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Tim Deakin (HH 1939-1945)

As one of our oldest 'old boys', at 86 years old, we were delighted to welcome Tim Deakin to school to share his memories.

Tim Deakin in front of the Chapel windows from Hordle House Tim Deakin in front of the Chapel windows from Hordle House

Dissapointed at not being able to make the Hordle House reunion in June, Tim Deakin took the next available opportunity to come down to Walhampton for a visit. On a sunny afternoon, we warmly welcomed Tim and his daughter to look around the school and share stories of Hordle House.

Tim was pleased to see some of the Hordle House items that are in permenant residence at Walhampton, including the stained glass windows from the chapel at Hordle, the scholarship board and the memorial board.

Although Tim was at the school a few years after the men on the memorial board, he recognised names and knew younger brothers of several. It was an emotional trip down memory lane, looking back at his time at school, which spanned the war exactly. He recalled how they would listen to terrifying broadcasts of the progress of the war each morning, and how many sad announcements were made in chapel. He was at Hordle House school only one year before being evacuated with the rest of his school mates up to Underley Hall in Cumbria. He spend five years that where they were able to avoid the air raids that had been too familiar down on the coast.

His rare insight into life in the late 1930s, early 1940s was fascinating and we hope that he will return in the not too distant future to tell us more.