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Ian Milne
89 Nightingale Road
Petts Wood, Orpington
Kent BR5 1BH
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David W. Maloney B.Ed, M.A
Life Vice-President
Norman Bunton M.Sc, C.Chem, F.R.S.C

Marc Maitland LL.B, LL.M. (Cantab)
25 Hazlebury Road
London SW6 2NA
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We seem to posting far too many obituaries these days. Sad news has reached us that much respected historian Stephen Humphrey died on November 30th 2016.

Born near the Elephant and Castle in 1952, Stephen attended WCS from 1963 – 1970. He was the author of eight books on the history of Southwark and worked for the Borough at Southwark’s Local History Library for over 30 years before retiring in 2010.

He continued to write and lecture on the borough’s history and had a column in the South London Press. He was also involved in numerous historical societies, projects and commemorative steering groups. His acclaimed book on the History of the Elephant and Castle, was published following 25 years research. His knowledge of that part of London was quite unique. Stephen was given the freedom of the Borough, along with actor Michael Caine, in 2012.

A regular attendee at OWCA reunion dinners, Stephen was an extraordinarily popular figure and many hundreds of people attended his funeral on 19th January at St. George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Southwark.


Barrister Marc Maitland (at WCS 1976 – 84) has served the OWCA well as association secretary and as a Trustee. He recently sold his home in Hazlebury Road, Fulham and moved north to Rippingdale, Nr. Bourne Lincolnshire.

In his spare time, Marc is a transport and, in particular, railway enthusiast. He also possesses a fine model railway. So, we imagine he has realised a dream by buying his own railway station home complete with track and steam engine. The Great Northern Railway station was built in 1872 but closed during the Beeching era in the early 1960s.

The station has been converted to living accommodation but still has many original features including track, engine sheds and a 1924 locomotive. The property was listed as one of the most unusual to be sold in 2016. So we wish Marc well and hope he doesn’t go off the rails! Our pictures show the station and Marc on the footplate of his real life engine.


OWCA Celebration Lunch 2017

at Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, London WC1 on

Saturday 22nd April 2017 at 12.00 pm for 1.00 pm

Instead of having our usual formal Annual Dinner at the School on a weekday, this year we have scheduled an informal lunch on a Saturday at a central London hotel. Whilst the school is a nostalgic venue, the additional cost that we would have to bear has become prohibitive. What’s more, for a change, we would like to welcome friends, wives and partners to the lunch as well. We have also chosen a later date when London will be a bit warmer!