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Bertram Charles Burch (Athens, 1924-1928)

April 7, 2015

It is with great sadness that the Association has learned of the death of its oldest Member, Bertram (Bertie) Burch at the age of 102 years. Chris Sorrell has been in touch with the family, and has prepared the following message:

We were notified a little while ago of the passing of Bertie Burch on the 17th March aged 102. He has revelled in the title of the Oldest Old Boy for some years now and was the last person alive who was taught by Mr Hitchcock the very first Head of SHSB who retired in 1925. I published his life story in the 2010 magazine and went to see him in early December along with Clive Shiret our Chairman. He was chatty, lucid and in pretty good form.

Please spread the word as this email has only gone out to Members of the OSA Executive Committee and other senior members of the Association. 

His funeral is on Thursday 16th April at Southend Crematorium at 2.40pm and it would be nice for a decent Association presence on the day to honour Bertie. 

Chris Sorrell
Sparta (1975-1982)

Can You Help?

December 9, 2009

The OSA has received an enquiry from Peter Bion, the son of: Maurice Frank Bion (born Feb 1920)

Maurice attended Southend on Sea High School for Boys through the mid 1930's. His Matriculation certificate records his GSE results from December 1937 and awards Matriculation from Jan 1939. His address in Southend on Sea while he attended high school was 46 Durham Rd, Southchurch, Southend on Sea.

He commenced study at Queen Mary's College at the University of London in either 1938 or 1939, but these studies were than interrupted by the war. With the out-break of WW2 went to High Wycombe working for Marconi’s. He married during the war whilst at High Wycombe and in 1953 moved from High Wycombe to Australia. In Australia he worked at the Weapons Research Establishment near Adelaide, spending much time at Woomera and Maralinga in the 1950’s. He died of cancer in 1975.

If any Old Boy has any information that can be shared with his son, either about the School Career or the School medal and Colours (believed to be for Yachting) awarded to Maurice (see picture), please contact me.

Paul Johnson

Hon Secretary

secretary@oldsouthendianassociation.org