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Rupert Cherry (Collinson 1923-26)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Rupert Cherry entered journalism as a district reporter in Gloucestershire including 21 years on the Gloucester Citizen before joining the sports news desk of the News Chronicle in 1950. When the paper closed ten years later he moved to The Daily Telegraph as a sports sub editor while in the winter months reporting on rugby. ..

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David Hudgell (Winterstoke 50 -54)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

With the death of David on 22nd October 2009, we sadly lose not only a great Middlesex man but also an immense character, friend and supporter. He will be sadly missed and, really, he is irreplaceable. ..

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John Williams (Burton Bank 45-49)

Monday, October 05, 2009

John Edward Williams was born in Leeds on the 31st January 1932 and went to Belmont Preparatory School in 1941, then evacuated to Cockermouth in Cumberland. John had a beautiful soprano voice and there was talk of a music scholarship, but he also had another remarkable talent, that of a rugby player. ..

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H E Beven ( Jimmy) 1911 – 2009 MHS 25-29

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jimmy was born at Tangalle in Sri Lanka on 23rd February 1911. His father, Alan Bevan, was a judge in what was then known as Ceylon, where the family lived. At the end of world war 1, at the age of seven, Jimmy left Ceylon and his father brought him to England to go to Lindisfarne prep school. ..

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Derek Sigley (M 52-55)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Derek was a stalwart of the OM Golfing Society for many years, was captain in 1964 and was a Vice-President. Derek was one of the best OMGS golfers and had an excellent record: he was unbeaten in his first ten Halford Hewitt matches, halving just once in a ‘deemed half’ (the match had already been decided). ..

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Peter Hamilton Gray (Collinson 42-46)

Monday, April 27, 2009

We are sad to record the death Peter Hamilton Gray, who was the last Chairman of the OM St.Bees Association, having taken over the role from Gordon Wren. He had recently bought a mobile home in Portugal and split his time between Scotland and Portugal with his wife Ann. Despite battling with heart disease, he insisted on attending the final meeting of the St Bees Association in early April at Lowood in Cumbria, having recently been discharged from hospital, but died a fortnight later on April 27th..

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Richard Stringer (School House 52-57)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Richard entered School House (Scrutton) in 1952 and, being born in September, was one of the last batch to be eligible for National Service. As he trained in the hotel business, despite his request to join his father’s regiment, he was sent to the Catering Corps where he remained and rose to the rank of Lt Colonel -whilst in the Army he travelled extensively to Canada, USA, Germany, Sharja and N Ireland. He retired from the army at the age of 50 and started his second career as Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Apothocaries in the City of London, and on his retirement was accorded the unusual honour of becoming an Honorary Doctor, a title that the Company are entitled to bestow. ..

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Stephen Ruhemann (Winterstoke 1945-50)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The God –fearing “GC” of 1945 was even more politically aware than Maurice Jacks’s “Thirties”. Communism was no longer mere Leninist theory but here and now reality, as close to the West as divided Berlin and Vienna. Much of that reality was as ugly as its Stalinist architecture, with later show trials in the Eastern Bloc to prove it. Onto that stage, sporting a “hammer and sickle” badge at his interview for the pathfinding ‘Middlesex Scheme’, stepped a boy born in 1932 in Kharkov, of brilliant German scientist parents, atheist Stephen Ruhemann. ..

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Donald Trounson (Collinson’23)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Donald Trounson, who died at the age of 103 on 29th January 2009, was the son of a provisions merchant, Alfred Donald Trounson and was born on September 30 1905 at Redruth, Cornwall. He was sent to Mill Hill, north London, where he won the Public Schools Photographic Competition with a landscape of St Ives harbour, earning him a prize of £1 which was promptly spent in the tuck shop. He recorded in his diary the day he developed his first film aged 14. ..

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Oliver Knowles: soldier, colonial administrator and civil servant

Friday, August 22, 2008

Oliver Knowles was one of the last of a distinguished and able generation of public servants who administered Britain’s East African colonies through the birth throes of independence. As Development Secretary in the Treasury of the newly independent Kenya, he ran a programme that gave it the highest per capita aid in the world and made it one of the most flourishing of the new African nations. ..

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Allan Prosser-Harries Obituary

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Allan Prosser-Harries was born in Llanelli on 2nd September 1932, into a good Welsh Baptist family with a strong tradition of singing. Allan had an adored younger sister, Milwen, who sadly passed away at an early age, and in their early years he had a strong relationship with her two children Sian and David. He went to Llanelli Grammar School, attended by many of the great Welsh rugby players. Here he took part in many sports, winning medals in most. As a schoolboy, he represented Wales at rugby, a sign of what was to come. ..

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Martin Meade-King

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I came to Mill Hill in 1948 from university and was given a study and bedroom in School House. Martin, who was at Mill Hill from 1938-1955, taught History and was Housemaster when I joined Alan Phimester as one of his assistants. Martin took me under his wing especially as I had no experience of boarding school life. Not only did he help me to acclimatise to the 24 hour day of a boarding school but he and his wife Mary looked after me splendidly in a family atmosphere. ..

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A.S. Bell (1948-52)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tony Bell arrived in Collinson House in September 1948 having lived for previous three years in Switzerland, and demonstrated immediately a characteristic which would be his hallmark for the next sixty years – enthusiasm. Whether it was fagging, cleaning the junior common–room, his studies, rugby, cricket or cross-country running Tony was in his element, minimising the hardship, emphasising the benefits and pleasures, and encouraging others. ..

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