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Harold A. H. Inglis 1935 – 2019

Class of 1953

Born in Newport-on-Tay, Harold’s father was the formidable Dr. Alexander Inglis, Principal Teacher of Maths at Bell Baxter High School, a Liverpool University contemporary of Mr ‘Wally’ Marshall ‘Second Master’ i.e. the Deputy Rector, who taught Physics. Prior to her marriage, Harold’s mother had taught at the High School.

Harold joined us in our second year of Senior School, becoming one of the gang from Tayport, Newport and Wormit travelling to and from school by train. Of solid build, he was recently remembered by another old classmate as a reliable player in the 1st XV rugby team. Upon reaching the age of 18, he was called up for two years National Service, virtually inevitable for all fit males who were not in Higher Education and whose call-up was deferred until they had graduated or had gained a professional qualification. After initial training, Harold was posted to a Royal Artillery unit in Malaya as it then was called. The sea voyage by troopship was not to his liking.

With that over, he spent his working life in the tanning industry based in the Midlands before retiring to Selkirk, active in Scouting and in the local kirk. Until his health faltered, Harold was one of a trio of former Newport Scouts relishing periodic get-togethers in Edinburgh’s Café Royal Bar, there to quaff a few beers, enjoy some food, re-tell old jokes, recall absent friends and set the world to rights.

Harold was a devoted and loving husband to Carol, father to Sheila, Fiona, Christine, Kerry, Frances and John as well as a beloved brother of Margot. As a long-standing member of the Church and Scouts he will be sadly missed by all.

Mr. Alan Robertson

Class of 1953 Former Pupil

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