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Distinguished OFs

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FREDERICK BIRD (1865-66) - born in 1851, he was a farmer and landowner at Westerfield, Ipswich. Was regarded as one of the best judges of cattle in the Eastern Counties. Late in life he was regarded as the oldest living OF and was celebrated as the oldest working farmer in England in James Wentworth Day’s book called “Harvest Adventure”. This book was a portrait of him at age 95. He died in his 97th year on 19 November 1947.

EMILE EDOUARD MOREAU CBE (1871-72) – international businessman and major benefactor to the College and SOF. He came to know Rudyard Kipling and, in 1889, became his first publisher. His contribution to the war effort in WW1 was recognised by the award of a CBE in 1919. While a governor of the College he gave £4,000 (the equivalent of about £200,000 today) to help with building improvements and in his will left bequests to both the College and the Society totalling the equivalent of well over £500,000 in today’s terms.

CHARLES WILLIAM WALLACE (1870-71) – he was the brother of Major General Sir Alexander Wallace (1870-74). He made a fortune in India and like his brother was President of the SOF (1905,06), a Trustee and Governor (from 1912 until his death). He distributed the prizes on Speech Day (1906) and was the first OF to be appointed Governor and to distribute the prizes. As well as donating considerable funds to the Society during his lifetime, he left his considerable fortune to be divided between the British Treasury and the Treasury of British India because he felt that "all possessions great and small being acquired from or through the people, as mine were, should return to the people". A trust has been set up in his name.

ARTHUR GORTON ANGIER (1867-74) - newspaper proprietor and journalist; chairman of 12 public companies and director of numerous others both here and abroad. An authority on tropical culture. President of SOF in 1921 and 1922.

OWEN ALY CLARK MBE (1877-79) – as well as being a chemist, he was Mayor of Bury St Edmunds in 1907 and from 1914-1918. The following year he received the Honorary Freedom of Bury and was awarded an MBE [presumably for services to the community]. He was also prominent in Freemasonry, an accomplished amateur pianist and organist and widely known in the Eastern Counties as a speaker.

SIR THOMAS ROBERT JOHN WARD Kt CIE MVO (1875-80) – spent his entire life involved in civil engineering projects around the world, but principally irrigation projects in India and Thailand. He was awarded his CIE (Companion of Order of Indian Empire) in 1906 and his MVO in 1911 and was knighted in 1920. He died in Middlesex in 1944 at the age of 80.

HERBERT ARTHUR RICHARDS CBE (1877-83) – he had a long and distinguished career in the Foreign Office, with many overseas postings. He retired in 1928 and was appointed a CBE in 1929. He died at Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex on 6 March 1956 at the age of 90.

CHARLES HERBERT PEACOCK (1880-83) – following in his father’s footsteps, he became a newspaper proprietor and owned The West Herts and Watford Observer and other titles. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Journalists and played football for Hertfordshire. He also found time to be Chief Officer of Watford Fire Brigade. He died on 11 November 1930, his 63rd birthday.

HERBERT PETER BLOFIELD JP (1882-85) - he was a farmer and one of the best known figures of his time in English agriculture. He was a leading authority on Red Poll cattle, judging at the Royal Bath and West, Smithfield and other shows, including World Fair in Chicago. He died in 1952 at the age of 51 and his funeral cortege was a mile long. “His death is regarded as a great loss to the agricultural industry generally and especially in the Eastern Counties” The Times.

FRANK JOHN MASON MBE JP (1883-87) - draper and milliner and costumier. Chairman of W & J Smith Ltd and a director of the Eastern Counties Building Society. He was a member of Ipswich Town Council for many years and mayor in 1921/2. He was awarded MBE on 1 January 1920 as a civilian war honour. He was an active member of a number of Ipswich committees and associations. He died in 1942.

CYRIL GEORGE DAVIS (1884-89) - deputy chairman and MD of Radiation Ltd, Chairman and MD of David Stove Co and Chairman of Diamond Foundry Co. and Nautilus Fire Co. Member of the Council, Federation of British Industries. Governor of the College (1929-37) and gave £500 for a leaving exhibition. Was SOF President in 1928. Died in 1948 at the age of 73.

PHILIP JOHN TURNER (1889-92) – prominent architect who emigrated to Canada and was Director of the McGill School of Architecture. Died of ill health in 1943, very hurt to see the destruction caused by the air raids in England.

CHARLES HAMILTON SCOTT (1890-93) – by profession he was a Stockbroker in London for Scott Bros and Co., but he is best remembered for his work for the SOF. He was a member of the SOF Council from its formation in 1900 and a Trustee from 1908. He was also President in 1915 and 1916 and Hon Treasurer from 1921 to 1936.

GEORGE ERNEST JEFFES OBE (1893-96) - qualified as a solicitor and was Deputy Assistant Director at the Department of Agriculture and Lands in the Soudan Civil Administration (1906-07). During WW1 served as legal adviser to the Commander-in–Chief, Egypt and was awarded the OBE in 1918.

STANLEY WALKER (1893-98) - mechanical engineer on Egyptian State railway and District Locomotive Superintendent of Luxor and Assouan Railway. He was inventor and patentee of Walker reversible oiling pad, Walker indicator, Walker anti-waste funnel and Walker spring clip. Member of the Institute of Locomotive Engineers. See John Cecil George Cossey (1896-99) for another railway inventor.

BRIGADIER-GENERAL HERBERT ARTHUR JONES CBE (1894-98) – excelled at athletics and cricket at the College and went on to win Cambridge Blues for both. He had an illustrious Army career. Afterwards he became a director of Imperial Tobacco and chairman of Campbell, Praed & Co (brewers). I assume he was awarded his CBE for his contribution to industry rather than his Army service.

JOHN CECIL GEORGE COSSEY (1896-99) - like Stanley Walker (1893-98) he was a locomotive engineer, but based with Coupler and Engineering Co in Wolverhampton. He was the author of a number of patents applied to locomotives and railway rolling stock. Member of the Institute of Locomotive Engineers.

SPENCER PELHAM FLOWERDEW CBE VD (1894-99) - 7th brother of Lt Gordon Muriel Flowerdew VC (1894-99). Chartered Civil Engineer, who rose to become Chief Engineer of both Indian State Railway and Northern Nyasaland Railways – built railway from Blantyre to Lake Nyasa (Malawi). Was awarded CBE in 1936. Was also awarded the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Officers Decoration (VD for short). President of SOF in 1939.

CAPTAIN CHARLES BAILLIE TIDMARSH OBE (1895-1901) - Served in Wiltshire Regiment during WW1. Then became Assistance Director in the Ministry of Food in 1918-19 and was awarded OBE in 1920. Became a fellow of RICS and was Estate surveyor for LNE Railway from 1939 to 1944.. He was a Vice President of the SOF. Died in 1961.

LEO ALFRED FULLAGAR MBE (1900-01) - engineer; worked for a number of companies, rising to Consulting Engineer. Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Institute of Locomotive Engineers and The Royal Institute of Great Britain. Died in 1964.

ROBERT BOULTER CMG OBE (R1897-1901) - he spent his entire career in the Civil Service, rising from the British Consular Service in Japan in 1907 to Economic Adviser to the High Commissioner in New Zealand in 1945. He was made a CMG in 1923 and on 1 January 1946 he was awarded the OBE “For services to HM Government in New Zealand during the War.” He died in 1973.

REV CANON ARTHUR RUPERT BROWNE-WILKINSON MC (1901-02) - during WW1 he served in the Army Chaplains Department and was awarded the Military Cross on 1 February 1919. After the war he held a number of religious posts, including Canon of Chichester. On Good Friday 1928 he became the 1st OF to broadcast on the radio, when he appeared in the Children’s Service. His son is Baron Browne-Wilkinson who was a QC, PC and Senior Lord of Appeal until 1998.

ALBERT CROSSLEY DODD ISO MBE (1900-03) - rose to chief Executive Officer in Civil Service. Was awarded Imperial Service Order in 1947 and the MBE.

CHARLES WHITFIELD KING (1901-03) – a renowned philatelist and head of Whitfield King & Co. of Ipswich. His firm’s premises were said to be the largest in the world entirely devoted to stamp dealing. Died in Ipswich on 31 May 1944 at the age of 56.

SIR HENRY GEORGE CRABBE RIVETT-CARNAC (1901-03) - 7th baronet., succeeding his father in 1932. He served in Burma Police.

SQUADRON LEADER JOHN L LUNTLEY (1902-03) - served in both WW1 and WW2 in the RFC/RAF. He was a journalist for more than 40 years with Northcliffe Press and Amalgamated Press, working on Daily Mail, The Times and the Continental Daily Mail.

GORDON JEUNE WILLANS MBE (1895-1904) - talented at the College and went on to Cambridge, before returning to teach at the College from 1908 to 1912. Civil Servant. Awarded MBE in 1920, but no details for what. He is also credited with writing the School Song!

RICHARD CHARLES ALEXANDER CAVENDISH KPM (1897-1904) - was Assistant Commissioner of Police in Nigeria. Awarded King’s Police Medal in 1927. Died in 1941 in Nairobi.

HERBERT GORDON LANG OBE KPM (1903-04) - rose to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in the Indian Police and in 1925 was awarded King’s Police Medal and 1931 the OBE.

SIR FREDERICK MINTER GCVO JP (1901-1904) - Civil Engineer born in 1887 and died in 1976. Published a book in 1925 entitled “The King’s beasts : St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle”. Past President of SOF and personally donated 2 hard tennis courts, squash court and rifles to the College.

ERNEST EDMUND FRESSON OBE (1901-1905) – pioneering aviator, who’s airline was given the first UK domestic Airmail contract by the Post Office. His runways at Stornoway are acknowledged as the first runways in Britain. His airline eventually became part of what is today, British Airways.

ERIC CECIL “GORDON” ENGLAND (1904-06) – pioneering aviator who in 1909 he set a record by remaining in the air for 58 seconds. After the war his interest turned to motor racing and he made and sold a series of cars based on the Austin 7. He co-piloted one of his own cars in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans, but failed to finish. In 1945 he unsuccessfully contested the Bury St Edmonds seat in the General Election.

FRANK BERNARD SPEAKMAN MBE (1905-07) - he was a farmer all his life, was founder member of the Malden Branch of the National Farmers Union, a Vice Chairman of the Essex Farmers Union, local Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute and a former Chelmsford Rural District councillor for 14 years. He was awarded an MBE for services to farming in 1973. He died in February 1975.

JOSEPH GARDNER DREW OBE (1904-11) - qualified as a solicitor and became Town Clerk of Brighton. Was a member of many civic boards and committees. He was awarded the OBE in 1943.

MAJOR JOHN GILBY BULLEN OBE (G1903-13) – he was probably one of the College’s most brilliant scholars. He went to Oxford both before and after WW1. Then went to Lachaber in Scotland where he set up a small aluminium company and for which he was awarded the OBE in 1953. Died in 1987 at the age of 102.

FRANK OTTO ZIEGELE (K1910-17) – he served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during WW1. In 1920 he went to Singapore and became an East India merchant’s manager. During WW2 the Japanese interned him for 3.5 years. Despite living in Singapore, he gave in excess of £60,000 to the College, which was used to build the new Kerrison boarding house and his name lives on in Ziegele House and the Ziegele Centre.

RICHARD EDMOND GRAY (1911-19) – he has his place in the history of aviation for his pioneering work in the development of modern air traffic control, during WW2. He was also involved in the establishment of the first transatlantic radio telephone system. After the war he spent the rest of his working life in America, researching the propagation of electromagnetic waves. He retired to Thorpeness in Suffolk. He never married and died in 1999.

GEOFFREY WILLIAM PRESTEN MBE (1917-20) - chartered electrical engineer; general manager, Copper Development Association. Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. No details on MBE.

ERIC THOMAS BAILEY BEM (1919-20) - after a very impressive sporting career at the College he became a farmer. During WW2 he served in the Police. He was awarded the BEM, but it is unclear when and why he was awarded this decoration.

LT COMMANDER BASIL FRANKLIN DYSON CBE (S19-20) - was assistant Naval Attache in the British Embassy in Rome, before becoming an oil company executive. He was awarded CBE in 1962 and died in 1992.

BERNARD RALPH WILSON (1919-21) - Editor and Chairman of East Anglian Daily Times and President of Suffolk County Amateur Athletic Association. Died in 1985.

CAPTAIN DOUGLAS COWAN FRASER (21-22) – pioneer aviator in Newfoundland, who first flew while at Framlingham. Like Ernest Edmund Fresson OBE (01-05) his aviation company ended up being owned by British Airways.

LT COLONEL REGINALD VAUGHAN MARRIOTT MBE (K16-23) - he was right back in the undefeated football team of 1923. During WW2 he served in Royal Army Services Corps and was mentioned in dispatches. He worked at the Bank of England and was awarded an MBE, but not further details available. He died on 13 June 1978.

RICHARD BROOM HARLAND OBE (G25-28) - a farmer and director of a number of companies. President of Rhodesian Tobacco Association, Chairman of Tobacco Research Board of Rhodesia (1953-65) and Vice-Chairman of Tobacco Export Promotion Council (1958-64). He was awarded his OBE on 1 January 1964 for services to agriculture.

LT COLONEL PERCY SAMUEL CHARLES ELLIS CBE OBE TD (R25-30) - during WW2 he was awarded the OBE in 1946 and the American Bronze Star. Later as a member of the TA he was awarded the Territorial Decoration. In business he was a managing director and deputy chairman of a number of packaging companies and was awarded the CBE.

FREDERICK GILBERT JERREY (S26-31) – he was the proprietor of Emmett's in Peasenhall, Suffolk, a business started by his father before WW1. It became famous for its sweet pickling of Suffolk hams and was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen Mother in 1976. He was succeeded in the business by his son Nigel (S59).

PHILIP RALPH AUSTIN-SPARKES (30-33) - after leaving the College he joined the RAF, but tragically died in an air accident in February 1938 at the young age of 21. In his will he left a quarter of his estate to the SOF, which was used to acquire the land on which Kerrison and Garrett boarding houses are sited. Also a field was purchased to the east of the College adjacent to New Road. In thanks the Governors annually award the Austin-Sparkes prize in his memory.

COLONEL JOHN PATRICK DAVEY OBE TD DL (G36-40) – on leaving the College was articled to Chartered Accountants in Colchester, but WW2 intervened and he finally qualified in 1950. D-Day plus 1 saw him in the Normandy invasion from where he fought through into Belgium, Holland and finally to Hamburg. In due course he became senior partner at Scrutton, Goodchild and Sanderson in Ipswich. He joined the TA and rose to full Colonel and was awarded the OBE in 1989. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk. He was a Vice President and auditor of the SOF for many years.

DEREK SPICE OBE (K36-40) – was connected with the airfreight industry for 27 years and from 1974 to 1983 he was Executive Chairman of the Pandair Group. He was also chairman of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés or in English International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations). He was awarded the OBE in the 1984 New Year Honours List and it was presented to him by the Queen, for “services to the airfreight industry”.

CAPTAIN BERNARD OLIVER TICKNER MBE (1937-40) – was Chief Brewer at Greene King and introduced Abbot Ale. His other great passion was horticulture. At his home, Fullers Mill, he developed a wonderful garden, which is open to the public and he donated Lackford Lake to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He also bred a unique species of Euphorbia called ‘Red Wing’. In June 2017 he was awarded the MBE for services to Horticulture and to Wildlife Conservation in Suffolk.

JOHN DOUGLAS WADDELL (R39-46) – after various jobs at Eastern Daily Press, New Chronicle and Daily Express, he joined the Ford Motor Company and eventually became Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs and a member of the board. In retirement he was involved in the publication of The Second Sixty Years and Remembered Days. He also edited the Old Framlinghamian magazine and more recently produced Their Swords are in Your Keeping.

ANTHONY ROSEN (S40-48) – farmer, army pilot, ocean racer, farming innovator, chairman and board member - and agent provocateur when necessary - of our agricultural institutions, as well as land companies from Britain to California and New Zealand. He was an adviser to many governments including Iran and Algeria and a professional journalist.

LEN EVANS OBE AO (G42-48)- Known as the "Godfather of Australian wine". I also like the quote from Nicholas Faith’s book “Australia’s Liquid Gold” that Len was blessed with “ a golden tongue, a great palate, and as a doctor said, a genius of a liver.”

RT REV GEORGE EDWARD DAVID PYTCHES (K44-48) - became Anglian Bishop of Chile, Boliva and Peru in 1972 and then on returning to the UK in 1977 he met up with John Wimber from California which inspired him to found “New Wine” which has gone on to organise huge conferences around the world. He retired in 1996 but has continued publishing many book.

JOHN GORE HAZELWOOD CBE (R43-53) – had a distinguished career with Unilver and Birds Eye Walls and has been involved with many organisations. He was awarded the CBE in the 1994 New Year’s Honour for services to training. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire .

ERNEST JOHN ROBIN LUDLOW TD (R46-49) – he was the Queen's Press Secretary from 1972 to 1973. He dealt with a number of state visits both home and abroad as well as with the funeral of the Duke of Windsor. He was also there leading up to the engagement of Princess Anne to Mark Philips.

ANGUS CUNDEY (G50-54) – Chairman of Henry Poole & Co, a very distinguished family owned tailors in Savile Row, London. Clients have included Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Napoleon and Winston Churchill. In Janaury 2013 was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade by HRH Princess Anne. In October 2019 James Sherwood published a book on the history of Henry Poole & Co : The Founding Tailor of Saville Row" with much help from Angus Cundey and his family.

GERALD ARCHER GARNETT (R50-54) – He qualified as a chartered secretary and, in due course, became company secretary of Rank Hovis McDougall PLC and, following its takeover, deputy secretary of Rexam PLC, formerly Bowater PLC. He is one of only a few OFs to become Master of a City of London livery company, in his case the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers. In the 1960s/70s he played in and administered the OF squash side in matches in London and participation in the Londonderry Cup.

JOHN GEOFFREY THURLOW (K48-55) – since leaving the College has been employed by the family firm of George Thurlow & Sons. He took over the running of the Business in 1968 when his Father died. He is now Chairman of the Holding Co. George Thurlow & Sons (Holdings) Ltd. John was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk in 2003. He is also a Past President, Chairman & Hon. Director of the Suffolk Agricultural Association. He is also a Governor of the College.

DAVID ROBIN RITCHIE SUMMERS OAM (G48-56) – after leaving the College qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. He was involved in numerous major projects in Australia, including the redevelopment of Parliament House, Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour Casino. On 26 January 2008 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for “Service to the Construction Industry, particularly in the field of quantity surveying and through leadership of professional bodies”.

CHRISTOPHER GILBERT SNEATH MBE C ENG FCIBSE FCGI FCIPHE Hon SoPHE (K51-56) – he has had a distinguished career in the building engineering, heating, ventilating and allied industries, including being Chairman of the Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance. The company that he ran looked after all the Royal Palaces in London including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. In 2010/11 he was Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honour list for “chairman, Watersafe, for services to the plumbing and heating industry”.  In 2019 he was awarded awarded the St Michael Medallion by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’.

JOHN KERR MBE (G53-56) – he was Chairman of the Farmers’ Club in London and set up one of Suffolk’s most popular family attractions, Easton Farm Park. He was also President of the Suffolk Show. He also served as High Sheriff of Suffolk. His other great passion is Ipswich Town Football Club, where he has been a director since 1983 and was Chairman from 1991 to 1995.

DAVID McMILLAN (K54-58) – appointed Chief Executive of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) on 3 January 2005. IHRA is the only global business organisation representing the hospitality industry worldwide.

BRIAN HECTOR POTTER MBE (R55-58) - he was always destined to join the family leisure business – Potters Leisure Resort hear Great Yarmouth. In 2005 Brian was awarded the “Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award” for more than 50 years at the helm. However, he is also equally well known for his investment in indoor bowls and for many years the resort has hosted the annual World Bowls Championships. In recognition of all his work for tourism he was awarded an MBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

IAN ASHLEY HOWARD MBE (S57-62) – after working for the Foreign Office in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands, he was sent to the New Hebrides in 1971. He was awarded the MBE, along with the Queen's Medal in the New Hebrides and the Vanuatu Independence Medal, on the occasion of the celebration of the independence of the New Hebrides. Subsequently he has worked for the Hong Kong Government and more recently run his own consultancy there.

BRIGADIER ANDREW FREEMANTLE CBE (S58-62) – appointed Director/Chief Executive of RNLI in 1998. Prior to that he had a distinguished army career, which led to the awarding of his MBE. He is one of the very few Brits to have served in Vietnam. He was awarded the CBE in 2007.

MARK CREASY (G55-63) – after studying mining technology he went to Western Australia, where he spent 25 years prospecting with pick, shovel and pan. In 1994 he struck it rich to the tune of £84m.

MIKE WALDREN QPM (K61-64) – joined the Metropolitan Police and rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent in charge of the Metropolitan's Firearms Unit in its totality. In 1999 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List. He retired from the Police Service in March 2000. Since then he has acted as an Independent Consultant and his latest book is Armed Police: The Police use of Firearms Since 1945. In 2010 he was appointed as the resident police firearms historian for the Police Firearms Officers Association.

TONY MEGGS CB (K63-70) – had a career in the petroleum industry more and lately as a civil servant.  He worked for BP for many years. He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority in the Cabinet Office in mid-2015, before becoming the Infrastructure and Projects Authority from 1 January 2016, reporting to both Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and Head of the Government’s Project Delivery Function. He became Chairman of Crossrail Limited on 14th January 2019 and was was awarded a CB in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition for his commitment to public service.

JONATHAN PATRICK ADAIR ADNAMS OBE (S65-73) – he is executive chairman of Southwold-based Adnams brewery and was a member of Southwold's lifeboat crew for 28 years. He became Chairman in 2006 after becoming a member of the board in 1988. In the 2009 New Years Honours List he was given an OBE for corporate social responsibility.