"Debbie" Darnton attended the Junior Technical
School in Sunderland from 1923 to 1925, from where he
then went on to Bede Collegiate Boys' School. In 1930
he gained a place at Armstrong College, Newcastle (University
He was awarded his ordinary BSc in 1933, in Zoology and Geology
(with Botany as a subsidiary subject), and the following year
he gained honours in Zoology. He then spent a further year
in the Department of Education at Armstrong getting his Diploma
in the Theory and Practice of Teaching.
On leaving university in 1935, he taught at "various
primary and seconday modern schools" in Sunderland until,
in 1958, he was appointed to the staff of the South Shields
Grammar-Technical School for Boys.
He retired at the end of the 1969/70 academic year.