Old Boys ‘In Memoriam’

Donald Peter Iddon – 1965-1974 In Memoriam

Deceased 21st June 2016 Lists of names on the Honours’ Boards are a focal point for visitors to the Boys’ School as this helps to refresh memories of team and class mates.  On the Heads of School Board is the name of Donald Peter Iddon, who preferred to be called Peter.  During his time as […]

Alastair Hall Swayn 1944–2016

Alastair Swayn, who died on 4 August 2016 of brain cancer, left his distinctive mark on Australia’s national capital, Canberra, through his many striking and innovative public and private buildings designed in his role as director of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects.  As the inaugural Australian Capital Territory Government Architect, Alastair ensured that design and […]

Reverend Canon John Ratings In Memoriam (1957 Leaver)

Reverend Canon John Ratings – Old Boy (1957 Leaver)  On leaving the Sixth Form in 1957 John completed two years of National Service before reading Theology at St Peter’s College, Oxford followed by two years at Cuddesdon Theological College. He served his first curacy at All Saints’ and Martyrs’ Langley in the Manchester diocese under […]

In Memoriam: A 2010 Interview with Old Boy Tony Barrow (1947 Leaver)

Last month we were informed, along with the world, of the sad passing of Tony Barrow an Old Boy of the school who was also the Press Officer for the Beatles. Tony was born on May 11th 1936 and attended Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School in the 1940’s. The article below is an interview with Tony […]

Edward Jones In Memoriam (Leaver 1983)

  Ed Jones (“Eddie”) and I grew up literally around the corner from each other in Crosby and ran along parallel paths at school from the age of 5 at Forefield Lane through our time at MTS leaving in 1983.  We shared many experiences through school and outside and it was amazing to see the […]

John Michael Ginnings 1939-2014 (Leaver 1958)

John Michael was born on the 1st November 1939 in the London Hospital in Whitechapel At school he was a good all-rounder, rather than an outstanding student. He played cricket and rugby for the school; he was a strong distance swimmer; he sang in the school choir and took a leading part in school amateur […]

Giles Watson 1954-2015 (Leaver 1972)

Giles was born in Scotland in 1954. He showed a passion for languages at Merchants, where he slipped in extra O-levels in Spanish, Russian and Modern Greek, learning the latter from the ‘Teach Yourself.’ book!  In 1976,Giles gained a First from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in Modern and Medieval Languages, and then spent some years working in […]

John Richard Hatton 1945-2014 (Leaver 1962)

  Richard was born in Crosby in 1945 and attended Merchant Taylors’ School there. His interest in music began at an early age and he learned to play viola (possibly with A. D. Ashcroft).   However, it was science subjects which formed his main ‘A’ levels, in addition to music.  He studied chemistry at Nottingham University […]

Dennis Parker 1925-2013 (Leaver 1936)

Much loved father, husband and former Merchant Taylors’ Old Boy, Dennis Parker, passed away in July 2013 aged 87. Born in Essex, Dennis spent his early childhood living in Crosby and attended Merchant Taylors’ School in the 1930s when his father transferred to Liverpool through work. Dennis lived in the suburbs in Crosby surrounding the school, the housing […]

Percy Malpas – MTS 1912 –1918 In Memoriam

Born 2 January 1901 at Harwich, Percy came from at least two generations with connections to naval construction. His father, Emus Sidney Malpas was a marine engineer and his grandfather William Henry Malpas was a 1st Class Assistant Constructor in the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Percy’s father died in 1908 and in 1912, while […]