David E. Merrifield

At Royal Liberty School 1968-1972

Upon leaving the Royal Liberty School, David, amongst other things, went on to work for H.M. Customs and Excise as a Fraud Intelligence Office for nearly 40 years.

"I have had a varied and thoroughly fulfilling life, full of different work and jobs. I am still in contact with a few of my old classmates nearly 50 years on.

During my fifth year at the Royal Liberty School. my parents decided to move out of London to a small village just north of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. I completed my exams at another school with very little help in finding a chosen career but the school did line up a job interview for me for practice purposes. At the interview (in Great Yarmouth) things got off to a bad start and seemed to be going downhill when the interviewing officer identified that my accent suggested that I was not actually from Great Yarmouth but possibly from London like himself. He asked me what school I had gone to in London and my answer was a quiet half-embarrassed "RLS" hoping he wouldn't ask me what the letters stood for. His response was immediate - "Oh Royal Liberty, so you would know John Coles then. You must be okay if you went to that school" and without further ado I was given a start date."