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Re: Central School Archives
Margaret. I know exactly what you are looking for. Gordon Johnson was a pupil of JCS during the 1930s. At age 16 it was time to leave school and find a job. As there was very little in the way of job prospects in the 30s. the headmaster (an ex-army officer) offered each boy the opportunity to remain at the school to further their studies and enhance their job prospects. Gordon accepted and very soon he was offered a job with Reyrolles. War with Germany was declared and Gordon was conscripted into the royal Navy as a telegrapher. From this point his life was one of extreme danger and extreme bravery. He was secretly trained in the USA (neutral at the time) on the new flat-top aircraft carriers. Sailing under the command of Captain Walker, his ship and six destroyers virtually changed the course of the anti submarine war in North Atlantic between Canada and Russia.
There is much much more to this story. Somewhere in the depths of all the documents I have accumulated in my 83 years is the complete story of Gordon Johnson. Margaret, I will TRY to find it for you. It is amazing. I am in hibernation for the next 12 weeks or so and I will do my best. If you want to email me, ask Norman for my email address.
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