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Dunstable Grammar School

Dunstable School

The Frances Ashton School

High Street North, Dunstable, Beds





John at the 2014 Lunch, with former Head Boy David Taylor


Ypres head protection, with wife Lynda and Alan McMurray




In Memory Of John Bryant

(1949 – 2022)

At School: 1961 – 1967

D.S.O.B.A Chairman: 2004 – 2022

Members were shocked and saddened to hear that our Chairman suffered a heart attack in his sleep and died on Thursday morning (August 4th).  John, 72, had returned home only a few days earlier after undergoing a knee replacement operation.
 He became Chairman in 2004 and proved an ideal leader. He set out his stall in his first letter to Members, requesting email addresses to improve communications and talking of a website, while thanking the new, “younger” Committee Members, Robin Marriott and Ian Stewart, for their efforts in this direction.
 He led the introduction of our present newspaper-style Newsletter in 2011, forged links with Dunstablians Rugby Club and set up the initiative of a plaque in St George’s Church, Ypres, to commemorate our former pupils who had died in the Great War.
 John’s legacy, in 2022, is an Association that has a 500+ membership, with ex-pupils always joining, a Newsletter that keeps Members in touch more efficiently and a website constantly developing under David Durnford’s touch. The Annual Lunch still proves popular despite the loss of our venue when the School buildings were sold to a developer.  But he was always more than “the Chairman”. To the Members, he was cheerful, charismatic and sociable. To his fellow Year of 61-ers, he was simply our mate. We will all miss him very much.

John's funeral was held at St George of England Church at 10:30am, on Monday 12th September 2022.


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John, in striped Jacket behind the front four, during a school geography field trip to Cornwall in 1967. The photo also features Alan Robertson, Steve Clarke, Tony Morris, Howard Davies, Adrian Tibbett, Ross Tomkins, Roger Powley, Brian Grigg (?), Mick Scuse and Andrew Amos



In St George’s Church, Ypres, in 2015 to commemorate our plaque to our First World War Fallen, flanked by Alan McMurray and Chris Jell; Den O’Donoghue and Tony Morris



John meets his French pen-friend Jean-Michel Delsuc for the first time in 2013 – 52 years after their first letters



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