College students during the Second World War


HERE’S a different slant on World War Two - the picture taken at Portadown College (then at Bann House) and the most obvious thing is that none of the young men of the Sixth Form are wearing school uniform, always a strict rule of PC, right up to the present day.

The problem was that school uniforms were simply not available during the war, and the students turned out in casual wear, some even without ties, which is the style in these modern times.

The picture was sent in by one of the 12, but he wishes his name to be kept secret! And he gave us information on them all, back left to right -

Harry Abraham - From a farming family at Breagh, Gilford Road, played rugby for the school firsts and hockey for Portadown First XI.

Andrew McKibben - Family owned Regal Styles Stitching factories in Portadown and Markethill. He became a nuclear physicist in London, living in Kingston-on-Thames.

Nelson Ruddell - Keen sportsman playing rugby and cricket for the school and cricket for Portadown. Also a golfer.

Jack Alexander - Lived in Thomas Street and went on to become headmaster at Larkfield Secondary School.

Alan Burnett - Son of High Street draper, an engineer who helped design Craigavon new town.

Jim Barriskill - Outstanding hockey player, who was vice-principal of Clounagh JHS and then principal at Thomas Street and Millington Primary Schools.

George Hamilton - Dentist in Banbridge, served in Royal Navy.

Front - Herbert Walsh - Family owned Drumcree Nursery and shop in High Street. Engineer who helped design Craigavon. Cousin of Alan Burnett.

Sam McMurray - Cycled to PC from Markethill for five years. Engineer on motorways in England.

Charles Hayes - Proprietor of Hayes Pipes near Lurgan, farmer and horse breeder.

George Ross from Alexander Gardens. Headmaster of Movilla Secondary in Newtownards, played rugby for CIYMS, Ulster and Ireland.

We thank our mystery man!