Ted Baldry Tribute

      Rodney clark 2016 aged 81

      mrs helen harker 2013 aged 84

      Mrs jill bonsall 2013 aged 87

      Ron shuttleworth may 2016 aged 84

      Bill mackay may 2015 aged 90

      Joyce mabel mcaughtry march 2015

      rosemary  jackson (nee kennedy) devember 2014 aged 62

      zena marjorie scoley mbe dl november 2014 aged 83

      Ian lewin november 2014 aged 71

      Accordion richard laws october 2014 aged 88

      david younger 1943 - 2014

      Jim andrews 1932 - 2013

      shirley baldry 1934 - 2013

      EDWARD (TED) BALDRY JUNE 2016 aged 84

      Ted Baldry arrived at Dame Allan’s in 1957 from Hull Grammar School and, as Head of Biology, created a department that has consistently been one of the most distinguished and successful departments in the school. Not only did he have a deep knowledge of Biology, but he had the ability to communicate with children from the reluctant 11 year old to the aspiring medical student in the Upper 6th. Many have gone on to distinguished careers in Medicine or related disciplines. Those who were taught by him comment on his kindness and generosity, his inimitable and inspirational style of teaching and above all his enthusiasm. His contribution to the life of the school went far beyond his teaching of biology however. The Boys’ School tennis team enjoyed much success under his leadership. Stories of his ski holidays would fill a book in themselves whilst his love of the hills was shown to many by his leadership of the Pedestrians’ Society. He was also a very accomplished photographer, another skill which he passed on with his trademark enthusiasm through the Photographic Society. Ted was hit very hard by the sudden loss of his wife Shirley in 2014 who had taught for a time in the Girls’ School.  Together they were a formidable source of care and support for many over the years. His knowledge of former students was phenomenal - he was a key figure in planning and organising the Science Dinner in 2007, which also marked his 50th year connected with Dame Allan's. He was the organiser of The Gallery, the retired staff lunch group, and kept contact with many colleagues stretching back across decades. He was also a man of extraordinary generosity, sometimes masked by a bluff exterior, a loyal friend and a man of conviction and integrity - he will be sorely missed.  Boys' School Head of Biology 1957-1994  Boys' School Senior Master 1990-1994  For many years Exams Officer in the Boys’ School, Staff Rep on DASPA and DAOBA (now Allanian Society) and active member of the Board of the alumni organisations, latterly the Allanian Society, until his death. 

      colonel alexander kirk johnson mbe aged 99

      Born in Barlow Village, County Durham, on 13 November 1918, Alexander Kirk Johnson was the middle child of three boys.  His father was a miner and he had a poor, but happy, upbringing. At 11, he attended Blaydon Secondary School for one year with a five-and-a-half mile walk to school and completed his schooling at Hookergate Grammar School when he only had to walk two miles!

      Following school, he began training as a biochemist in a brewery which he hated and he was then called up, age 20, in the First Militia to train at Carlisle. War began in the middle of training and he was posted to Winterbourne, near Salisbury, ironically for chemical warfare training. Whilst stationed there, he met his future wife Ruth at a village dance and they married in 1942. Two years later, their daughter Susan was born.

      After training in the use of poison gas, Alex was sent to France.  He was captured but managed to escape and, after several adventures, arrived at Dunkirk. He then joined 6th Commando and was involved in the raids on the Lofoten Islands and Vaagso in Norway. Smaller raids on the Pas de Calais followed after which he was offered a commission which meant leaving the Commandos. He was posted to a Royal Engineer regiment and was involved early on D-Day clearing the beaches.  He and his soldiers became involved in the “Falaise Gap” where the British and Canadian forces met and drove the Germans into retreat across the Seine. His troops were among the first into Belsen and the smells and sights remained with him always.

      In May 1947 the Territorial Army was reforming and he joined immediately, staying in the Royal Engineers until 1962. He was then asked to be County Commandant of Tyne and Wear Army Cadet Force where he served for 21 years, during which he was promoted to Colonel. In 1985 he was invited to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.

      Following demobilisation in 1947, Alex trained as a teacher and spent many years at Whickham School before realising his ambition to run his own independent school – Linden School – in Forest Hall, near Newcastle.  The school flourished under his guidance and he successfully influenced the lives of hundreds of children, commanding complete respect, yet being approachable and caring.  He was passionate about helping pupils to attain their full potential and the Linden children were moulded into strong and confident people.  He finally took early retirement in 1997 aged 79! 

      Alex led an active life in the local community in Rowlands Gill and served on several committees. He was a keen bowler both indoors and out until weeks before his death and during his latter years he wrote several books on the local area travelling around giving talks to schools and community groups.

      He was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather and is greatly missed by his family and friends.

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