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Distinguished OFs

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This section includes a piece on the numerous OFs who have saved a life over the years. The most recent of these is Jeff Wornham who was posthumously awarded the George Medal on 27 November 2007.

CHARLES SKYRMISHER RENNICK (1868) - After attending London University he went out to India and became Engineer in Chief of the Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway.  As well as a notable billiards player he was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s medal for saving a life.  He died back in England at the age of 77.

CAPTAIN HENRY HALKETT CRICKETT (1875-78) - He qualified as a doctor and became a ship’s surgeon.  During WW1 he was in the Royal Army Medical Corps serving in a wide range of locations from Egypt, East Africa coast to Serbia and Salonika.  He saved the life of a man from drowning in Mikra Bay, Salonika.  No other details available.

WILLIAM JAMES MONEY (1877-79) - He was Mayor of Beccles 1908-09. Saved a life from drowning, but no more details.  However he was for many years Hon Instructor an Examiner or Royal Lifesaving Society and examined classes in Framlingham.  In WW1 he was Chief Officer of Special Constabulary in Beccles.

HAROLD EDWARD WALLIS (1888-91) - Middle son of 3 brothers who attended the College.  He received a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum for saving a life from drowning in Simonstown Bay, South Africa in 1898.

FREDERICK WILLIAM MUNNINGS (1893-94) - He was the brother of Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO PRA (1891-92). He saved life from drowning.  No other details available.

LT COLONEL FRANCIS ROBERT BOYD HAWARD OBE (1893-94) - Was awarded OBE during WW2.  Saved life from drowning, but no other details on this available.

EDGAR FISKE (1889-95) - He was a farmer and member of the committee of the Framlingham and Eastern Counties Co-operative Egg and Poultry Society.  He won the Junior Packard Prize for Science in 1894 & 1895 while at the College.  He saved a life from drowning but no more details on the circumstances. He served in 1st Suffolk and Harwich Volunteer Artillery 1899-1902.

LT EDWIN GEORGE MAWBY (1889-97) - He was born in March 1879 and saved a life from drowning in the Thames.  He is best remembered for the active part he played in the SOF, becoming Hon Sec from 1905 to 1909 and 1913 to 1914.  He was also President in 1910 and 1911 and the editor of the first Register in 1907.  He was killed during WW1 and appears on the main WW1 Memorial as well as a separate memorial erected by the SOF.

HENRY WALTER TAYLOR (1900-01) - He was born on 16 October 1885. He received a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum for saving a life from drowning off Great Yarmouth beach on 10 August 1904.

CECIL T LOTT (1901-03) - He was born on 3 November 1887 and saved life from drowning.  No other details available.

PHILP S CHAPMAN (1903-06) - He was born on 22 August 1891. He received a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum for saving a life from drowning in 1908.

MAJOR CHRISTOPHER WATERHOUSE HODGSON (1899-1906) - He was born in Coston on 30th October 1888 in Norfolk England. After attending the College he went onto a military college, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant.  He immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1912 where he worked for a bank. He was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Humane Society, for saving a life in Clinton, Ontario, Canada.  The citation reads “On 5 July 1912 a man while bathing in the river at Clinton, Ontario, sank in 9 feet of water 15 yards out from the bank. Hodgson plunged in and succeeded in saving him.” 

MAJOR JOHN HOWELL STRANSOM DCM TD (R1904-11) - He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 23 June 1915.  In 1933 he saved a life from drowning.  He was Hon Treasurer of the SOF from 1937 to 1939 and President in 1945 and 1946. 

EDWARD DIGBY INSKIP (1904-12) - He was born on 13 July 1894, 2nd son of Rev OD Inskip, Headmaster of Framlingham.  He saved life from drowning in 1914, shortly after leaving the College.  No other details available.

THOMAS BLYFORD JENKINS (1918-22) - He was born on 11 November 1905. He received a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal in 1923, for saving the life of a man from drowning off Southwold, Suffolk.

STEPHEN HERBERT DEEKS (22-24) - He was born on 14 March 1907.  It is perhaps fitting that he was captain of swimming at the College in 1923 & 1924.  He went on to be awarded the Albert Medal for saving a man’s life off Worthing.

ALAN FREDERICK JOHNSTON LIMER (S56-65) - Life Saving 1 – he pulled David Forster (S58-64) out of the old swimming pool at Fram in the period 1963 to 1965, probably 64 or 65.  David Forster was a dayboy.  What happened was that Alan noticed a stream of bubbles rising to the surface (many will remember the colour was an impenetrable muddy green) and dived down and found David Forster on the bottom and brought him up to the surface and to the edge of the pool.  He was unconscious.  He was pulled out and laid on the grass bank where he recovered.  In a sad foot note, David Forster died in 1969 at the age of just 23.  3 weeks before his death he had emigrated to Perth Australia to become an accountant, which he just qualified in England for.  He was accidentally electrocuted.

Life Saving 2 - In the period 2000 – 2002, Alan was running a yacht club rally in the Beaulieu River and perched in his inflatable at the stern of a yacht, chatting to those on board.  He had been running a ferry service from boat to boat.  The next boat out was Major League, a 45 feet motor yacht belonging to Peter Ralls QC, and there was another boat outside them.  On the stern of Major League were some young children.  One of them, Jack Ralls (aged 3), fell off the back.    Alan says “I rapidly entered the water and caught him as the tide started pushing him under the yacht.  With a couple of breast stroke kicks I brought him back to the surface and presented him to concerned parents.”

NICK CARLTON (G63-70) - In 33 years at sea Captain Nick Carlton has never heard the cry “man overboard”, until August 2003.  At the time he was Captain of the P&O liner Pacific Sky.  When the shout was made he immediately turned the ship around and headed back to search.  After nearly 3 hours of searching in 25 knot winds and rough seas, the man was remarkably found and brought back on board.  See this article for further information and pictures.

ROGER SPARROW (Z72-79) - While still a pupil at Brandeston Hall (aged 12 or 13 at the time) he showed great initiative and competence when, during a Free Swimming session in the pool with the surface of the water considerably disturbed, he spotted a fellow pupil, unconscious, on the bottom in the deep end. He, single-handedly, managed to retrieve the unconscious lad and bring him to the surface and the side of the pool. The boy had knocked himself out on the bottom step of the ladder while attempting to access the Deep End the 'gentle' way. Responding to resuscitation and 24 hours in hospital he was, fortunately, no worse for the experience - but Roger's prompt action undoubtedly saved his life. As a result of his initiative and retrieval skills, Roger became the very first recipient, in 1973, of the newly introduced Brandeston Hall Honours Tie. 

KATY WILKS (P86-94) - She was born in 1976 and when only 19 years old saved a life from drowning at Felixstowe.  You can read a summary of the full story that was included in the Spring 1996 OF Magazine.

JEFFREY RICHARD TRISTAN WORNHAM GM (K89-95) - He was born in 1977 and became a Fireman.  He was killed (along with a colleague) on 2 February 2005 while trying to save a trapped woman in a fire.  See here for a lot more detail.

On 27 November 2007 it was announced in the London Gazette that he and his colleague had both been posthumously awarded the George Medal.  The George Medal is 2nd only to the George Cross in terms of recognising acts of outstanding civilian bravery.  In November 2008 a Memorial Plaque was installed in the College Chapel.