James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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St David's School

Eyton taught all subjects, even Latin and Greek, and the academic standard of the school (see photos) was extremely high. In 1909 the school established an empire record by entering twelve candidates for the Cambridge Preliminary exam, all of whom passed, two with 1st Class Honours and three with distinction. The school also laid the foundations for four pupils who went on to become Rhodes Scholars. The school day ran from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. but after school there were sports activities in which Eyton took an active interest. One pupil, Allan Melville who went on to Oxford University, to play cricket for Sussex and to captain the South African Springboks (now called the 'Proteas') played his first cricket there and another, Col Gilbert William Arbuthnot Alexander, M.C. (see 'Notes' on that site) played cricket for Scotland. Yet another pupil, Kenneth Mission Pennington became an expert on butterflies. In the holidays, Eyton coached university students in French.

Eyton P Owen on horse Eyton P Owen sailing Different classes would be taught in separate groups in the one classroom. Eyton was something of an eccentric and it was common for him to write and/ or draw on the blackboard with both hands at the same time, useful when he was teaching two groups simultaneously. He was well known for his quickly drawn blackboard illustrations. Like his brother Reginald he never learned to drive and would ride everywhere on horseback or drive their pony and trap. He loved walking and riding in the hills around the school. He also continued to sail and taught his pupils to sail; he kept a clinker-built dinghy at Durban. He would regale his pupils with stories about sailing in the Menai Straits when he was a young man in Anglesey.