Headmaster. He was born in 1898, and certainly exemplified the
old-fashioned approach to being a Head - not necessarily a bad thing:
though formal and perhaps a bit rigid in his attitudes he was
approachable and certainly very fair-minded. I did once see him go
into a near fury over a slightly persistent question (in one of his
regular Q & A sessions at the end of his Religious Knowledge
classes) over being allowed to wear duffel-coats instead of the
regulation navy raincoats: he actually referred to schools who
allowed this as 'going to rack and ruin'.
All schoolmasters get into patterns of speech and behaviour
which their pupils pick up and imitate. In A.H.B.'s case, if he
approved of you, you were a 'chap', but if he didn't, you were a
'fellow' (as in "You fellows shouldn't..." whatever it was).
Many of the things I disliked about Warwick - the emphasis on
games, a certain academic rigidity, and an inflexibility in dealing
with boys (not only me) who didn't quite fit the expected mould -
must I suppose be laid at his door, as he did exert a close control
over the running of the school: to balance this he was always
respected for his fairness and his manners, and indeed for firm
leadership even if one did not always agree with him.
He retired in 1962 and died in 1969.
- All photographs © R.F.Wilmut