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Old Twyfordians - Biographies

Among Twyford's old pupils are a large number of highly successful people. A selection of these is shown below.

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 James Adams
James Adams

(born 23 September 1980)

James (Jimmy) Adams became captain of the Hampshire cricket team in 2012, leading the County to two domestic one-day trophy wins. He had a glittering school-boy career, representing England at U15 and U19 level. He was named Hampshire Young Player of the Year in 1998 and later went on to captain Loughborough and England Universities teams, before making his debut for Hampshire in 2002. He was Player's Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 helping the County to trophy success. In 2010/2011 he represented England Lions and was close to receiving full international honours. In 2012, he was also leading run scorer in the Division Two County Championship.

 Admiral Sir Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair GCB MVO JP DL
Admiral Sir  Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair GCB MVO JP DL

(12 December 1865 – 13 November 1945)

Commander, Osborne Naval College, 1905-08
Commander, Third Light Cruiser Squadron, 1917-20
Rear Adm.-Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard, 1920-22
Vice Adm., First Battle Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, 1922-24
C in C, China Station, 1925-26
Admiral, 1926
C in C, The Nore, 1927-30
First and Principal ADC to King George V, 1930-45.

 Dr Terence Edward Armstrong MA PhD
Dr Terence Edward Armstrong MA PhD

(7 April 1920 – 21 February 1996)

Fellow in Russian, Scott Polar Research Institute, 1947-56
Assistant Director of Research 1956-77, Acting Director 1982-83;
Founder Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge 1964-96, Reader in Arctic Studies 1977-83, Vice- President 1985-87
Academic honours included the Royal Geographical Society's Victoria medal.


 Admiral Sir William G. Andrewes KBE CB DSO
Admiral Sir William G. Andrewes KBE CB DSO

(3 November 1899 21 November 1974)

Commanded British Commonwealth naval forces during the first part of the Korean War.
Subsequently commanded of the British Navy's Atlantic-West Indies Station and was NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic.

 Major-General Allan Arnold CIE CBE MC

(23 May 1893 – 29 Jan 1962)
Colonel, Royal Fusiliers
Served in WW1, awarded Military Cross
Served in WW2, awarded CBE
1942, promoted to Major General.

1946, Government of India, food department.


 Group Captain Anthony Rex Arnold DSC DFC RAF
Anthony Arnold

(26 August 1896 - 1954)

As Flight Lieutenant, RNAS  (“Naval 8”), flying Sopwith Triplanes, scored five victories in 1917.
Given command of RAF’s No.79 Squadron, June 1918.
Senior Air Staff Officer of 24 Group, 1936.

 Sir Christopher Audland KCMG DL
Sir Christopher Audland KCMG DL

(born 7 July 1926)

Counsellor (Head of Chancery) in Bonn from 1970–73.
1973, seconded to Commission of European Communities.  Deputy Secretary-General between 1973 and 1981.
Director-General for Energy 1981-1986.
Awarded a KCMG in 1987.
Vice President of Europa Nostra from 1988–91.
President of the International Castles Institute from 1990–91. Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 1990 to 1997. Europa Nostra united with International Castles Institute in 1991.  Sir Christopher served as Executive President in 1992 and as Honorary President since 1997.


 Ralph George Scott Bankes

(24 October 1900 – 22 May 1948)

Member of Executive of Working Men’s College, from 1926
Chancellor of Diocese of Blackburn (from 1935), Manchester (from 1935), Coventry (from 1937) and Durham (from 1940).


 Thomas George Baring GCSI PC DCL LLD FRS, First Earl of Northbrook
Thomas George Baring GCSI PC DCL LLD FRS, First Earl of Northbrook

(22 January 1826 – 15 November 1904)

Viceroy of India, 1872-76
First Lord of the Admiralty, 1880-85
Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, 1890-1904
President of the Royal Geographical Society.


 Brigadier (Francis) Peter Barclay DSO MC DL
Brigadier (Francis) Peter Barclay DSO MC DL

(8 March 1909 – October 1992)

Awarded the first Military Cross of World War Two, 1940
Chief instructor, School of Infantry, 1950-52
Commander, Parachute Brigade, 1952-54
ADC to the Queen
Honorary Colonel of the Royal Norfolk Regiment


 General Sir Robert Biddulph GCB GCMG
General Sir Robert Biddulph GCB GCMG

(26 August 1835 – 18 November 1918)

HM Commissioner, Constantinople, 1879.
HM Commissioner, Cyprus, 1879-86.
Inspector General, recruiting, 1886-88.
Director-General, Military Education, 1888-93.
Governor of Gibraltar, 1893-1900.

 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

(17 August 1840 – 10 September 1922)

Poet and writer.
Served in the Diplomatic Service, 1858 to 1869.
1869 he married Lady Anne Noel. Together they travelled through Spain, Algeria, Egypt, the Syrian Desert, and extensively in the Middle East and India. They co-founded Crabbet Arabian Stud. 1882 he championed the cause of Arabi Pasha.  His support for Irish causes led to his imprisonment in 1888. Best known for his poetry, which was published in a collected edition in 1914.


 Sir Charles Cavendish Boyle KCMG
Sir Charles Cavendish Boyle KCMG

(29 May 1849 – 7 September 1916)

British colonial administrator.
Colonial Secretary in Bermuda from 1882 to 1888; in Gibraltar from 1888 to 1894, granted a knighthood for his service. In 1894 he moved to British Guiana. 1901 to 1904, Governor of Newfoundland and wrote poems to the island's beauty including the Ode to Newfoundland which was adopted as the dominion's national anthem.  Governor of Mauritius, 1907 to 1911.

 Sir Courtenay Edmund Boyle KCB
Sir Courtenay Edmund Boyle KCB

(21 October 1845 – 19 May 1901)

Private Secretary to the Viceroy of Ireland, 1868-73 and 1882-85.
Assistant Secretary, Board of Trade, 1886-93.


 Arthur Gilbert Bradley

(11 November 1850 – 25 January 1943)

Author of thirty books on history (particularly North America) and topography, and also several biographies.


 Sir John Brickwood Bt FZS FRGS
Sir John Brickwood Bt FZS FRGS

(23 June 1852 – 12 February 1932)

Chairman and Managing Director of Brickwood & Co., Ltd, brewers of Portsmouth. Grew the business by acquisition, eventually becoming the largest brewer and pub owner in Portsmouth and then in the area.
Knighted in 1904, and made a baronet in 1927.

 Timothy Bridge DL
Timothy Bridge DL

(born 1949)

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, 2004
Chairman of Greene King plc (Brewers) since 2005.


  Marcus James Henry Bruce CBE MIMechE

(10 October 1890 – 21 November 1956)

Director of Mechanical Maintenance, War Office, 1940-42, with equivalent rank of Major-General
Director of Fighting Vehicle Inspection, Ministry of Supply, 1942-44
Director, J & P Bruce, Ltd.


 Clarence Napier Bruce GBE LLD, Third Baron Aberdare
Clarence Napier Bruce GBE LLD, Third Baron Aberdare

(2 August 1885 – 4 October 1957)

Played cricket for Oxford University, 1907-8
Also represented Oxford University at golf, rackets and real tennis Played cricket for Middlesex, 1908 and 1919 – 1929
Rackets: Amateur champion, 1922 and 1931, ten times winner of the doubles.  Open Champion of British Isles 1932.  Singles Champion of Canada, 1928 and 1930.  Doubles Champion of Canada and U.S.A. in 1930
Real Tennis: Champion of U.S.A. in 1930 and of England in 1932 and 1938  Lawn Tennis: Amateur Champion of British Isles in 1938 Member of the International Olympics Committee, 1930 – 1957.


 Hon. John Hamilton Bruce CBE JP

(14 June 1889 – 8 April 1964)

Deputy Lieutenant of Glamorgan
Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (K.St.J.).


 Hon. Victor Austin Bruce
Hon. Victor Austin Bruce

(8 May 1897 – 1978)

Was, in 1926, the first Briton to win the Monte Carlo Rally.  Drove an AC Tourer from John O’Groats to Monaco.


 Baron Bruce-Gardyne of Kirkden in the district of Angus
Baron Bruce-Gardyne of Kirkden in the district of Angus

(12 April 1930 - 15 April 1990)

Conservative politician and journalist.
1964, elected MP for Angus South.
Held the seat until October 1974.
Elected MP for Knutsford in a 1979 by-election, but was effectively forced out when the seat was abolished by boundary changes for the 1983 election. Elevated to the House of Lords and continued to work as a journalist and to write books.  He was Vice President of the National Deaf Children’s Society.


 Richard Burne FRS MA
Richard Burne FRS MA

(5 April 1868 – 9 October 1953)

1892, anatomical assistant in the museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. 1908, promoted to Assistant Conservator. 
1912, appointed curator of the physiological section and held this post until his retirement in 1934. 
1925, awarded the gold medal by the Royal College of Surgeons for very distinguished service. 
Elected F.R.S. in 1927.


 Robin Buss

(1939 – 16 December 2006)

Doctorat de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne.
Film and TV critic; film critic for the Times Educational Supplement; TV previewer, Independent on Sunday 1992-99.  Translator of French literature.


  Brig.- General Philip Thomas Buston CB CMG DSO JP

(16 February 1853 – 21 June 1938)

Served in Afghanistan, 1878-80 and in South Africa, 1900
Served in First World War, 1914-18


  Major-General Stephen Seymour Butler CB CMG DSO

(1880 – 16 July 1964)

Deputy Chief of Intelligence, Army General Headquarters, 1918; Acting Chief of Intelligence, 1918
Head of Naval Intelligence, Constantinople, 1919-1920
General Officer Commanding 48 Div Territorial Army, 1935-1938
Head of British Military Mission, Ethiopia 1941-1943


 George Tinline Button

(11 April 1885 – 15 December 1961)

Mayor of Oxford, 1929-30.


 Admiral Arthur Henry Christian CB MVO
Admiral Arthur Henry Christian CB MVO

(31 August 1863 – 20 August 1926)

Rear Admiral in Eastern Mediterranean.  Commanded Naval forces at Suvla Bay, and subsequent operations up to and including the evacuation of Gallipoli.


 Euan Stewart Cooper-Willis
Euan Stewart Cooper-Willis

(born 11 September 1920)

Mathematician, Economist and Investment advisor
Founder, with his wife, Susan Williams-Ellis, of Portmeirion Potteries


 General Sir Walter Norris Congreve VC KCB MVO
General Sir Walter Norris Congreve VC KCB MVO

(20 November 1862 – 26 February 1927)

Recipient of the Victoria Cross; rose to the rank of general and was knighted.
1924 to 1927, Sir Walter served as the governor of Malta.
He was 37 years old, and a captain in The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) during the South African War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

On 15 December 1899 at the Battle of Colenso, South Africa, Captain Congreve with several others, tried to save the guns of the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, when the detachments serving the guns had all become casualties or been driven from their guns. Some of the horses and drivers were sheltering in a donga about 500 yards behind the guns and the intervening space was swept with shell and rifle fire. Captain Congreve, with two other officers, The Hon. Frederick Roberts and Harry Norton Schofield, helped to hook a team into a limber and then to limber up a gun. Although wounded himself, seeing Frederick Roberts fall, he went out with an RAMC Major (William Babtie) and brought him in.


 Richard Howard Stafford Crossman OBE
Richard Howard Stafford Crossman OBE

 (15 December 1907 – 5 April 1974)

Labour Party politician, author and editor of the New Statesman. 1945, elected MP for Coventry East, a seat he would hold until shortly before his death in 1974. Member of the National Executive of the Labour Party,1952 until 1967. Chairman of the Labour Party in 1960-61.
1964, appointed Minister of Housing and Local Government.
1966, became Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. Secretary of State for Health and Social Security from 1968 to 1970. 1970, resigned from the Labour front bench in 1970 to become editor of the New Statesman magazine. He left the New Statesman in 1972. He died of cancer in April 1974. Most famous for his Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, covering his time in government from 1964 to 1970.


 James William Archibald Cubitt MBE FRIBA
James William Archibald Cubitt MBE FRIBA

(1 May 1914 – 16 December 1983)

Architect and Sculptor. Senior Partner of James Cubitt and Partners since 1948
Worked in England, Ghana, Nigeria, Brunei and Libya
President of Architectural Association, 1965-66


 Major-General Sir Reginald Salmond Curtis KCMG CB DSO
Major-General Sir Reginald Salmond Curtis KCMG CB DSO

(21 November 1863 – 11 January 1922)

Served in Egypt, Eastern Sudan, Ashanti expedition, South African War.
Inspector General, South African Constabulary, 1905-08
Commandant, Army Signal School, 1912-13
Assistant Adjutant-General, War Office, 1913-17
i/c Administration, Aldershot Command, 1917-19

 Freeman John Dyson FRS
Freeman John Dyson FRS

(born 15 December 1923)

Mathematical Physicist.

1947, won a fellowship to Cornell University in the United States. Made perhaps his most significant theoretical contribution to the physics of quantum electrodynamics; he explained two conflicting theories on the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter by showing them to be essentially the same.
Went to study at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study with Robert Oppenheimer.
In 1953, Oppenheimer was instrumental in obtaining for his protégé a faculty position in physics at the Institute.
1956, began work with Edward Teller on designing an inherently "safe" nuclear reactor - that is, one which would necessarily shut itself down if it over-heated.
1959 he worked briefly with Edward Teller in developing the neutron bomb and soon became one of the leading scientific critics of the proposed nuclear test ban.
Went on to argue for the colonization of space. His "Dyson sphere" was so well-known among the scientific community that it was even mentioned in an episode the science-fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Many of his original ideas are explored in depth in his books. These have won laudatory reviews for their accessibility to both learned and lay audiences.
He became a naturalized American citizen in 1957. His many honors include being made a member of the National Academy of Science, a fellow of the Royal Society of London, and a recipient of the German Physical Society's Max Planck Medal.


 Lieutenant-General Sir Raleigh Gilbert Egerton KCB KCIE CB

(25 September 1860 – 2 May 1931)

Served in Indian Army
Brigade Commander, Ferozepore Brigade, 1911-14
Brigade Commander, European War, 1914-19.


 Major John Vickers Eyre JP DL
Major John Vickers Eyre JP DL

(born 30 April 1936)

Managing Director, George Truscott Ltd, 1986-2003
High Sheriff, Gloucestershire, 2000-01
Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Gloucestershire, 2000-
Vice Lord Lieutenant, Gloucestershire, 2007-


 Anthony Eyton RA
Anthony Eyton RA

(born 17 May 1923)

Painter, Senior Academician of the Royal Academy.
Studied fine art at Reading University and Camberwell School of Art.
In 1951 received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to work in Italy.
Head of Painting at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario in 1969 and taught at the Royal Academy Schools from 1964 to 1999. 
He was elected ARA on 30 April 1976 and elected RA on 20 November 1986.


 Captain Peter Evelyn Fanshawe CBE DSC
Captain Peter Evelyn Fanshawe CBE DSC

(13 September 1911 – February 1994)

Observer in Fleet Air Arm. Shot down Norway in 1940 and taken POW by German forces. Whilst POW at Stalag Luft III was a member of the "Great Escape" Executive Committee, responsible for sand dispersal.

Commanded HMS Amethyst (1950–52) in Korean War: 'mentioned in dispatches' and awarded DSC


 Major George Rudolf Hanbury Fielding DSO
Major George Rudolf Hanbury Fielding DSO

(3 July 1915 – 23 January 2005)

Served in 3rd The King’s Own Hussars in Crete (1940) and Western Desert
Head of an SOE Unit in Southern Austria, 1944


  Alastair Cameron Forbes
Alastair Cameron Forbes

(2 May 1918 – 19 May 2005)

Ali Forbes was for some years a journalist but he was better known as a man about town (and country houses), and in the latter part of his life as an amusing, gossipy and mischievous book reviewer. Wrote for the Observer, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator.


 Major-General John Randle Minshull Ford CB DSO MC
Major-General John Randle Minshull Ford CB DSO MC

(12 May 1881 – 1 April 1948)

Commanded 1st Battalion, BEF, France, 1914-15
Commanded 1st RWF, 1915-16.  Wounded three times.
Commander, 5th Infantry Brigade, Aldershot, 1930-32
ADC, 1930-32
Commander, 44th Home Counties Division, TA
Lieut-Governor and GOC, Guernsey and Alderney District, 1940.


 John Francis
John Francis

(born 1980)

Hampshire County Cricket Club;
Somerset County Cricket Club: Left hand batsman, slow left arm bowler

 Simon Francis
Simon Francis

(born 1978)

England 'A';
Hampshire Cricket Cricket Club;
Somerset Country Cricket Club;
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: Right arm fast-medium bowler, right hand bat.

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