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Distinguished OFs

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SIR GEORGE SAMPSON ELLISTON KGStJ MC MA (1890-92) – became a barrister and had a distinguished career in WW1, winning the Military Cross in 1918. Went on to become Chief Commoner in the City of London and Conservative MP for Blackburn fro 15 years. He was also first OF to be Chairman of the Governors at the College from 1946 to 1949.

THE HON WILLIAM ROBERTSON WARREN KC (1892-99) – Prime Minister of Newfoundland (1923-24). Died in 1927. His biography also includes an amazing story about a letter he wrote in 1919 to the Headmaster at the time, F W Stocks, which was carried by Alcock and Brown on the first ever transatlantic flight.

SIR VALENTINE GEORGE CRITTALL, 1ST BARON BRAINTREE (1895-98) – 1st OF to become an MP. Built model village of Silver End in Essex for his workers. Was knighted in 1930 and elevated to the peerage in 1948. Died in 1961.

PRINCE CONSTANTIN KARADJA (1906-08) – after leaving the College he qualified as a barrister. He then became Romanian Consul at Budapest from 1920-25, followed by Consul General of Romania in Berlin from 1931-41 and director of the Konsularabteilung in the State Department of Romania from 1941-44. It was his role during WW2 that brought him to prominence, as he issued hundreds of Romanian visas to German Jews in Berlin, France and Hungary during this period. A Rememberance Service was held in the College Chapel on 6 January 2009, just after the centenary of him leaving the College.

SIR ARTHUR VERE HARVEY, LORD PRESTBURY (R17-20) – RAF pilot who came 4th in King’s Cup air race in 1937. In 1945 he became a Conservative MP, before becoming Baron Prestbury in 1971. He was also chairman and director of a number of companies including Ciba-Giegy.

HIS EXCELLENCY THE HONORABLE SAO HKUN HKIO, THE SAWBWA (RULER) OF MONGMIT (27-30) – in February 1937 he succeeded his father as hereditary ruler of Mongmit, which is now part of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). He reigned as ruler until 1952, when it ceased to be a separate province. He was Foreign Minister for Myanmar 3 times in all – firstly in 1948, then between 1950 and 1958 and finally between 1960 and 1962. He died in 1990.

LORD LEXDEN OF LEXDEN IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX AND OF STRANGFORD IN THE COUNTY OF DOWN - ALISTAIR BASIL COOKE OBE (K55-63) – he is a political historian who has spent most of his career in the central organisation of the Conservative Party. He was first Assistant, and then Deputy, Director of the Conservative Research Department from 1983 to 1997 and Director of the Conservative Political Centre, the Party's educational wing responsible for coordinating political discussion in constituencies, from 1988 to 1997. He was awarded his OBE on 31 December 1987 and his peerage on 17 November 2010 for his career in education, authorship and politics. He becomes only 3rd OF to be awarded a peerage.

SIR JAMES EDWARD THORNTON PAICE MP (G60-66) - he was elected the MP for South East Cambridgeshire in the 1987 General Election. In May 2010, he was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, but stood down in September 2012, when he was given a knighthood.

JOHN CHARLES FULLER OBE (S78-86) – he has been leader of South Norfolk Council since 2007 and the lead Conservative member and vice-chairman of the local government's resources panel, which is concerned with finance for councils. He was made an OBE for his public and political service in the Queen’s Birthday Honour 2019.

DR DAVID BULL (Z80-87) – qualified as a doctor, before transitioning into broadcasting by joining the BBC. Became the first person to broadcast to Children about their health issues on Newsround. Has also presented a number of high-profile TV shows and written two health books. In 2000, he co founded the creative communication agency Incredibull Ideas. In December 2006, he was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion but stood down before the election. He has made numerous TV appearances. In May 2019 he was elected an MEP for the Brexit Party.

DAISY COOPER MP (P97-99) – In 2019 she stood again in St Albans, winning the seat from the sitting Conservative MP.  She became the first Liberal Democrat MP for the constituency. She was named as the party's justice, culture, media and sport spokesperson in January 2020.