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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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.

As part of our commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of Brighton College, we are creating a series of Head Master profiles, covering every Head Master since the Second World War. William (Bill) Stewart was Head Master from 1950 to 1963, and would do much to set the tone for the College’s growth and development in the post-war years.

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.

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.

Holly Colvin (Fe. 2003-08) played cricket for England until 2013.

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).

Robert Crabtree (Le. 1960-66) is an organometallic chemist focused on developing catalysts for water splitting to oxygen and hydrogen or other fuel molecules.

Nominated by David Gold (S. 1986 - 91) - Actor best known for his many TV appearances, most infamously in the abortive BBC soap Eldorado!

Emma is an Entrepreneur, a Motivational Speaker, a Business Mentor, Author and Business Turnaround Expert.

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