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OVS 1900 - 1949

Terry Gwynn-Jones (Chappel House, 1945-1948)

Gwynn Jones bookTerry Gwynn-Jones held the 1975 around-the-world speed record - 122 hours and 17 minutes - for piston-engined aircraft and was longtime contributing editor to Aviation History and an outstanding Australian aviation journalist. Terry served as a jet pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force and, during an ejection from a crippled plane, suffered a back injury that haunted him for the rest of his life. He became a flight examiner for the Australian Civil Aviation Authority and roamed the world extensively as a travel and aviation photojournalist.
Although Terry wrote on all aspects of aviation, he was a specialist in the early years of flight and particularly on Australia's role in aviation development. His articles for Aviation History included personality stories and pieces on aircraft development, record flights, aviation museums and even aviation art. A member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, Terry was a regular travel and aviation columnist for several newspapers, magazines and books.
Source Aviation History

Died in Brisbane in 2001; aviator, writer and journalist; began career on Malvern Gazette, UK; wrote 17 books, mostly aviation histories (Australian, 17 April 01, p.12).
Aviation History: September '01 Editorial




Clifford Rose (School, 1943-48)

Clifford Rose is a British classical actor (born 24 October 1929 in Herefordshire, England).
He was educated at the King's School, Worcester and King's College London, before appearing in repertory theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
His most notable role was as the character Sturmbannführer[1] Ludwig Kessler in the BBC World War II television drama Secret Army and its sequel Kessler.
He also played leading roles in Alan Bleasdale's drama GBH, Fortunes of War, and The Pallisers. Additionally he appeared as Rorvik in the Doctor Who story Warriors' Gate.
He plays King George V in the TV film Wallis and Edward.
Clifford Rose also played a judge in some episodes of the 1970s/'80s British television series Crown Court and Dr Snell an interogative psychologist for "The Section" in the classic British 1960s/'70s spy drama Callan.
As at June 2008, his most recent television appearance was as Bishop Wood, in an 2008 episode of the ITV historical drama Foyle's War.
Source: Wikipedia 2009




Sir Christopher Benson (Dayboy, 1943-47)


Christopher BensonThe high-profile and vastly experienced businessman, Sir Christopher Benson, has been appointed Chairman of University of Bradford spin-off company Advanced Gel Technology (AGT).
Sir Christopher was previously Chairman of the highly successful University spin-out company Bradford Particle Design Ltd (bpd), which was sold to the American giant Inhale for $200 million in January 2001. His appointment as Chairman of AGT will be in a non-executive capacity and will help consolidate the skills and expertise of the existing board. Since 1965, Sir Christopher has acted as Director and Chairman of a wealth of well-known UK companies. These include Directorship, Deputy Directorship and Chairman position at Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc, Chairman of The Boots Company plc, Chairman of the Housing Corporation, and Director of the House of Fraser plc. He became a Trustee of the Metropolitan Police Museum in 1986 and also acted as a trustee to the Westminster Christmas appeal between 1989-1995 and Joy to World between 1991-1995. He was Vice-President Royal Society of Arts 1992-1997, and Macmillian Cancer Relief Fund from 1992 and the President of the National Deaf Children's Society from 1994.

In December 2001, Sir Christopher received a Doctorate at the University of Bradford in recognition of his contributions to UK Plc which promotes University-Industry links. As Chairman of Bradford Particle Design Ltd, he played a key role in extracting full value from the talents within the Bradford School of Pharmacy in conjunction with the spin-off company's development.
(Press release University of Bradford)




Lord Wolfson of Marylebone (Creighton House,1942-45)
Lord WolfsonWolfson has been, in turn, a director, managing director and chairman of the Great Universal Stores empire which includes Kays of Worcester. He is also greatly involved in the Wolfson Foundation which supports health, education and youth activities.
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Tim Dinsdale (School House, 1937-1941)
Tim DinsdaleTim became the most devoted and well-known of the Loch Ness monster hunters. He captured 'Nessy' on film in 1960, and stimulated a burst of serious monster investigations. He resigned his job as an aeronautics engineer to become a full-time monster hunter and prolific author on the subject.











Basil Eckersley, MBE (Castle House, 1930-1937)

MagCover'Basil's achievements in the law were towering. He was not a natural advocate and he preferred to be led in court, albeit only by the best, but the cases in which he was instructed read like a lexicon of commercial law. Apart from the reported cases, Basil was regularly appearing in arbitrations in the City. Indeed, it was his long immersion in the 200-day Western Clipper arbitration which led indirectly to his never taking silk, a mystery to most observers. Despite his practice, which plainly merited silk, Basil in fact lacked any real ambition to become a leader, perhaps because he did not really enjoy advocacy. He was perhaps most in his element when advising. In his later years as a very senior junior his advice was keenly sought by the major shipowners and charterers of the day. It was this quality which led to Basil's success when he became the first to make the transition from full time practice at the bar to full time practice as a maritime arbitrator. To that role he brought all the desired judicial qualities: courtesy, tact, patience, good humour, and great learning.'

(Extract from the address given by Sir Stephen Tomlinson. 22 March 2004.)
Full text Hertford College Magazine No 85 2005




Lt. Cdr. John Hellesley Hoggard (Castle House, 1933-1935)
John HoggardJohn was born in South London in 1919 and joined the Royal Navy in 1939. He made three escapes from captivity before being consigned to Colditz Castle. After having been sunk in HMS Voltaire he was taken to Germany and on his release went to Australia crewing on board the winning yacht in the Sydney-Hobart race. On his return to England he was surprised to find his name on the list in College Hall of those who had died and, having written to the school, was equally surprised to find that his Housemaster was keen for him to contribute to the cost of the necessary changes to the College Hall boards. (Obituary Daily Telegraph November 4th 2002)





James Maitland (School House, 1929-1933) 
James MaitlandJames was born in Acton in 1915 and was Captain of Rugby at King's, Captain of School (1933), 1st IV Rowing (1933), later reading Law at Brasenose College, Oxford. An Army officer, he was awarded the George Medal for his courage in carrying out bomb disposal work over several months in the latter half of 1940, later returning to bomb clearance on D-Day+1 on the beaches of Normandy. He completed his war service in Egypt and was demobilised with the rank of Major. After the war he worked with Kern Oil, Rio Tinto and BP. On retirement, he moved to Dartmouth to indulge his passion in sailing and keep up his interest in rugby. He died in June 2001. (Obituary Daily Telegraph June 2nd 2001)







Sir Jack Longland (School House, 1919-1923)
Jack Longland Jack was Director of Education for Derbyshire, for 23 years and was knighted for services to education, broadcasting and mountaineering. He took part in the Mount Everest expedition of 1933.

(The picture shows Sir Jack with Headmaster David Annett seated)











Archbishop P.N.W. Strong (Castle House, 1909-1917)

Strong died in Australia, just before his 84th birthday, on 6 July 1983. He was Bishop of New Guinea 1936-62, Archbishop of Brisbane 1962-70 and Primate of Australia. In retirement he lived in the Cathedral Close at Wangaratta where his former chaplain The Very Rev. D.L. Thawley (S.38-42) is Dean. His last preaching engagement was on Easter Day before the Prince and Princess of Wales in Australia. Curiously enough his nickname at school as a boy was 'the Bishop'. He served in France in the Royal Engineers and after Cambridge became a vicar in Leeds and Sunderland. He was C.M.G. and K.B.E. In London a Memorial Service was held for him at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge on 21 October, 1983. (Vigornian 1983)




Brigadier John Ross, CBE, CVO, KPM (The Hostel, 1909-1912)

John RossAssistant Commissioner of Police, Rhodesia, 1941, made Commissioner in 1945. King's Police Medal for Distinguished Service; Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) 1947. Awarded CBE in1950. Appointed Comptroller of the Governor's Household, followed by retirement to the Cape.