Duke of York School

Nairobi Kenya

School Life

Paul Tanner Tremaine Collection

Duke of Yorks School Chapel
Sunday morning and Sunday dress - blazer, white shirt and long trousers - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Sundday Morning, Duke of York School
Staff attending chapel on Sunday mornings wore gowns and hoods - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Sunday Morning, Main Quad, Duke of York School
Prior to Matins and Evensong pupils fell in by house in the quad to await the arrival of the headmaster.  Standing to attention the flag was raised or broken and after that pupils fell out and proceeded to chapel - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Dormitory Duke of York School
After lunch pupils were required to return the the dorm and stay on their beds until proceeding to afternoon class on Mondays, Tusedays and Fridays.  On Wednesday afternoons pupils could bid for a place on the shopping lorry which tok them to Nairobi;  Thursday afternoons was Cadets and judging by the army belt and tin of Brasso it looks as though this picture was taken on a Thursday - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Speke House Dormitory Duke of York School
Scene in a Speke dormitory - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Speke House Dormitory Duke of York School
Sunday morning after chapel.  In Mitchell House the boys at the end of each row were responsible for ensuring the wardrobe doors were closed before inspection in the mornings and before supper in the evenings - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Duke of York School study
4th year study.  Three boys were allocated to each study.  The prefects had theri own common room and the head of house would have a study to himself - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
weekend Duke of York School
Relaxing on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
weekend Duke of York School
Outside Speke House - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Duke of York School Cadets
Thursday Afternoon and compulsory Combined Cadet Force - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Train Spotting at Duke of York School
Tribal Class 2902 Bukusu passes the Glade on a Nairobi-bound goods train - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Unidentified up mixed traffic train in the deep cutting by Speke and Lugard Houses - PHOTO PaulTanner Tremaine
Failed Tribal Class 3139 Pokomo attracts attention after apparently running out of water  - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Failed English Electric 90 Class diesel in the cutting by Speke and Lugard Houses  - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine
Schoolboys get an unauthorised cab visit as the 90 awaits rescue  - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine

Boys gather on the embankment to examine look at the failed goods train - note the pupil with the hockey stick. - PHOTO Paul Tanner Tremaine

The hockey pitches were by the railway overbridge that crossed the school drive

The trains which literally passed through the school grounds did not attract all that much attention from most of the boys but there were a few enthusiasts and any enthusiast would have been delighted to be in Speke or Lugard which were right next to the line.

Train Number 3 Up - all stations, 2nd and 3rd Class to Kampala could be observed daily from the Junior Houses Dining Hall where tea and buttered brown bread was dispensed from a window during morning break.

The most impressive motive power was undoubtedly the 59 Class Garratts which could often be heard after lights out as they pounded up the grade with a heavy freight for Nakuru - the limit of 59 Class operations west of Nairobi.

Train Number 2 Down -the  Mail Train from Kampala - passed through the school just after 17:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Unfortunately my camera was not up to taking moving shots and i never got the opportunity to take photographs like these rare and superb photos from Paul

I am grateful to Paul for allowing me to show his pictures.

Duke of York School


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