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

Rose Elinor Dougall (born 13 March 1986, W. 1999-04) is an English singer, songwriter and musician best known for being a member of "The Pipettes".

Ewart Alan Mackintosh (4 March 1893 – 23 November 1917) was a war poet and an officer in the Seaforth Highlanders from December 1914. Mackintosh was killed whilst observing the second day of the second Battle of Cambrai, 21 November 1917. His best poetry has been said to be comparable in quality to that of Rupert Brooke.

The baritone Richard Salter, who has died aged 65, only appeared once on the British operatic stage - in 1986, as Chorebus in The Trojans at Opera North.

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

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.

A noted Shakespearean scholar and writer, born in Hove, England. Professor Harrison converted to the Roman Catholic faith and for his work on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), Pope John Paul II made him a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

Neville (Born: 1937, Calcutta) says he was something of a nomad before he founded one of the UK's top quality restaurant chains, the Groupe Chez Gerard plc which he sold in 2003.

Flight Lieutenant William Walker, who has died aged 99, was shot down in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain and wounded. Late in his life, having become the oldest surviving pilot of the Battle, he wrote poetry in memory of his fellow aircrew.

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