Eminent OPs

Richard Annand VC 1925-1932, awarded the Victoria Cross in 1940 during the battle for France. He visited the School in 2002 and unveiled a copy of his citation and Victoria Cross. This can be seen in the School Archive Room. The new CCF Centre, opened in 2009, is named after him. He died in 2004.

Jason Carr 1980-1985, Composer, lyricist, arranger and musical Director. Studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Directed music for many Chichester Festival productions and composed music for over 40 plays, including London productions of Tennessee Williams’ “Glass Menagerie”, “Rose Tattoo” and “Camino Réal”. Other compositions include songs and dance numbers for the recent Paris Lido world tour and in 2013 for the stage adaptation of “Chariots of Fire.” He opened the refurbished Music School in 2003.

Sir Edward Clay KCMG 1955-1963, Diplomat. Known as the “hottest” Diplomat to ever grace the Foreign Office, his most recent posting was as British High Commissioner to Kenya where he became an outspoken critic of that country’s corruption. Currently co-Director of the FO principal programme of training for British diplomats.

Child, Prof. Mark FRS 1947-1955, Coulson Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford. Publications: Molecular Collision Theory, Semi-classical Methods with Molecular Applications.

Sir James Cobban 1920-1929, double First in Classical Tripos at Jesus College, Cambridge. Lieutenant-Colonel in Directorate of Military Intelligence in WW2. Educationalist, Headmaster of Abingdon School 1947-1970. Principal architect of the independent schools assisted places scheme. He died in 1999.

Martin Crimp 1968-1974, Playwright, his play “Cruel and Tender” and his translation of the 18c French comedy “The False Servant”, starring Charlotte Rampling were both on in London in 2004. His new plays “Fewer Emergencies” and “The City” were recently at The Royal Court. His adaption of Moliere’s play “the Misanthrope” was at the Comedy Theatre, London in 2010. In 2012 he directed his own play “Definitely the Bahamas” at the Orange Tree, Richmond.

Jack Daniel 1931-1937, Artist and Illustrator for “The Eagle”, “London Illustrated News” and “Field”. Sculpted the war memorial in Chelsea Barracks. Drew the “Wheelbarrow Hero,” a scene depicting Richard Annand’s heroism. It is displayed in the foyer of the Stoppard Centre. He died in August 2009.

Alexandra Dariescu 2002-2003, International Concert Pianist. She began her piano studies in her native Romania before moving to the UK at the age of 17 to study at Pocklington School and at the Royal Northern College of Music as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, she was the first pianist mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she won the Verbier CUBS Prize. She received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category in 2013 and in 2015 became the youngest musician to receive the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal. She was named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career by the International Piano Magazine. In 2016 she made her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.

Arthur Stuart Duncan – Jones 1890-1897, A Fellow of Gonville & Caius, Cambridge he was, for 25 years, Dean of Chichester. He was a notable spokesman on foreign affairs and on Christian attitudes to war. He interviewed Hitler in the Thirties and assurances were given that Hitler would not interfere in the work of the Church. In the years that followed, Duncan-Jones became a stern critic of the Nazis and, following publication of his book The Struggle for Freedom in Germany, Hitler broadcast that he was an “enemy of Germany”, whilst T.S.Eliot praised him for his ”fearlessness and independence.” He died in 1955.

Adrian Edmondson 1969-1975, Actor, comedian, writer and musician. Co-author and actor with Rik Mayall of “Bottom” and “The Young Ones”. He has produced and presented many TV documentaries; married to Jennifer Saunders. In September 2013 he won the BBC Celebrity Master Chef competition.

Sir Stewart Eldon KCMG OBE 1966-1971, graduated with a Starred 1st from Cambridge and joined the Diplomatic Service. British Ambassador, Dublin until 2006. He was then appointed the UK’s permanent representative to the UN. In 2009 he delivered the annual Eisenhower lecture to the UN Defence Council. Advises on anti-corruption issues in security and defence.

Christopher Elliott CB MBE 1960-1965, Major General.  He joined the Royal Engineers and commanded the 6th Armoured Brigade. Later appointments include Director of Military Operations, Director General of Army Training and Recruiting, visiting professor at Cranfield University and research fellow at Oxford University.

Michael Elsworth 1941-1951, Actor, “Gondorian Archivist” in “Lord of the Rings” and “Cirdan” in “Fellowship of the Ring.”

Andrew Farquhar CBE MBE DL 1966-1972, Major General, formerly commander land forces, UK and Deputy commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq. Awarded “The Legion of Merit” by the USA in 2005. Deputy Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment, Deputy Lieutenant for County of Staffordshire.

Brian Fenwick-Smith 1943-1954, Entrepreneur and School benefactor.He read economics and law at Cambridge, then taking up accountancy. He has owned and managed companies in Switzerland and across Europe. In recent years he has, with great generosity, funded the design and building of the new boarding house and on his initiative as a Patron for the “500”, School foundation documents have been translated and published from their original Latin.

Mark Fisher OBE MVO RDI 1958-1965, Architect, has an international reputation for creating spectacular live entertainment. He designed some of the most memorable rock concerts, including for Pink Floyd and every Rolling Stones show for twenty years. He was Chief Designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2012 he designed the Queen Victoria Memorial stage for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and was executive producer for the London Olympics. He died in 2013.

David Fleeman 1943-1951, from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Oxford don and the leading authority on Dr. Samuel Johnson. His publications were numerous and culminated in his thousand-page bibliography, charting Johnson’s career, reputation and literary output. He died in 1994, The Times stating “his death robs the scholarly world of its greatest Johnsonian…and impoverishes the world of learning in general.”

Robert Horner 1947-1955, Lawyer, President of the Rugby Football Union 2003/2004, presiding over England’s historic World Cup win. He currently oversees judicial work for the International Rugby Board.

John How 1894-1899, Bishop of Glasgow and Primus of the Church of Scotland. In the Thirties he was Chaplain to George V, Edward V111 and later George V1. He died in 1961.

Malcolm Hutchinson CB 1946-1953, Major General, responsible for defence equipment procurement 1958-90. MD of London Dockland Light Railway 1990-94. Chairman of UK Atomic Weapons Establishment 2001-05.Runs Consultancy company doing procurement reviews for the Government, including for 2012 Olympics.

Kyffin, Prof. Steven, 1970-1977, Director of Design Research at Philips in the Netherlands. Won UN Innovation Design Award 2008. In 2010 he was appointed Dean of School of Design at Northumbria University.

Ted Maidment 1951-1961, Headmaster of Shrewsbury School 1988-2001.

Lord Moran MC 1895-1899. Born Charles McMoran Wilson. Dean of St.Mary’s Hospital Medical School 1920-45. He was knighted in 1942 and created Lord Moran in 1943. Personal physician to Sir Winston Churchill, author of “The Anatomy of Courage” and “Churchill:The struggle for survival”, his personal accounts of looking after Sir Winston. He died in 1977.

Eillie Norwood 1875-1879, Actor. Born Anthony Edward Brett in York, he took his stage name from a girl friend. His stage debut was in “Romeo & Juliet” in 1884, but it was his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for the cinema that made him a household name. He played the detective in 47 films, Conan Doyle himself admired Eillie’s portrayal, saying:”his wonderful impersonation of Holmes has amazed me.” He also produced over 2000 crosswords for the Daily Express. He died on Christmas Eve 1948.

Xavier Pick 1982-1990, Artist. Studied at Glasgow School of Art and the RCA. Widely acclaimed for visual story telling through his art, he draws thousands of sketches to produce multi-media art works that tell a story, whether it be the Iraq war or London life. In 2008 he was chosen to be an official war artist. Also does work for Saatchi. Currently works at Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong.

Oswald Prowde 1895-1900, a civil engineer, Lord Kitchener chose him to construct the Sennar Dam on the Blue Nile. During this time, another OP, G.C.Iles, was Governor of the Blue Nile Province. His second major project was the raising of the Aswan Dam in the Thirties. His last major work was for the London Underground, getting rid of unsightly railway bridges and viaducts across the Thames. He died in 1949.

Sir Charles Reece 1938-1942, formerly Research & Technology Director ICI & Chairman of committee for European Dev. of science & technology. He died in 2010.

Sir Stephen Robson CB 1955-1962, one time Permanent Secretary HM Treasury and non-executive Director, RBS. Director Cazenove Group plc & Xstrata plc. Known as the Treasury’s acknowledged privatisation guru in the 1980s and 1990s he also played a key role in establishing the Financial Services Authority.

Sir Percy Simner KCB, DSO, DL, TD 1892-1897, held the post of Queen’s Remembrancer 1947-57 – the most senior and ancient judicial position in the UK legal system. He was also a founder member of the OP Association in 1897. He died in 1963.

Robin Skelton 1937-1943, from Easington, Poet and Literary scholar. Author of more than 100 books of criticism, biography, novels and poetry. He died in 1997.

Frank Smailes 1924-1927, Yorkshire and England cricketer who took 270 wickets and scored nearly 6000 runs. In 1939 he took all ten wickets v. Derbyshire.He died in 1970.

Martin St.Quinton 1965-1975, Telecommunications entrepreneur (Danka plc and then founder of Azzurri Communications). He is a Director of Gloucester RUFC and is currently overseeing the £45m redevelopment of Cheltenham racecourse.

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL 1950-1954, Playwright. His play “Henry 1V” was in London in 2004. Films include “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Enigma Files.” His play, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” opened in London in 2006. In 2012 he adapted Ford Madox Ford’s “Parade’s End” for BBC TV and did the film screenplay of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”. His new Radio play, “Darkside” is on Radio 2 in the autumn. His portrait, presented to School by Peter Stoppard (49-53), hangs in the School library.

His Excellency Peter Walker CB CBE 1959-1968, Air Marshall, formerly Director-Joint Warfare Centre-NATO, was Governor of Guernsey until he died unexpectedly on 6 September 2015.

Rob Webber 1994-2004, international rugby union player (hooker). Capped 16 times by England, Webber began his career at Leeds before spells at Wasps and Bath. Currently playing at Sale Sharks on a 2-year deal, he is described as a talented all-round player, who is great at the set-piece and very mobile in the loose.

William Wilberforce 1771-1776, Slave emancipator and Statesman. A statue of a freed slave sculpted by OP Peter Tatham (83-93) is in St.Nicholas’ Quadrangle and one of WW as a pupil is in Wilberforce Court and was unveiled by Dr.John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. He died in 1833.

Sir Dawson Williams CBE, MD, Hon.LL.D, D.Litt.,DSc., FRCP,  1867-1872, after several years as a consulting physician took up medical journalism on the BMJ, eventually becoming its longest serving editor. The magazine’s scientific standing became much enhanced under his influence of campaigning journalism. His death in 1928 was marked by an effusive obituary and also a leading article in The Times.

last updated July 2017   

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