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Oliver Francis HUYSHE Headmaster 1928 - 1948

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Oliver Francis HUYSHE Headmaster 1928 - 1948 was created by Holladay 111

Even in the 21st century wheels of communication can turn exceedingly slowly. A query was placed here on the website in January 2014 by a Maurice Webb; he has no connection with Ravenswood other than having purchased a rather nice secondhand Carriage Clock at an Antiques Fair in the Bath area some ten years ago as a present for his wife. Time passed and I assume in late 2013 he decided to try and find a bit more about "O F H" and "Ravenswood" and eventually came across this website.



As you can see from one of the images Oliver Francis Huyshe was at Ravenswood School in 1928. It is believed that he initially assisted the Founder of Ravenswood - Durbin S. Sparke (and his wife) either as Joint or Deputy Head. Pictures of both can be seen amongst the School Photographs of that period here on the Website - Mr Sparke (to become Major) was called up for service in 1939 leaving O F Huyshe in charge. When the contingent from Pembroke House School arrived (very early 1940s, but I do not know for certain) from the London Area made up of some 40 - 50 pupils their principal teacher (?) Mr Phipps joined with O F Huyshe as Joint Head - Mr Phipps too was ably assisted by his wife!

In 1948 O F Huyshe retired and this Carriage Clock was presented by the School to him in recognition of 20 years service to Ravenswood School.
Oliver Francis Huyshe MC., B.A. held a commission in the R.A.S.C. and was awarded the MC in the Great War. Major D (Durbin) S. Sparke was also awarded the M.C.

At around the time Maurice Webb was posting his query on the website so also was a Nick Bennett - he too had no direct link to Ravenswood but was anxious to try and source more information and images of a relative of his, a Great Uncle - --Oliver Francis Huyshe -- what a small world it is !
Maurice Webb and Nick Bennett are, by now, hopefully in contact.

I am hopeful that the information given is accurate, my thanks to Richard Mackie and Peter Henderson of Kings School, Canterbury at which O F Huyshe was schooled for some of the above detail.

If you have anything to add or have anything about the School during Wartime please post it here on the Website.
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