It’s coming home for Penshurst County Primary School, Hessle!

Were you at PENSHURST COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL located in HESSLE in 1966?

Front cover of letters
Penshurst County Primary School, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire

At the tender age of just 61, Duncan Cameron sadly passed away leaving behind his wife – who he met at the age of 16- his 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Whilst going through his personal effects, his eldest daughter Lindsey came across these letters Duncan had treasured for 52 years from his last days in Hessle. In hope of finding some of her beloved dad’s old school mates, she contacted the ‘I’m From Yorkshire’ facebook page.

Born in Redcar, Duncan was a popular little tyke and very much loved by his classmates after moving to Hessle in 1963. In 1966, Duncan Cameron, aged 9, left Mr Procter’s class and his classmates at Penshurst County Primary School, Hessle, for the adventure of a liftetime – He and his father Malcolm were emigrating to Perth, Australia for a new and exciting life. When he left, the whole class of Junior 9 put pen (and pencil) to paper and wrote him letters of good luck. They wished him a safe journey, a happy life and even warned him of the dangers of Boxing Kangaroos. This was the last they saw or heard from Duncan.


What they didn’t realise was that Duncan would treasure these letter for the rest of his life.

If you have written one of these letters or recognise a loved one and would like to get in touch with Duncan’s family then please get in touch by filling in the form at the end of this post.

Neil Ibbetson
Anthony Brooke
Susan Norton
Yvonne Hudson
Richard Bowering
Sharon Atkinson
Neal Rennardson
Julie Gibson
Vance Burkill
Michael Pinder
Kendal (Baines)
P. Black
Yvonne Wilgeroth
Nigel Purkins
Christopher Williams
Susan W