Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Thorntree Schoolboy Who Won the MBE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Thorntree Schoolboy Who Won the MBE

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FURTHER to the feature we published in RW96 about Thorntree School 6th Boys' Brigade, sent by Jim Wilson, one of the brigade's former members has written with his memories of that time and what happened to him later in life.

Douglas Eeles MBE, now living in Lincolnshire, writes: I received a copy of Remember When and when I saw the photographs of the Boys' Brigade from Thorntree School the memories came flooding back. I especially recall the teacher standing to the left of the football team. He was called Mr Reece and he had the most wonderful singing voice. He was also a kind and helpful teacher.

I am pictured in the photograph of the Boys' Brigade on the back row, second from the left. My younger brother David wanted to join too but at that time he was not old enough. I remember George Kirton, who appears in two of the pictures very well indeed.

I used to go to his house and we would walk down to the meetings together. He was a nice lad and his parents were lovely kind people. George passed his drum test and was given a stripe soon after.

I went to Thorntree School when there were no proper roads and house building was still going on all over the estate and the shops were just a shell. The bus was hourly and it was the Y route when we lived at 114 Carisbrooke Avenue next door to Mr and Mrs Smithson, Mr Smithson worked at ICI Plastics. I remember it was Mrs Smithson who came to our house to tell us that King George VI had died. The other families I recall included the Potters, the Kays with a twin boy and girl, the Horsefields and the Day family.

In our house there were my brothers Malcolm, Derek, David, Colin and our sister Mavis. Colin and Derek both served as national servicemen. Colin stayed on in Wales after his service ended. Derek worked at Crossley's bricks with our father, Cecil.

Malcolm joined the army at 15 and served in the REME for 25 years retiring as Staff Sergeant. …

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