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Mr Otterway

Mr. Otterway was a chemistry teacher at the Western Road School, in the 1930s.

Arthur, pupil in the school from 1933 to 1936, said:

Mr Otterway taught chemistry, and to punish unruly boys in his class, he would hit them around the face and neck with some rubber tubing from a bunsen burner.

One day he hit my cousin George, who had a carbuncle on his neck which burst as a result. Mr Otterway stopped using that form of punishment after that.

Mr Noakes

Mr. Noakes was a teacher at the Lower Mitcham School, possibly 1920s to 1930s.

Arthur, pupil in the school from 1927 to 1933, said:

I was dared by others in Mr Noakes’s class one day to throw a wad of blotting paper, full of ink, at him. I used a ruler to flick it to him while he was writing on the blackboard and so facing away from the class. As I let go, someone yelled out, and Mr Noakes turned round. The blotting paper hit him right in the mooi (face). He therefore saw who had aimed this at him!

He ordered me to go and see the other four teachers and get three strokes of the cane from each of them. Actually the fourth teacher asked how many strokes I had had before him. I said nine, and so he let me off, saying that nine was enough.
Even so, it made me think twice before I did that again.

His nickname was ‘Blue Dot’, as he had a blue dot on the side of his face, from a war injury.

Mr Shaddock

Mr. Shaddock was a teacher at the Lower Mitcham School, possibly 1920s to 1930s.

Arthur, a pupil in the school from 1927 to 1933, said:

Mr Shaddock was a teacher who smacked our faces if we did anything wrong. If you were good and he thought you were okay, he would take you to the speedway at Wimbledon which cost 6d. each to go in. He would take about six of you at a time.

Some Wednesdays we had sparring boxing with him, until one day when Freddy Stevens hit Mr Shaddock hard on the nose, and made it bleed. He packed it up after that!