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Halesowen teacher 'Killer Crampton' was kind Uncle Arthur

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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IN response to the article on page 17 of The Bugle (April 3 edition) re Halesowen County Modern Boys School, the teacher 'Killer Crampton' who struck fear into all who crossed his path was my uncle.

Strictly speaking he was my mother's cousin. His name was Arthur Crampton, and he was Head of Maths at the school and from the Colley Gate area of Halesowen.

I lost touch with him in the late 1950s, and although many of my friends went to the County Modern School and were terrified of him, I have fond, abiding memories of him.

My father was terminally ill and in his last weeks, in March 1954, was in great pain. Arthur Crampton insisted that our house in that situation was no place for a young boy to be, and he took me to live at his house for a couple of weeks while my dad was at his worst. In fact he was dying, and passed away while I was at my uncle's house.

I went to the Grammar School so was never taught by the 'Killer' Crampton my friends used to tell me about. In my own experience he was a different man, a very kind uncle.

Robert Carradine,


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