Who is John Stanley Beaumont Boyce?
Boyce was a teacher up until the start of the Second World War. During peacetime, he served with the OTC, but when war was declared in 1939, he joined the Oxford and Bucks Infantry Regiment. Boyce went on to work for the Education Branch of the military government in north Germany under John Newsom (the future Chief Education Officer at Hertfordshire). During this time he was responsible for setting up local government and education systems.
On returning to the UK, Boyce was employed as an assistant Chief Education Officer (CEO) in Hertfordshire Education Authority (again under John Newsom). In 1951 he became Deputy CEO in West Sussex and in 1957 followed this with work as Deputy CEO in Lancashire. He was appointed CEO of Lancashire in 1968, a post he held until his retirement in 1973.
The archive is a small collection documenting Boyce's career in education as a teacher and education administrator, in addition to his life in the Army. His career in senior management at local education authorities is documented in his diaries, which he kept for the period 1952-1973. Papers relating to his career in the Army include correspondence, drawings and photographs, items exemplifying life in Germany under the Nazis and educational reports documenting future policy in Germany (particularly for education, youth movements and religion) 1945-1946.
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