Neville Graham Robertson (number 64)

Neville was born in Islington, London on the 2nd June, 1934, and currently resides in Ipswich, Suffolk.


He spent four years from 1946 in the care of Mr Fegans Homes.  Having lived in Bury-St-Edmunds in foster care, there was some misunderstanding and as a result, he was admitted to Fegans.


Neville has no brothers or sisters, but remembers his time at Fegans as a “disciplined but happy time”.


His outstanding sad memory from his time at Fegans was the first Christmas he spent there.  He had been sent a present of a pen, from his Foster Mother but it was stolen.


Many old boys like Neville, remember being served steamed puddings at meal times, which they affectionately called ‘baby heads’.


Hockey and running were two sports Neville enjoyed playing during his time at Fegans.


He remembers two members of staff fondly; Captain Flood for his fairness and Nurse Penn, who he says was very caring.


Neville, like many boys was caught scrumping!  He subsequently was punished.


Mum Flood nicknamed Neville ‘Grunter’, whilst he scrubbed the Chapel and Dining room floors!


He admits to not being a good scholar, but when he left school, he worked as an office boy at the London Fegans’ Office at Millbank.   In 1952 he joined the RAF, and remembers playing hockey for the RAF whilst stationed in Germany.


He then returned to live with his foster mother in Felixstowe and eventually purchased a greengrocers shop which he kept for thirty three years before retiring.


He married his wife Jean in 1964 at St Thomas’ Church, Ipswich.  They adopted their son Martin in 1967 and in 1968 had a daughter, Susan, who is now a Doctor of clinical psychology.


Neville Robertson

(May, 2018)



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