B. LIST OF LIVING O.C.s
(Please remember, you don't stop being an O.C. just because you die ! ;-)
"Their name liveth for ever more"
ANDERSON, Lindsay - film director The seminal 1967 film 'If' directed by Anderson was filmed ("shot" may be a more appropriate word for this film ;-) mainly at Cheltenham College, with boys as extras.
ATTWOOD, Richard - died in a car accident on 28 July 1996, aged 21.
"He was extremely good-natured, never ruffled, never apparently unhappy, never ill-tempered, always smiling that infectious smile, never bothered about image. He treated everyone, peers, juniors, adults alike with the same friendly, open and good-humoured manner which endeared him to all."
BOGLE, Andrew Cathcart won the Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny.
On 29 July 1857 in the attack on Oonao, India Lieutenant Bogle led the way into a loopholed house which was occupied by the enemy and from which a heavy fire harassed the advance of his regiment. The lieutenant was severely wounded in this action. He later achieved the rank of Major in the 18th regiment (later The Seaforth Highlanders - Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's).
BOOTH, Frederick Charles won the Victoria Cross at the age of 27. Sergeant, British South African Police, South African Forces, attached to Rhodesia Native Infantry.
On 12 February 1917 at Johannesbruck, near Songea, East Africa, during an attack in thick bush on the enemy position and under very heavy rifle fire, Sergeant Booth went forward alone and brought in a man who was dangerously wounded. Later he rallied native troops who were badly disorganised and brought them to the firing line. On many previous occasions this NCO had set a splendid example of pluck, and endurance.
Later promoted to Captain. Other decorations: DCM
BOYES, Duncan Gordon - midshipman who won the Victoria Cross at Shimonoseki, Japan for bravery under fire at age 17. Later dismissed (unfairly and wrongfully IMHO. Ed.) from the Royal Navy for a 'boyish prank' in Bermuda, it is said that he tragically drank himself to death in New Zealand at age 22 - presumably because he couldn't stand the shame of being court-martialled.
On 21 July 1998 Cheltenham College sold his medal (which it had bought in 1978 because of its historical links with the school) for a substantial sum through a London auction, apparently to set up a scholarship in his name. The medal, which was the only V.C. owned by the College, is now in the hands of a private collector, who apparently has said he will not let it leave Britain (even though AFAIK most of the 1,354 VCs awarded are in Britain !).
The building, itself a precious relic of the Meiji era (1868-1912), is owned by the City and pictured below. It is rather bare and empty at present, except for a few sticks of furniture (mostly not the original items, though in the right period or high quality reproductions) and a TV and video with "videos for tourist use" (whatever that means). One of the ground floor rooms is sometimes used for lectures.
Why not make it into something special, a museum for Anglo-Japanese relations ?
The citation for Boyes reads: "On 6 September 1864 at Shimonoseki, Japan, Midshipman Boyes of HMS Euryalus displayed great gallantry in the capture of the enemy's stockade. He carried the Queen's Colour into action with the leading company and kept the flag flying in spite of direct fire which killed one of his colour sergeants. Mr. Boyes and the other colour sergeant (PRIDE, T.) who was badly wounded, were only prevented from going further forward by direct orders from their superior officer."
"Lieutenant Edwards and Crowdy of the Engineers were ahead with a middy named D. G. Boyes, who carried the colours most gallantly; he afterwards received the V.C. for conduct very plucky in one so young." (p.112, first edition, 1921)
For more in detail about Duncan Boyes see my O.C. list of Victoria Cross winners, of which there are fourteen in all.
BOYLE, Edward Courtney, Royal Navy won the Victoria Cross.
On 27 April 1915 in the Sea of Marmara, Dardenelles, Lieutenant-Commander Boyle, in command of Submarine E.14, dived his vessel under the enemy minefields and in spite of great navigational difficulties from strong currents and the presence of hostile patrols waiting to attack, he continued, during the next two weeks, to operate in the narrow waters of the straits and succeeded in sinking two Turkish gunboats and one military transport.
CHANNER, George Nicholas won the Victoria Cross
On 20 December 1875 in Perak, Malaya, Captain Channer was the first to jump into the enemy's stockade to which he had been despatched with a small party to obtain intelligence of its strength and position. The stockade was formidable and it would have been impossible to bring guns to bear on it because of the steepness of the hill and the density of the jungle. If Captain Channer and his party had not been able to take the stockade in this manner it would have been necessary to resort to the bayonet, with consequent great loss of life.
DILL, Field Marshal Sir John Greer (1881-1944) - chief British military representative to Washington D.C. (1941-44) where he helped coordinate the military policies of the two western allies.
ELIOT, Sir Charles Scholar-diplomat and British ambassador in Japan 1920-1926, in the tradition of Sir Ernest Satow, whose life I am currently researching.
"At school, and then at Oxford, Eliot displayed striking linguistic aptitude."
FORBES-ROBERTSON, James D.S.O., M.C., won the Victoria Cross.
On 11/12 April 1918 near Vieux Berquin, France, four times Lieutenant Colonel Forbes-Robertson saved the line from breaking and averted a most serious situation. On one occasion, having made a reconnaissance on horseback in full view of the enemy under heavy fire, he led a counter-attack which was completely successful in establishing our line. When his horse was shot under him he continued on foot, steadying the men and inspiring confidence by his disregard for personal danger. On the second day he lost another horse and again continued on foot until he had established a line to which his own troops could withdraw.
GRANT, John Duncan won the Victoria Cross.
8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army; Gyantse Jong, Tibet Expedition, 6 July 1904.
On 6 July 1904 at the storming of the Gyantse Jong, Tibet, the storming company, led by Lieutenant Grant, had to advance up a bare, almost precipitous rock-face with little cover and under heavy fire. Showers of rock and stones were being hurled down the hillside by the enemy and only one man could go up at a time, crawling on hands and knees. Lieutenant Grant and a havildar attempted to scale the final defensive curtain, but on reaching the top they were both wounded and hurled back. Regardless of their injuries, they made another attempt and, covered by the fire of men below, were at last successful.
HART, Reginald Clare won the Victoria Cross.
Royal Engineers. Afghan War, 31 January 1879
On 31 January 1879 in the Bazar Valley, Afghanistan, Lieutenant Hart, while on convoy duty, ran some 1,200 yards to the rescue of a wounded sowar of the 13th Bengal Lancers, lying in a river bed exposed to the fire of the enemy on all sides. He reached the wounded man, drove off the enemy and with the help of some soldiers who had accompanied him, carried the casualty to safety.
KEMPSTER, Major André George (né Cocciolette) won the George Cross.
Royal Armoured Corps; Tunisia, 21 August 1943
LECKY, William Edward Hartpole (1838-1903)
Irish historian of rationalism and European morals whose study of Georgian England became a classic.
LIPSCOMBE, Daniel - Zoologist. He died in Botswana while protecting an endangered species in 1996. He was fatally injured while supervising the transfer of a large, and wild, bull rhinoceros. One of his African colleagues said of him:
'Danny was our child and a gentle man. He worked with us, he liked us and we liked him. He was a man who loved the work he was doing.' In a short time he had gained a reputation as 'the most knowledgeable person on the rhino in Botswana'.
McDONELL, William Fraser won the Victoria Cross. He was one of only five civilians to be awarded it.
Bengal Civil Service; Arrah, 30 July 1857
On 30 July 1857 during the retreat from Arrah, India, Mr. McDonell and 35 soldiers were in a boat hoping to escape, but the oars had been taken away by the rebels and the rudder tied to the side of the boat. Mr. McDonell climbed out of the boat under incessant fire from the enemy and with considerable difficulty cut through the lashing which secured the rudder. He then guided the boat himself, and helped by a breeze, crossed the river to safety.
MELVILL, Teignmouth was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
24th Regiment, Isandhlwana, Zululand, 22 January 1879
On 22 January 1879 after the disaster of the Battle of Isandhlwana, South Africa, Lieutenant Melvill made gallant efforts to save the Queen's Colour of his Regiment. He and another officer (COGHILL, N.) were pursued by Zulu warriors and after experiencing great difficulty in crossing the swollen River Buffalo (during which time the Colour was unfortunately carried downstream) the two men were overtaken by the enemy and following a short but gallant struggle both were killed. The Colour was retrieved from the river 10 days later.
MENZIES-KITCHIN, James -
Theatrical director, died of a brain
haemmorhage in June 1996. In his twenties on death.
MOOR, George Raymond Dallas won the Victoria Cross.
Hampshire Regiment; Krithia, Dardanelles, 5 June 1915
On 5 June 1915 south of Krithia, Gallipoli, when a detachment of the battalion which had lost all its officers was rapidly retiring before a heavy Turkish attack, Second Lieutenant Moor, realising the danger to the rest of the line, dashed back some 200 yards, stemmed the retirement, led back the men and recaptured the lost trench. This brave act saved a dangerous situation.
NEAME, Philip won the Victoria Cross.
Royal Engineers ; Neuve Chapelle, France, 19 December 1914
On 19 June 1914 at Neuve Chapelle, France, Lieutenant Neame, in the face of very heavy fire, engaged the Germans in a single-handed bombing attack, killing and wounding a number of them. He was able to check the enemy advance for three-quarters of an hour and to rescue all the wounded whom it was possible to move.
PIGGOTT, Major-General Francis S. G., CB, DSO
Colonel Commandant, Royal Engineers
Sometime His Majesty's Military Attaché at Tokyo
One of the most distinguished soldiers of his generation, with Field Marshall Dill (see above) who was a personal friend. In 1933 Piggott was given the opportunity to learn Japanese at the army's expense.
"He studied first at the School of Oriental Languages in London, and then from 1935 to 1937 in Japan, where he was able to observe Japanese military and political life at first hand, making many Japanese friends in the process...." (Cheltonian Society News 1996-7, No, 17, pp.94-5)
When Japan surrendered in 1945 Piggott was attached to the Commonwealth Occupation Force, where he played his part in the rehabilitation of the Japanese imperial family, some of whose members he had come to know in the 1930s.
His autobiography Broken Thread is mainly about his experiences in Japan, where he grew up. (The thread in the title is Anglo-Japanese relations, broken by the Second World War.)
Piggott was the second President of the Cheltonian Society (1944-47), and a photograph of College is in the book, published by Gale & Polden Ltd, Aldershot, 1950.
REYNOLDS, Douglas won the Victoria Cross.
Royal Field Artillery ; Le Cateau, France, 26 August 1914
On 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, Captain Reynolds took up two teams with volunteer drivers, to recapture two British guns and limbered up two guns under heavy artillery and infantry fire. Although the enemy was within 100 yards he managed, with the help of two drivers (DRAIN, J.H.C. and LUKE, F.), to get one gun away safely. On 9 September at Pysloup, he reconnoitred at close range, discovered a battery which was holding up the advance and silenced it.
RYDER, Robert Edward Dudley, Royal Navy, won the Victoria Cross.
St.Nazaire, 27 March 1942
On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St. Nazaire, France, Commander Ryder, commanding the Naval force, led HMS Campbeltown in under intense fire. When the main objective of the expedition had been accomplished and Campbeltown had been beached, Commander Ryder remained on the spot evacuating men from Campbeltown and conducting operations while exposed to heavy fire, and did not withdraw until it was certain that his ship could be of no more use. His motor gun boat (MGB. 314), full of dead and wounded, survived by a miracle and managed to withdraw through an intense barrage of fire.
STIDDARD, Tim - Solicitor at Weston-Super-Mare, aged 39. He is in the rugby team photo shown below (middle row, third from right).
I am delighted to note that his medicine bottles etc. will probably soon be returned (along with other priceless Antarctic artefacts) to the hut in Antarctica from which they were taken in the 1950s. See this article from the Times of 15 September 1998.
The Gate of Honour, Caius College, Cambridge (Click on the gate to enter the College website ! )
(Note: Caius is also the alma mater of at least two former Cheltenham College headmasters - David Ashcroft (retd.) and Richard Morgan, now the Warden of Radley College, Oxfordshire - as well as yours truly. Ed. )
(Note: The above list is very incomplete. It includes the famous and less well-known of the two centuries of College's history. Some lives have been tragically cut short, both in peace and in war. But these are "lives that speak, and deeds that beckon", and it is right and proper that we should give thanks for them. More than 600 Old Cheltonians gave their lives in the First World War, 1914-1918. This is the largest number from any one school in that war. More than 400 laid down their lives for their country in the Second World War, 1939-45. The monument in the Chapel cloisters invites the visitor to "Pass [through to the Chapel], and Pray [for the fallen]". The school boasts 14 Victoria Crosses (listed separately here) earned in battles from the Indian Mutiny (1857) to the Second World War, a record which AFAIK has been surpassed only by Eton College (22) and Harrow School (15). The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration for bravery awarded to British and Commonwealth servicemen. It is awarded regardless of the rank of the recipient. Ed.)
(great and small ;-)
(listed alphabetically by family name)
ANTHONY, Jonathan D.E.
APRAHAMIAN, J.F. (Hank)
AUGER, Roger C.
Now a housemaster at Wellington College. Married with four young children.
Now running a school in the West Country
Hants& Berks County Rep.
Director, Edifis Ltd
BARBER, Neville (Thirlestaine)
BARNES, Donald W.
Former Head of Modern Languages Dept. at College 1970-84.
Publications: Introduction a la Litterature Francaise (1979); En Avant Les Jeunes (Et Alia) (1979); Actuellement (1989).
Interests: Free Foresters Cricket Club; Lilley Brook Golf Club etc.
Resides at Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham.
18821 Blythswood Drive
Monte Sereno California 95030
Married with two children. CEO of a Global Event Management company.
Former world squash champion
Rugby player, Sale FC and England
BENNETT, Julian (Cheltondale 1975-80)
Works for Quest Software selling Oracle database performance and productivity tools. Married with two sons, lives in Oxfordshire.
home e-mail: email@example.com
Former President of Cheltonian Society
Boyne, left 1971
BRISTOL, John A.S.
Former French master at College. OC College CCF, 1968-75. Later Head of Modern Languages (and Headmaster ?) at Waltham Toll Bar School in Grimsby, and now retired in Cheltenham.
CAIRNS, P.D. (Paddy) Hazelwell
CARNEGIE BROWN, Bruce N
President of Cheltonian Society
Hazelwell, left 1977
CLEAVER, George, Lt. (Newick, 1969-74)
Royal Navy, 1979-87
Now with Friends Provident (1995- )
CUTTS, Dr. Tim (Boyne 1984-9)
Formerly at Dept. of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road,Cambridge University.
Now a Bioinformatics Scientist at Hexagen Technology Ltd.
home e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DODD, Guy A. G.
Former College master and housemaster
DORAISAMY, Edward (Newick '69-'73)
DRAPER, Andrew J. (Thirlestaine '70-'74)
Gloucester RFC and England
FISCHER, Gert (Hazelwell '72-'73)
Cultural activities & museum director, Siegburg, Germany
FITCHEW, Ian K.
FREDJOHN, Robin Thirlestaine
GREENHALGH, Michael (Mike)
Medical doctor and rugby player (ex-Rosslyn Park and Northampton)
Managing Partner of Singapore office, Ashurst Morris Crisp & Co.
HARGREAVES, Colin R. Thirlestaine
HEARN, Dan played rugby for Oxford and England
Master at Haileybury
HITCHMAN, C.W. (Bill) (Thirlestaine)
HOOLE, Norman Peter G. played in College XV, 1932-4. Major, Hong Kong Police (retd.) He worked for many years with my father in Cheltenham at Spirax Sarco from which he has also retired.
HOPE, Michael (Leconfield 66-71) Big Brother of Richard (see next item)! Lives in Bath. Runs his own company Michael Hope Sports which supplies school uniform and sports gear to schools and clubs.
Police Officer, Greater Manchester Police, and Under 15 rugby coach at Stockport RUFC