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Former Raynes Park head boy gets school medal after 71-year wait
An 88-year-old man is thrilled after finally receiving a prestigious medal from his former secondary school following a 71-year wait.
Dr Bill Anderson was head boy, referred to as the Dux, at Govan High School, Glasgow, in 1942 but due to difficulties presented by the on-going war effort never received his medal of service when he graduated.
He went on to work at the Royal Marsden, Sutton and was one of the pre-eminent researchers into cancer in his day.
Now more than seven decades later this wrong has been righted after his niece Maureen Duff wrote a letter to Govan to arrange for him to receive his long-awaited honour.
He said: "It will be rather nice to have this medal to pass on to my family".
Dr Anderson said it was interesting to hear of his former school from current head master Iain White, who travelled to London for the presentation last week.
When describing his experience of the school, he said: "We had to have the windows boarded up and the place sandbagged so while this was going on everyone was moved to be taught in a nearby library."
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he left education in 1954 with a degree in chemistry and a PHD.
When asked if he prefers Scotland or Wimbledon he said: "Both. I see them both as my home".
He worked as a cancer research scientist in the Royal Marsden for 40 years and thoroughly enjoyed this field of work and even happened to meet his wife of 61 years at the hospital who was also worked there as a radiographer.
Dr Anderson and his wife Nancy, 90, have three children and six grandchildren together; sadly his wife is now in a nursing home in Hertfordshire which he visits regularly.
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