William George Nursaw, born 5th September 1903, attended ‘Holloway’ from 1913-1918. Bill was a keen sportsman and at the age of 18 ran youth clubs at the Round Chapel, Clapton Park and then the Congregational Church, Chingford. Bill had a successful career in the City and wrote weekly financial articles for ‘The Observer’ and published a number of books (see website). Bill attended every Old Camdenian dinner from 1923 to 1958, with the exception 1927 and during WWII. Beale’s Restaurant; the Kings Head Hotel; the Comedy Restaurant and the Connaught Rooms. How do we know? Because, Bill’s daughter, Mrs Ann Batterbury (nee Nursaw) has donated Bill’s collection of ‘OCC dinner menu’ cards – all signed by other guests! Wow, many thanks Ann. I have placed them on our website for all to see. Bill passed away on 3rd August 1994. Meanwhile, Ann is trying to piece together more information on Bill

Barbara Stokes Chaubard, daughter of the late professor Eric Thomas Stokes, contacted me from the University of Lorraine, France, concerning an error in the Eminent OC’s list and for information on R.J.King.Whilst scanning the menu cards I made an interesting discovery that at the OCC’s Farewell Dinner for F.R. Hurlston-Jones Esq., M.A., Saturday 7th December 1946: Toasts; ‘The School and Staff’;was proposed by E.T.Stokes, Esq. Yes, Barbara’s father. I emailed Barbara and she replied, “Thank you very much for both your e mails. Quite a coincidence that you have just discovered that my father proposed a toast on Saturday 7th December 1946 at the annual dinner. In October 1946 (aged 22) my father, having served in the Indian Mounted Artillery, returned to Christ’s College, Cambridge to continue his studies. I imagine he enjoyed seeing his old masters and headmaster on this occasion and had a story or two to tell about his time in India.”

I am currently looking for OCC menu cards from 1959 to 2019. So, if you have any please let me know – thank you!

Date Menu Card Menu Toasts
1923 OCC Menu Card 5th 12.12.23 OCC Menu Card 5th 12.12.23 Menu Toasts
1924 OCC Menu Card 6th 12.12.24 OCC Menu Card 6th 12.12.24 Menu Toasts
1925 OCC Menu Card 7th 11.12.25 OCC Menu Card 7th 11.12.25 Menu Toasts
1926 OCC Menu Card 8th 19.12.26 OCC Menu Card 8th 19.12.26 Menu Toasts
1928 OCC Menu Card 10th 14.12.28 OCC Menu Card 10th 14.12.28 Menu Toasts
1929 OCC Menu Card 11th 13.12.29 OCC Menu Card 11th 13.12.29 Menu Toasts
1930 OCC Menu Card 12th 5.12.30 OCC Menu Card 12th 5.12.30 Menu Toasts
1931 OCC Menu Card 13th 11.12.31 OCC Menu Card 13th 11.12.31 Menu Toasts
1932 OCC Menu Card 14th 2.12.32 OCC Menu Card 14th 2.12.32 Menu Toasts
1933 OCC Menu Card 15th 1.12.33 OCC Menu Card 15th 1.12.33 Menu Toasts
1934 OCC Menu Card 16th 7.12.34 OCC Menu Card 16th 7.12.34 Menu Toasts
1935 OCC Menu Card 17th 6.12.35 OCC Menu Card 17th 6.12.35 Menu Toasts
1936 OCC Menu Card 18th 4.12.36 OCC Menu Card 18th 4.12.36 Menu Toasts
1937 OCC Menu Card 19th 3.12.37 OCC Menu Card 19th 3.12.37 Menu Toasts
1938 OCC Menu Card 20th 2.12.38 OCC Menu Card 20th 2.12.38 Menu Toasts
1946 OCC Menu Card 21st 7.12.46 OCC Menu Card 21st 7.12.46 Menu Toasts
1947 OCC Menu Card 22nd 20.12.47
1948 OCC Menu Card 23rd 11.12.48 OCC Menu Card 23rd 11.12.48 Menu Toasts
1949 OCC Menu Card 24th 2.12.49 OCC Menu Card 24th 2.12.49 Menu Toasts
1950 OCC Menu Card 25th 2.12.50 OCC Menu Card 25th 2.12.50 Menu Toasts
1951 OCC Menu Card 26th 30.11.51 OCC Menu Card 26th 30.11.51 Menu Toasts
1952 OCC Menu Card 27th 28 11 52 OCC Menu Card 27th 28 11 52 Menu Toasts
1953 OCC Menu Card 14 7 53

OCC Menu Card 28th 27 11 53

OCC Menu Card 28th 27 11 53 Menu Toasts
1954 OCC Menu Card 29th 26 11 54 OCC Menu Card 29th 26 11 54 Menu Toasts
1955 OCC Menu Card 30th 25 11 55 OCC Menu Card 30th 25 11 55 Menu Toasts
1957 OCC Jubilee Dinner Menu Card 32nd 30 11 57 OCC Jubilee Dinner Menu Card 32nd 30 11 57 Menu Toasts
1958 OCC Menu Card 33rd 29 11 58 OCC Menu Card 33rd 29 11 58 Menu Toasts

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