Bob

Bob was born in Liverpool in 1935, and went to the Foundling Hospital School at Berkhamsted in 1940.  Upon leaving the School, he entered the catering industry, completed his national service and worked in the army and the civil service.  He later worked in administration and book keeping positions.  He is married and has one daughter.

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Totally captive

Audio Transcript

We were all bullied... I know... that... in every residential school in the country, there has always been bullying for... years-- year immemorial, really, and it still goes on today. I think the big difference was that we were totally captive at Berkhamsted … say we were in one of the locker rooms, we would be told to sit round the sides, which we were, put our hands on our heads and close our eyes.  And... you would sit like that and you would not know when or how you was going to be hit, or how they were going to be hit, or what with, or whatever other sport the lar-- bigger boys decided they wanted to get involved in.  So you would sit like that all the time and you might get away, not get hit at all... just depended on, entirely on their whims.  And after a while they would get fed up with that and then they would pick on... two or three of us and would give them a really rough time of it, but that was... just the way things were.  But you couldn't get away from it.