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,
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
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
and was involved in football and cricket and local amateur
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
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
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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