My Story


We are very grateful to Joe Pengelly (1936-43) for being the first Old Boy to provide some spoken recollections not only of his life and times as a student at DHSB, but through his varied career which included a long spell as a familiar face of the news at BBC Spotlight South West.

Use this link  to download and play the MP3 file.  Joe was interviewed by DHSB Radio presenters Henry Spencer and Alfie Carlisle on Wednesday 13 April at the school radio station.

We welcome recollections, memories and personal stories from our Old Boys – please send in an editable format to

The first such submissions have been received from Peter Wright a student between 1953 and 1960 and Malcolm Eastcott (43 – 48) with some wonderful recollections as a student evacuee in Penzance.  Equally fascinating stories of the wartime years are also recounted by Robert G Coles (43 – 50) and Bob Rickard.

We are grateful for the most recent recollections which were posthumously donated by the family of Barrie Rundle and describe his experience as an evacuee in Penzance and his subsequent employment within the building industry as a quantity surveyor.  Our thanks to Patricia Wass, Barrie’s daughter, for transposing the notes which were handwritten on the occasion of the school’s centenary in 1996.

Please use the links below to access their stories:-

Memories of Barrie Rundle 39-46

How to improve your French – Peter Wright 53 – 60

A tale or two from 1943 – Malcolm Eastcott

Earliest Memories DHS – Robert G Coles 1943 – 1950

Memories of Penzance – Bob Rickard

Tales from down Under – John Roger Yates 1951 – 58

Reminiscences of life at Cody High School Detroit – John Yates Williams

Memories of Penzance – Maurice Brereton

The evacuation of DHSB 1941 – 45 Margaret Hodgson