A name that pops up occasionally in boys' magazines (Boys' Fun) and various annuals, including Scholboys Album, Our Own Schoolboys Annual, Daily Sketch Modern Boys Annual, Super Thriller Annual and others. Dalby-Phillips was also one of the anonymous contributors to Boys' World, scripting the 'Hand of Fate' episode "The Martians Invade" in issue 31 (24 Aug 1963).
Arthur William Dalby-Phillips, was born Arthur William Dalby on 9 June 1918 and changed his name by deed in April 1939, adding the second and principal surname Phillips. He was a teacher and was on the staff at Derby Central School for Boys in the late 1940s, as evidence by this photograph [[NOTE: link no longer active]]. He left in September 1950. Reminiscences from 'Old Centaurs' includes one wherein Dalby-Phillips is described as an ex-fighter pilot.
Dalby-Phillips and Mabel Frances Gibson were married in Derby in 1940. Had children Michael J. Dalby-Phillips (b. 1947) and Patricia S. Dalby-Phillips (b. 1955), both born in Derby.
Via listings in the phone books, Arthur W. Dalby-Phillips lived at the following addresses: 6 Amber Road, Allestree [1953/57], Hawthorns, Sleaford Road, Frampton Fen, Boston , 155 Bagnall Road, Cinderhill, Nottingham [1968/84].
In the late 1950s, Dalby-Phillips taught mathematics at Kitwood Boys' Secondary School, Boston. Barry Leadbeater joined the school in 1959 as a student teacher at which time Dalby-Philips was head of maths. "I had just finished sixth form education and taken my A levels in London in July 1959," recalls Barry. "I had a gap year between school and University (also in London) and decided to look for a year's work in Boston. One Saturday morning I walked into the Education Office in Boston to see if they had any jobs in education — I thought they might have an admin job. However, the Director of Education, Sam Newsom, immediately offered me a teaching post, subject to Headmaster approval, at Kitwood Boys' School. I started teaching on the following Monday and stayed there for three terms. I was 19 years old and the oldest boy in the school was 16 years old. It was a baptism of fire.
"It was a marvellous experience and as a result I met a great assortment of fine teachers including Arthur Dalby-Phillips. He was a quiet, rather erudite man with a great sense of humour. He smoked a small pipe in the Common Room and we would often have interesting discussions. I had no idea about his outside writing interests. I can imagine from his sense of humour that he might well write for personal satisfaction. He was a neat and precise man, as befitted a teacher of maths."
Dalby-Phillips subsequently moved to Nottingham in the late 1960s, where his wife died in 1996 aged 78. Arthur Dalby-Phillips died in April 2003, aged 84, his death registered in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
The White House, illus. V. M. Vincent. Leeds, E. J. Arnold & Son (Adventure Stories 40), 1955.
(* Originally posted on 16 April 2009, I'm reposting to take into account
some correspondence I've had with Barry Leadbeater and some minor
additional research. My thanks to Barry for allowing me to quote his
letters. The photograph above is from the Boston Playgoers Society website.)