From Andrew Baxter:
I can sense the anticipation in the air for the reunion. It should be a great day. Do you remember a month or so ago that you put up a photo of first year boys at a Christmas party, and one of the lads was Peter Capon? He spotted that and was pleased to see himself.
I came across a possible reference to him/his family in an old book that I have. He may not have seen this reference and I wonder if it would be something for the blog?
Nash’s Paper Mill. St Paul’s Cray.
Does anyone remember the paper mill that was along the back lane to St Paul’s Cray? I’m not sure the mill is there anymore. It’s probably an industrial estate now.
For many years I have owned a book about the history of the paper mill, which includes a graphic diary of the war years 1939 – 1945.
An entry for 21 July 1944 says damage was done to Capon’s house. I wonder if this is ‘our’ Capon from 1954? It looks like it was hit by a V1.
The entry for 2 August says ‘People outside the south-east have no conception of what we are undergoing.’ That ties in with the blog from Smacksman, who had his windows blown in many times.
The war diary refers to many families from the war years who worked at the mill. These references could be CVTS families. I’ll bring the book down for the reunion, and old boys can check it for their ancestors.
AndrewBaxter answers Neil Handley’s query
I had a look through my book about the mill, but could see no reference to a Mr Parsons in the text, but I did spot a Mr Parsons in a photograph from 1910. He is not wearing specs in the photo and doesn’t look managerial and it’s 10 years earlier. Possibly not the Parsons we are looking for. But might be his father. I knew a Christine Parsons from St Mary Cray in the 1950’s so she might be a relative. I’m very curious as to why someone’s specs should be interesting enough to send to the college, and why some research is needed to find out about a Mr Parsons who lived nearly 100 years ago. To Mr Handley: Please fill us in with at least a photo of the specs, if you pick this up on our blog.