The T.P.Gleave Letter (July 2013)
From: Alan Killen
With reference to the page in the 'Notables' section, which mainly concentrates on his flying career, I thought that I might just add a few more details about him and his early life.
When I joined the Collegiate in September 1949 as a member of "3A" with Mr C.R. Woodward ("Woody") as my form-master, that book (by "RAF Casualty") existed in the school library. The war-time restrictions on identities of serving personnel did not allow it to appear under his own name but the pseudonym "RAF Casualty" was revealed within that school-library copy. On the fly-leaf, in his own hand-writing was the following :-
Tom Gleave lived at 92 Newby Street, Walton (at the top-end opposite Stanley Park) … " in the shadow of Goodison Park " as he told me. The school he attended prior to Collegiate was "The Westminster High School" in Spellow Lane – a privately-run establishment which catered for pupils in the 7-plus bracket (lower floor) and "Commercial " pupils on the top-floor.
The family business (Leather Merchants) operated from a shop on Walton Road in the middle of the block between Netley Street & Barlow Lane (Burton's on the corner) a few hundred yards from the family home ... cross over Walton Rd, up to the top of Langham Street, turn right and 2nd on right is Newby Street. Sadly, Tom's old house (#92) has been demolished in recent years to become … a car-park !
Cheers - Alan Killen
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