It is April 2011 and Mr Pearce (who was born in 1937) is looking at his photo of Class 1 Hadleigh Infants taken 19th June 1945.
Mr Pearce’s clocks are ticking comfortably in the background and we relax as he describes the children he knew in that class. The photo shows 53 very healthy eight year olds posed in semi shade to one side of the school; the windows are taped against glass splinters from bomb damage.
To the left of the group is their teacher, Mrs Lockwood, who lived in Beech Road at the time. (The Headmaster, Mr Tutt, is not in this picture.)
Along the back row from the left we see, Alan Hudson, Johnny August, Leslie Millbank, Tony Coleman, Brian Cornwall, Michael Buick, Frank Alway, Brian Pearce, a girl, Pamela Wayland and Ivy Anderson.
2nd row from back: Mavis Jenkins, Shirley Cole perhaps, (if it is Shirley, she had 4 brothers: Joe, Derek, Lenny and Terry,) three girls to be identified, Sidney Shaw, possibly either Peter Coop or Colin Herbert; either Jeffrey Burrows or Barry Jeffries; a girl, Michael L Nicholls.
3rd row: Trevor Jenkins, Michael Cooke, John Robinson, Margaret Whitock, Roy Neagus, John Wheatley, either Peter Coop or Colin Herbert, Shirley Sibley, Evonne Edney, John Cowley, Michael T Nicholls.
4th row: Pauline Matthews, David Allison, Derek Hanson, Eileen Sargent, girl, Teddy Land, Valerie Pounds, Brian George, a girl, Rita Little, Jean Everitt.
5th row: Gladis Ballard, Muriel Wilkinson, Daphnie Polly, Emily Bullock, Eileen Bashford, Sheila Hancock, Brenda Theabald, Rosemary Lowe, Hazel White, Carol Mathias.
Remarkably, Mr Pearce runs through the names as though the class was yesterday. On the back of the photo is the list of known names in alphabetical order, with a neat side list of those not yet matched with the picture.
The above spellings have been aligned with those shown on the back.