My favourite teacher

Mr Jack Eals

Mr Jack Eals

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  • I understand that his real name was Ernie, but that he was known as ‘Jack’ and also ‘Slasher’ (apparently he relished the nickname). Does anybody know for sure which was his proper name, or anything else about him?

    By Tom Jea (13/10/2009)
  • MY Favorite teacher too at canvey secondary school 1960-1964. He was a great teacher strict but one of the best.

    By Tony Levey (19/10/2009)
  • I well remember ‘Jack’ Eales when I attended William Read secondary school (we knew it as the ‘Old School’) from 1951-1955, he had the amazing ability to see through the back of his head! (or so it seemed) if we had an itch we were’nt allowed to scratch it and he always noticed if we did. A disciplinarian yes, but we respected him.

    By Ian Newman (03/11/2009)
  • I remember Mr Eals, i think he was the maths teacher, i have had many a sore hand where the desk lid was slammed down on them. I left the secondary school in 1964, does any one remember me from that year.

    By Sylvia King (20/01/2010)
  • Mr Eals was so called ( slasher ) because he used to carry a huge pair of gauntlet gloves , he used to swipe you with them when you were not looking , or if he came up behind you and you were doing something you shouldn’t . a super lovely teacher I often wonder what he would make of todays schools ?

    By Margaret (03/09/2011)
  • His name was John.

    By John Buckmaster (04/09/2011)
  • Mr. Eales also taught Scripture in the late 1940’s. He was super strict but an excellent teacher as far as I can recall.

    By Gerald Hudson (09/01/2012)
  • I vaguely remember doing gardening classes with him.

    By George Smith (09/01/2012)
  • Yes he taught gardening as well. anyone know what happened to him after he retired?

    By Frank Liddicott (09/11/2012)
  • I have commented previously about Mr “Slasher Eales”, yes, he was a strict teacher and taught Scripture and Gardening that I recall. Anyone going through the school system during his tenure would leave equipped with at least 4 principles going for them. 1/ Respect for parents, 2/ Respect for teachers, 3/ respect for the laws of the land, 4/ Respect for ones elders.!! Principles that seem to have been lost in some of todays society. Mr Eales was “one of a kind” in my humble opinion. Gerald Hudson

    By Gerald Hudson (09/11/2012)
  • I couldn’t agree more Gerald

    By Frank Liddicott (09/11/2012)
  • Jack Eales view on conducting youself. “Anyone who catches me walking or standing with my hands in my pockets can collect ten bob [50p]. And if I see you doing the same………” Regards. Sparrow

    By Robin Howie (10/11/2012)
  • SLASER taught us this prayer does any one else remember it ? ** ** oh lord our heavenly father Almighty and ever lasting God. Who safely brought us to this begining of this day Defend us in they same with thy mighty power to do always that is riotous in thy sight Through Jesus Christ our lord .AMEN I think its about the only thing I learned that I have still in my memory

    By Margaret (10/11/2012)
  • A very strict teacher, does anyone else remember that we had to take our exercise books to him when they were full, he would then count the pages to make sure that we had not scrapped any paper before issuing a new book?

    By Brian H (27/02/2013)
  • I was a pupil at William Read School, and also the Secondary Modern in Furtherwick Road. I left at 15 in 1962, having been in class Upper 1, and well remember Jack Eales. He always used to say that his bark was worse than his bite, but I’m not so sure about that. Most of the kids in my class were afraid of him, except perhaps the more rebellious ones – John Webb is a name that springs to mind. However, he was also a good teacher, and seemed to be well respected!

    By Raymond Mitchell (21/02/2014)
  • I remember being very scared of Slasher Eals!

    By Pat Barlow (12/08/2015)
  • I remember old slasher he gave me an “F” in religious instruction. I remember the speach he gave when he retired, on stage at school, old Fred kept banging his foot on the floor hoping he would hurry up and get it over with.

    By Terry Rayner (28/11/2022)

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