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William J Bassett

William Basset entered BBS in 1943. After leaving School he attended the University of St Andrews from which he graduated MB in 1956. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and became a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He had a general practice in Livingston and lectured in General Practice in Edinburgh University. He was also a Hospital Practitioner in Paediatrics.

David Batchelor

BBHS 1919-29

David was Margaret (Rita) Batchelor’s younger brother. The school dates include his period in Bell Baxter Primary School.

From 1929-38 he was active in Banking in Cupar, London and Trinidad, West Indies. He undertook Missionary Training in Glasgow between 1938 and 1940 and was on Missionary Service, mainly on the European Continent, till 1977, when he retired to Arbroath.

Kenneth M Batchelor

Ken Batchelor (1935) died in hospital after a short illness in August 2011. Ken joined the Royal Air Force on leaving School, hoping to become a pilot. However his eyesight was not good enough, so he trained instead as a Radar Technician - obviously one of the earliest - and served in various parts of the country ranging from Orkney in the north to the south of England. After the war he entered his father's grocery business in Crossgate, Cupar, where he remained for the rest of his working life. When his father died, Ken took over the business and continued to run it as a traditional grocer's shop. Throughout his life from childhood onwards he was a very keen golfer and had achieved a low handicap before he was into his teens. He was an Elder in Cupar Old Parish Church for many years and also sang in the choir. Ken was predeceased by his wife and is survived by a daughter and 3 sons.

Margaret Kennedy Batchelor

Margaret (Rita) Batchelor died on 26th November 1996. Rita entered first year in 1924, though she was a pupil in the primary school section prior to that. She was a teacher of Commercial Subjects (Business Studies) in Viewforth School, Kirkcaldy, then in colleges in Lancashire, Scarborough and Buckhaven. Rita retired to Cupar, but after illness she moved to a residential home in Leven. Her brother was David Batchelor (qv).

Adam Bates-Gray

Adam Bates-Gray (S5 in 2010) was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary to carry out a chemistry project at St Andrews University School of Chemistry. During the summer he will carry out a five week research project using X-ray diffraction to study properties of ceramics. The project culminates in a written report being presented at a Scottish celebratory event. Well done to Adam and his chemistry teacher Mr Dickie.

Emma Bateson

St. Andrews University recently hosted a promotion of Chemistry for School pupils, with the aim of encouraging interest in the subject. Over 60 young people from Fife Schools, including Bell Baxter, were involved in several laboratory exercises. The pupils also toured the facilities on the campus. Three of the Cupar pupils involved were Emma Bateson, Fiona Roberts and Emma Castle-Smith.

Sean Bauchope


Sean Bauchope (2001) was killed in a car accident while driving alone on 18th July 2007. Sean was 18 and lived at Stratheden.

Gordon Baxter

Gordon Baxter (1955 approx.) died very suddenly at home in Cupar on 29th October. Gordon entered the Civil Service on leaving school and became a District Inspector of Taxes. He lived for some years in Galashiels and then in Haddington. Ill health forced him to take early retirement in 1994. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Louise Baxter

From the Fife Herald 22 July 2011

by Stuart Gillespie

Louise Baxter from Newport has gained her 100th hockey cap for Scotland.

The former Bell Baxter High School pupil was part of the Scotland squad which won the Celtic Cup versus Ireland and Wales at Largs.

In the deciding match against Ireland Louise, although not the captain, had the honour of leading out the team on her 100th appearance for her country.

To mark the occasion, Lee Cousins, president of the Scottish Hockey Union, presented Louise with a silver quaich and a bouquet of flowers.

Louise (27), who is head of PE at Kilgraston School in Perthshire, described herself as ‘very proud’ of her achievement.

She said: ‘There are only three other girls in the team who have 100 caps so when you look at it that way it's pleasing and I'm very proud.’

Throughout her club career Louise has played for Bell Baxter FP, Dunfermline Ladies, Grange Edinburgh and currently plays with Grove Menzieshill.

Her first Scotland cap came in 2003 against Canada in Vancouver.

Louise has also won five caps for Great Britain and has competed for Scotland at international tournaments including last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

She said: ‘My first cap came in a Four Nations tournament against Canada, Wales and Chile which Scotland won — I was told not to get used to it!

‘Since then playing in two Commonwealth Games has been amazing — being part of a major event like that is fantastic.

‘I absolutely love being part of the Scotland team and playing against the best sides in the world.

‘A lot of hard work goes into it though’, and it can be a challenge to balance hockey with work and everything else in life.’

Louise has just returned from a week in Dublin where Scotland came an impressive third in the Champions Challenge tournament, finishing ahead of several higher- ranked teams.

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