Bill Bowler
Husborne Crawley Pupil
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Bill Bower was born in Husborne Crawley in 1908. He lived in Husborne Crawley until his marriage in 1939. Here he recalls his boyhood memories living in the village and attending the village school .
I started school in 1913 when I was 5. The Headmistress was Miss Sharp. We used to call her Betty Blunt. We didn't really get on that well together. Then Miss Smith came from Aspley Guise who knew more than Miss Sharp did and when it came time for me to leave, she went to see my Dad and said, "Let your son stop another 12 months cos I could do him the world of good". That was because with Miss Sharp so long as we read the Bible and all that then she felt everything was going all right.
Bill Bowler in the school group from 1916
In the centre of the back row with the wide white colar
When I was at school there was a chap who used to give dancing lessons in the Reading room and we had to pay 6d for a lesson every week. That's how I learnt to dance. We never had any music to listen to. It was only when we were older that Mrs. Sibley used to come and play the piano".
The Reading Room