Monday, October 18, 2010

Clarence Shaw

I just received the latest edition of my school's old boys magazine. It carries the obituary of one Clarence Shaw, who died earlier this year at the age of 93.

Clarence was a miner's son. In 1936 he became Head Boy of the grammar school. He got a scholarship to Oxford. He married in 1939, the same year he enlisted as a private in the Royal Artillery. During the war he served on convoy protection duty. He was torpedoed twice. On the second occasion he survived two weeks in a lifeboat before rescue. By the end of the war he had made Captain. When he was demobbed he trained as a teacher and entered the profession. He retired in 1980 as the Headmaster of a school near Barnsley. He had six children and liked to read the classics in the original Latin and Greek.

Just saying.

1 comment:

  1. David,

    this made me think of an article I found a couple of weeks ago. A chap was killed in a hit and run accident. The local paper ran his obit, and the inevitable happened - the comments box attracted some horrible postings. They responded in the most dignified way by writing up this snapshot of a life. It's wonderful.