Rodney G.D Hawkins (Rhodesia)
I am an "old boy" having trained at the School in Dover from 19.2.62 to
21.6.62. Unfortunately I cannot remember which class I was in, nor the
names of any of my class mates or tutors even. Terrible isn't it! My
Leaving Certificate was signed by J.S.Hough.
I was living in Rhodesia at the time and recall obtaining a "scholarship"
to attend the School. I remember the School itself very well, with fond
memories. I was Confirmed through the School, remembering the Church
Parades on Sundays. Although I don't recall the names of anybody I was
there with I do remember having a fight with one boy on the steps leading
up to the Parade Ground because I was from Rhodesia!
I was the last boy of my Class to be allocated to a ship, going to MV
Rakaia at Smith's Docks, North Shields. This led to a wonderful few years
with New Zealand Shipping and Union Castle.