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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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 Dominic Jan Graham Mahony
Dominic Jan Graham Mahony

(born 26 April 1964)

Pentathlete. Competed in team and individual events in Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992) Olympic Games. Won bronze medals in the 1987 World Championships and in Seoul (team events). Team GB Modern Pentathlon Team Leader for Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).

1983-94, served as Officer in The Life Guards. Since 1998, at Lane4, now as Europe Practice Director.

 Charles Blachford Mansfield MA
Charles Blachford Mansfield MA

(8 May 1819 – 26 February 1855)

Chemist and traveller.
1846, settled in London and decided to devote himself to chemistry, while occupying his leisure with a diversity of interests ranging from natural history and mesmerism, to abstruse studies in medieval science.
1848, after study at the Royal College of Chemistry, Mansfield undertook a series of experiments which resulted in the fractional distillation of impure benzene, toluene, and xylene from coal tar, and the development of procedures for the large-scale conversion of benzene into nitrobenzene.
The method effectively laid the foundation of the European coal tar and dyestuffs industries.  1848–9, became a Christian socialist.
1850, investigated aeronautics, wrote his Aerial Navigation.
1852, visited Asunción in Paraguay. If not the first English visitor to the capital, certainly the first to go there merely to take notes.
Returned to England in the spring, 1853, resumed his chemical studies, and began a book on the constitution of salts based upon his Royal Institution lectures.  Was horribly burned in a chemical accident, and died on 26 February, 1855.


 Lieutenant-Colonel (John) Kenric La Touche Mardon DSO TD JP DL MA

(29 June 1905 – 5 April 1993)

High Sheriff of Somerset, 1956-57
Chairman, Mardon, Son & Hall, Ltd., Bristol, 1962-69
Director, Bristol and West Building Society, 1969-82
Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Avon, 1974-80


 Cecil Winton Maudslay CB MA

(26 September 1880 – 8 December 1969)

Principal Assistant Secretary, Board of Education, 1935-40
In charge of Child Care Division, Board of Education, 1942-44
Freeman of the City of London
Master of the Musicians’ Company, 1955-56


 Lieutenant-Commander Stephen Lynch Maydon DSO(bar) DSC
Lieutenant-Commander Stephen Lynch Maydon DSO(bar) DSC

(15 December 1913 – 2 March 1971)

Naval officer and politician who had a brief career in government.
During the Second World War Maydon commanded submarines L26, P35 (“Umbra”) and Tradewind.
Joined “Umbra” on 7th July 1941, as Commanding Officer on her completion. During its 12 months service in the Mediterranean under Maydon, “Umbra” was to become the 4th highest scoring submarine, sinking 70000 tons of shipping. Joined “Tradewind” 1943, as Commanding Officer just before the boat’s commissioning. 
Ordered to the Far East 1944. Maydon completed five successful patrols there. Joined “Amphion”1947.  During August 1947 the submarine broke a record, when it dived to 400 feet off Australia.
1949, retired from the Royal Navy.
1951, elected Conservative MP for Wells.  Retired 1970.


 General Sir Mosley Mayne GCB CBE DSO FRSA
General Sir Mosley Mayne GCB CBE DSO FRSA

(24 April 1889 – 17 December 1955)

1914-18, served on Western Front.  Awarded DSO.
Commondant, Royal Deccan Horse (India), 1934-36.
Director of Military Operations, India, 1938-39.
Commanded 21 Corps, Middle East, 1940-43.
GOC Eastern Command, India, 1943-44.
Principal Staff Officer at India Office, 1945-46.

ADC General to King George VI, 1944-47


 John Moncaster Ley Mitcheson CMG OBE

(28 May 1893 – 2 September 1966)

Consul-General, Batavia, 1947
Deputy High Commissioner for UK in India, 1947-49
Consul-General, San Francisco, 1949-52


 Reverend Robert Campbell Moberly DD

(26 July 1845 – 8 June 1903)

Canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology from 1892.
Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the King from 1901.


 Sir Alexander Moody-Stuart Kt OBE MC

(28 January 1899 – 12 December 1971)

Became resident of Antigua, 1924
Member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of Antigua and Leeward Islands for many years


 Robert Moore
Robert Moore

(born 21 May 1981)

England and Great Britain Hockey: Forward / inside forward


 Leonard Frederick Morshead CSI

(5 September 1868 – 21 October 1936)

Inspector General of Police, Bengal, 1908-12
Inspector General of Police, Patna, 1912-15
Member of the Board of Revenue, 1919-24


 Major-General Sir Robert Neville KCMG CBE Royal Marines

(17 December 1896 – 12 June 1987)

1914-18, served Grand Fleet and France, Cheshire Regiment.
1939-45, Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence, Combined Operations.
ADC to King George VI, 1946-48.
Governor and C-in-C, Bahamas, 1950-53.
Director of Epsylon Industries, 1954-61.
Chairman of Vectron Electronics, 1961-66.


  David Henry Arthur Nicholson, Lord Carnock

(10 July 1920 - 26 December 2008)

4th Baron Carnock
Chief of Clan Nicholson
Solicitor. Partner, Clifford-Turner, 1953-86


 (Nigel) Desmond Norman CBE CEng FRAeS
(Nigel) Desmond Norman CBE CEng FRAeS

(13 August 1929 – 13 November 2002)

Aircraft Designer
Founder of Britten-Norman, Ltd with FRJ Britten, 1954
Designed the Islander and Trilander aircraft
Managing Director, AeroNorTec Ltd, 1988-2002


 Rear Admiral Laurence Oliphant

(1877 – 1950)

Superintendent of the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich 1922-33


 Captain Christopher Orlebar FRAeS
Captain Christopher Orlebar FRAeS

(born 4 February 1945)


1973, CAA course for examiner/instructor.
1976-1986 he was the Senior First Officer for Concorde and examiner/instructor to the Concorde Fleet.
Consultant for many television programmes.
Captained Boeing 737s for British Airways from 1986-2000 and flew for Maersk Air Ltd from 2000-01.
Freeman of the City of London (1975) and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.


 John Philip Carrington Palmer MC
John Philip Carrington Palmer MC

(1916 – 9 August 2006)

Master of the Mercers’ Company, 1969-70


 Ralph Matthew Palmer, 11th Baron Lucas of Crudwell
Ralph Matthew Palmer, 11th Baron Lucas of Crudwell

(born 7 June 1951)

A Lord in Waiting (Government Whip), 1994-97

Government spokesman on: education, 1994-95; social security and Wales, 1994-97; agriculture and the environment, 1995-97. Opposition spokesman on international development, 1997-98. Elected member of the House of Lords, 1999.

Owner of the Good Schools Guide.


 Sir (Walter) Edmund Parker Kt CBE

(24 June 1908 – 21 March 1981)


Assistant Secretary, Board of Trade, 1941-45.  He was made CBE in 1946. Partner in Price Waterhouse in 1944, representing the United Kingdom partnership in the international firm between 1949 and 1970.
Senior partner of Price Waterhouse from 1966-71, and for part of that time was also chairman of the international firm. Knighted, 1974. President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, 1967-68.


 Colonel Frederic James Parker CB
Colonel Frederic James Parker CB

(6 April 1861 – 8 July 1944)

Late commanding 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Served in World War One and ‘Commandant on Lines of Communication’


 Rt. Hon. Sir Jonathan Frederic Parker Kt PC
Rt. Hon. Sir Jonathan Frederic Parker Kt PC

(born 8 December 1937)

Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, 1991-2000
Vice Chancellor County Palatine of Lancaster, 1994-98
A Lord Justice of Appeal, 2000-07


 Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Bt CVO JP MA MusD DCL LLD
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

(27 February 1848 – 7 October 1918)

English composer

Probably best known for his setting of Wiliam Blake's poem, Jerusalem, the coronation anthem I was glad and the hymn tune Repton which sets the words Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.
Parry had much success with the ode Blest Pair of Sirens (1887) which established him as the leading English choral composer of his day.
Director of the Royal College of Music, 1894 until his death.
1900 appointed professor of music at Oxford University.
In the last decade of his life produced some of his finest works, including the Symphonic Fantasia '1912' (also called Symphony No. 5), the Ode on the Nativity (1912), Jerusalem (1916) and the Songs of Farewell (1916–1918).


 Professor Hugh Pelham PhD FRS FmedSci
Professor Hugh Pelham PhD FRS FmedSci

(born 26 August 1954)

Educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and was a PhD student there in the Department of Biochemistry, obtaining a PhD in 1978.
He joined the LMB in 1981. His group studied the transcription of heat shock genes, then heat shock proteins themselves. On discovering homologues of these proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum, he became interested in the secretory pathway.
Awarded many prizes including the Colworth Medal of the Biochemical Society in 1988, a medal by the European Molecular Biology Organization in 1989, the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 1991 and the King Faisal International Prize for Science in 1996.
Deputy Director of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology from 1996 to 2006. Since 2006 has been its Director.


 Lieutenant-Colonel Beauchamp Tyndall Pell DSO

(6 July 1866 – 4 November 1914)

Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
Served in India, China and South Africa
Died in First Battle of Ypres


 Thomas Pellereau
Thomas Pellereau

(born 1979)


Achieved a 1st class degree as well as a masters in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation from the University of Bath. Some of his inventions to date have included: the Stylfile (a curved nail file), an Ethical Goods brand that connects brands with relevant charities, Mode Diagnostics (bowel cancer screening tool), Babisil (first collapsible silicon baby bottle) and the Amadeus acoustic screen for musicians.

In July 2011, Tom won series seven of "The Apprentice" on BBC TV.


 Sir Michael Willcox Perrin Kt CBE FRSC
Sir Michael Willcox Perrin Kt CBE FRSC

(13 September 1905 – 18 August 1988)

Scientist who created the first practical polythene, directed the first British atomic bomb programme, and managed the Allied intelligence of the Nazi atomic bomb.

Led a small team from ICI and patented first practical production of polythene, 1935.
Assistant Director of “Tube Alloys”, the British atomic bomb programme, 1940-42.
“Tube Alloys” became part of U.S. “Manhatten Project”, 1942 – Perrin remained as coordinator for British Government.
After the war, Perrin worked with Lord Portal on development of Atomic weapons and energy production.
Chairman, The Wellcome Foundation, 1953-70.
Chairman, Inveresk Research International, 1971-73.


 Hon. Captain Roland Erasmus Philipps MC
Hon. Captain Roland Erasmus Philipps MC

(27 February 1890 – 7 July 1916)

Assistant District Commissioner for East London Scouts, 1912
Scout Commissioner for North East London, 1913
Responsible for Scouting throughout East London. Wrote several books on Scouting

 John Gore Phillimore CMG

(16 April 1908 – 22 September 2001)

Partner, Roberts, Meynell & Co., Buenos-Aires, 1936-48
Representative of HM Treasury and Bank of England in South America, 1940-45
Managing Director of Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd., 1949-72
Prime Warden, Fishmongers’ Company, 1974-75
High Sheriff of Kent, 1975
Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Kent, 1979-84


 Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744)

Greatest English poet of the early eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Third most frequently quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Sent to two surreptitious Catholic schools, at Twyford and at Hyde Park Corner. 1710, published The Pastorals; brought instant fame to the twenty year old Pope.  The Rape of the Lock is perhaps Pope's most popular poem. Published his Works in 1717. As well as the poems mentioned above, the volume also included the first appearance of Eloisa to Abelard and Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady; and several shorter works, of which perhaps the best are the epistles to Martha Blount. 1713, he announced plans to publish a translation of Homer's Iliad  over the course of six years. Made him the first English poet who could live off the sales of his work alone. Translated the Odyssey, 1725–1726.
One edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations includes no less than 212 quotations from Pope - often taken as proverbial by those who do not know their source: "A little learning is a dang'rous thing" (from the Essay on Criticism); "To err is human, to forgive, divine" (ibid.); "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread" (ibid); "Hope springs eternal in the human breast" and "The proper study of mankind is man" (Essay on Man).

 John Poynder Dickson Poynder PC GCMG GBE KCMG DSO JP 1st Baron Islington
John Poynder Dickson Poynder

(31 October 1866 – 6 Dec 1936)

Conservative MP for Chippenham, 1892-1910
Governor of New Zealand, 1910-12
Chairman, Imperial Institute, 1914-21
Chairman, National Savings Committee, 1920-26

 Peter Prentice
Peter Prentice

(born 15 January 1961)

Vice President of the World Elephant Polo Association
Captain of Scotland Elephant Polo Team
Winner of four World Cups and three King’s Cups
Vice President, Chivas Bros., Asia-Pacific
"Master of the Quaich"

 Rt. Hon. John Frederick Peel Rawlinson JP PC KC LLD MP
John Rawlinson

(21 December 1860 – 14 January 1926)

Barrister and Association Football Goalkeeper.
Played in goal for England, 1882.
Played for Old Etonians in winning FA Cup side, 1882; runner-up, 1881 & 1883.
Recorder of Cambridge, 1898.
MP for Cambridge University, 1906.
Deputy High Steward, Cambridge University, 1918.
Privy Councellor, 1923

 George Henry Mildmay Ricketts CB

(1827 – 16 July 1914)

Worked in BCS, 1847-79
CB for bravery during the Mutiny of 1857


 Alister Robinson
Alister Robinson

(born 30 January 1970)

British Singles and Doubles Rackets Champion, 2002-2006
World Doubles Rackets Champion, 2005-2007
Studied Fine Art at the Ruskin, Oxford
Founded Interior Architecture & Design company FT2 in 2001
Formed a new architecture practice – Robinson McColl – in 2009

  Walter Francis Roch MP

(20 January 1880 – 3 May 1965)

Served as Labour Member of Parliament for Pembrokeshire, 1908-18


 Major-General Sir Andrew Hamilton Russell KCB KCMG DSO
Major-General Sir Andrew Hamilton Russell KCB KCMG DSO

(23 February 1868 – 29 November 1960)

General, born Napier, New Zealand.
Educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. Spent five years with the Imperial Forces in India.  1892 returned to New Zealand to join his father in sheep farming.
Took an active part in the development of the New Zealand Territorial Forces.
1914, brigade commander of the Wellington Mounted Rifle Brigade. Distinguished service on Gallipoli, and particularly at the evacuation in which he commanded the entire Anzac Force. Returned to Egypt, where he was given the command of the newly formed New Zealand Division, with the rank of Major-General. 1915, created K.C.M.G. Took the New Zealand Division to France for the duration of the war, and continued in command when it joined the Army of Occupation on the Rhine. 1919 he returned home loaded with foreign decorations, a K.C.B. (1917), and the enthusiastic regard of his troops.
In 1940, he emerged from retirement to assume the responsibilities of Inspector-General of the Forces in New Zealand.


  Major Sir (Richard) Newton Rycroft Bt

(23 January 1918 – 12 January 1999)

Served with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment on special service work in Balkans. Awarded Knight’s Cross of Royal Order of Phoenix with Swords (Greece).


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