John Bulled
JOHN BULLED 1917 - 2005 .....


.... was born  23 Feb 1917 in South Molton, Devon.

His father was an Elementary School Headmaster so the family moved through promotion to Bradninch,Tewkesbury, finally settling in Exmouth.

John attended Exmouth Grammar School, had the choice of being educated with the fee-paying or the scholarship children, and chose the latter.

He matriculated at 14 in 1931 in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Latin, History and Geography.  At 15,  he completed Higher School Certificate (normally taken at 18) in History, Geography, Latin, and English

He took university scholarship exams for the next two years studying by himself. He was unable to take a Cambridge place because of funding.

In 1938 he gained a 1st class Honours Degree at the University College of the South West, an outpost of London University, now Exeter University.

He continued at Exeter with his post graduate teacher qualification inc. teaching practice at Dartington Hall and Bideford Grammar School.

His first teaching post was at Tiverton in 1939.

He was conscripted in 1940 into the RAF and recalled square-bashing on Morecambe beach, moving on to Coastal Command as a navigator in Whiteleys and Halifax'es, and later served in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  He left the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

During the War his love of music was developed through attending  concerts and recitals in London and elsewhere with leading artistes of the day: eg. Menuhin, Moira Shearer.

After the War, he taught History at Tiverton GS and was involved in football and cricket and local amateur dramatics.

He married Nancy in 1947 ( she passed away in 2003).

He moved to schools in Wiltshire and then in Essex where he played County 2nd XI cricket and local club cricket and ran schools' football and cricket.

He became Headmaster of Lescudjack School in Penzance during 1954 - 1959 and was involved in Cornwall Schools' cricket and still playing football. His daughter Sue, was born in Penzance.

He moved to become Head at Haywards Heath Secondary School 1959-1968 and was heavily involved in Sussex schools' cricket and football including refereeing a Schoolboys International at Wembley, playing cricket, and refereeing local football.

He always maintained his strong interest in history, religious education, theatre and music.

He moved to Bradford in 1968 as Headmaster of Wyke Manor School where he worked until he retired in 1982.

He was secretary of Bradford Schools' Football Association and West Yorkshire Schools' Football Association. After his retirement, with the BSFA's Centenary approaching in 1991, John set out to research the history of the Association and spent numberous hours compiling this book.

He also continued his love of Cricket by being a team manager and Chairman of Yorkshire Schools' Cricket Association. He is remembered for raising funds and organising a National Schools' Cricket Festival and in 1980 he was elected as Chairman of the English Schools Cricket Association.

Son, Jeremy, was born to John and Jenny in 1977 and John spent his retirement principally playing an active part in his growing up whilst pursuing his life-long interest of music, theatre and team sports - on many occasions being the only spectator at Jenny's Haymakers hockey team matches.

When Jeremy was at secondary school, John (aged 75+) ran quite a bit of the school's cricket. He also organised the South East Hampshire Under 15s team.

John's grand daughter Alex was born in 1989 and went on to achieve good GCSE results during the Summer before John passed away aged 88.




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