A Nigel Edwards has emailed us to ask for advice on identifying his grandfather or great-grandfather in a cricket photograph. See the Gallery.
He says: I know that the boy on the left of the three in the middle on chairs is a BENNETT. He is either my grandfather GUY ROUSSEAU BENNETT (born 1905), or my great-grandfather PHILIP CHARLES BENNETT (born 1867) or possibly one of several brothers of both, all of whom were at Framlingham in the 40 or so years around the turn of the century. It might be my grandfather's eldest brother JAMES NORMAN BENNETT (born 1895 and killed in action on the Western Front in 1917).)
During the school holiday of summer 1963 six intrepid lads from Framlingham cycled to San Felu de Guixols on the Spanish Costa Brava. John Birt (S59-63), George "Rory" Brown (S60-64), Richard Vaughan-Griffith (K60-64), Anthony Cowan (R55-64) and Mervyn Hills (R54-64) are known to have taken part. We are trying to remember who was the sixth member of our team, as JB, VG and RB are trying to put together a story of the epic trip.
Possible suggestions for No. 6 are Andy Hamer (S58-63) or Nick Rutter (S55-64). Nick is listed as Gone Away on the register; so the SOF Registrar would be pleased to receive his current contact information. Last reported as Professor of Paediatrics at Nottingham University.
We have also lost contact with Mervyn Hills - last reported as an Accountant in South Africa; so if anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact the SOF Registrar so we may update his contact information on the register.
[Stop-Press - 1 Aug 2004 - We have now heard from Andy Hamer and Nick Rutter and neither are the 6th cyclist. Nick also reports that he cycled from London to San Feliu de Guixols on the Spanish Costa Brava in summer 1961 after "O-Levels", together with Rob Le Rougetel (K55-63 - currently head of the economics department at Merchant Taylor's School) and John Talbot (R57-64 - ex-head boy and Weymouth GP who tragically drowned a few years ago). Nick says he is still in touch with Rob and they remember their trip in great detail.]
In an after-dinner speech at the SOF London Supper on July 19, Old Framlinghamian President Norman Porter laid out what he described as his three-pronged approach to energising and invigorating the Society. See the end of the story for a list of attendees.
On April 23 the Victoria Crosses awarded to two former pupils of Framlingham College, Lance-Corporal William Hewitt, 2nd South African Light Infantry, and Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, of Canada, were presented to the Imperial War Museum by the college head, Mrs Gwen Randall. Click here to read the article in The Times.
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