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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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Past President's Diary - Alan Toulson (1955-60)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I have not worn a chain of office before. This splendid decoration expresses strongly both the honour and the duty of the Presidency. It also conveys a sense of history and continuity because on the back of the links are engraved the names of all my predecessors commencing with the first President, Henry Spicer, appointed in 1879. In addition to the honour and the duty, the Presidency is immensely enjoyable and sociable. I have attended regional dinners in Manchester, Taunton and Cambridge, sporting lunches at Headstone Lane and Totteridge, professional dinners with engineers and scientists and men of property, drinks with the YOMS in the Three Hammers, and lunches with Past Presidents and Liverymen. ..

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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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OMRFC Vice Presidents' Reunion and Luncheon

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Rugby Club Vice Presidents' Reunion and luncheon was held before the 1st XV league match against Old Actonians on 7 March 2009. This was not the original plan as the Reunion had been proposed for January when a friendly had been scheduled against one of our oldest rivals, Old Merchant Taylors'. Unfortunately OMTs' had to back out due to an unexpectedly good run in the Middlesex Cup. ..

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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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Old Millhillians Day 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

As with last year Old Millhillians Day was again held on School Foundation Day and the School generously provided an excellent barbecue lunch, including a delicious spit roast, as a start to the afternoon of events (though a number had already enjoyed the Friends get together for the 1960 leavers). The weather was gloriously sunny and warm, as is so often the case in late September, and there was a real sense of occasion as Old Millhillians mingled with each other as well as with teachers, pupils and parents. ..

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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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Old Millhillians Day 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Old Millhillians Day this year was combined with the School Foundation Day in order for the whole of the Mill Hill Community to come together in a special celebration of the School’s bicentenary. ..

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Old Millhillians Day 2006

Monday, September 11, 2006

Old Millhillians Day on Sunday 10 September 2006, was graced with glorious sunshine. Well over 200 OM's attended with their families and friends. They walked around the school and either took part or watched some of the activities organised. ..

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