Notable OBs

The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history. 

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Old Brightonian Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal (L.1994-98) rescued 29 casualties in the heat of a battle in Afghanistan and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) by the Queen for his actions.

Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65), Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, grew up in Brighton - where his first work in the theatre comprised holiday jobs backstage at the 'weekly rep' on the Palace Pier, and in pantomime at Wimbledon.

One of the most enduring mysteries of the Cold War - who killed Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb? - may finally have been solved.

Born: 25 May 1888, Croydon, Surrey. Died: 15 March 1969 - British actor, scriptwriter and playwright. Malleson is probably most familiar as the genteel hangman of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) or as Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).

Sussex's Joe Gatting set out to follow in his father's footsteps in football but instead ended up following his illustrious uncle Mike Gatting's cricketing ways.

Oliver Heath is a young and talented designer who joined BBC One's Changing Rooms team in 2000.

Formula One racing driver, winner of the 1988 Jim Clark Trophy... now owner of Brands Hatch race track.

Born: February 26, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, English ODI and Test cricketer - wicket-keeper, but has also played as a specialist opening batsman. His English county team is Sussex...

Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen, who has died aged 92, won two DSOs in 1945 in the battles of the Ardennes and the Reichswald.

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