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Distinguished OFs

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REAR ADMIRAL ERNEST WILLIAM ROBERTS (1890-94) – as well as rising to a Rear Admiral, he also played rugby for England winning six international caps and was Captain of the England XV in 1906. Had the distinction of playing in first ever rugby match against New Zealand All Blacks.

HERBERT LANGFORD WILSON (1899) - First class cricketer who played and captained Sussex. Article includes some great photos from his grandson and great niece.

FREDERICK BARTON PRIKE (1898-1900) - was a gunmaker at RB Rodda and Co of Calcutta. He was the Indian quarter mile champion and record holder (49 seconds) and 220 yards champion and record holder (23.25 seconds) in 1906.

HORACE WALTER STEARN (1898-1900) - he was a farmer by profession but was an accomplished swimmer and hockey player. He was 7 times English long distance swimming champion and won the Eastern Counties Cup at Great Yarmouth. At hockey he appeared for English sides on the Continent. Died on 14 December 1937 aged only 51.

FREDERICK LESTER RICKABY (1903-06) - distinguished jockey who won Goodwood Cup once and the One Thousand Guineas four times in five years. Lester Pigott’s uncle! Sadly died of wounds in October 1918.

CAPTAIN GEOFFREY BENNET (1908-10) - he was one of the foremost gentleman horse riders of his time and was a leading amateur steeplechase rider. He won the Grand National on Sergeant Murphy in 1923, which was the first American bred horse to win. Sadly he died less than a year later on 13 January 1924, aged just 29, of injuries received while racing.

JOHN ROSSALL HOULDSWORTH (27-29) - he was a racing driver who competed a number of times at Donington. He was killed in a crash at Brooklands in the 1934 British Empire Trophy race on 23 June 1934. On the 31st lap, he attempted to give way to Whitney Straight at the home banking turn under the Members Bridge. He lost control, struck a straw bale and rolled twice, staying with the car. His skull was fractured and he was taken swiftly to Weybridge Cottage Hospital, accompanied by his wife. Sadly, he died there later in the day at the age of just 22.

LT COLONEL FRANK DIGBY MACKWORTH FLOWERDEW (K28-31) - a doctor by profession, he reached the semi finals of the UK Amateur Squash Racquets Championship in 1937 and 1938. He was also Kenyan Squash Racquets Champion in 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951.

WAI CHUEN CHOY (29-31) - first OF and first Chinese player to appear on centre court at Wimbledon; played for the China Davis Cup team.

HERBERT MAURICE SOAR (R24-32) - as a profession he was a Quantity Surveyor and Secretary to the Faculty of Architects and Surveyors. As a sportsman he played hockey for Richmond and Mohicans and played cricket for Richmond, Lansdown, Middlesex County Cricket Club and the MCC.

NORMAN FRANCIS BORRETT (S31-36) - As "The Times" obituary reported: "probably Britain’s most talented post-war all-round amateur sportsman who excelled nationally and internationally in hockey, squash and cricket".

JOHN PHILLIP ALEXANDER CLYMER (K33-36) - he was an accomplished golfer, starting off with the English Boys International Golf Team of 1935, followed by vice captain v Scotland in 1936. He went on to be a finalist in the Army Victory Golf Championship of 1946 and Norfolk County Golf Champion in 1947. he was also Captain of various golf clubs as well as the Norfolk County Golf Union from 1955 to 1957.

REGINAL WILLIAM (BILL) COOPER RN FRIN  (G41-46) - investment manager who turned his back on the City and went to sea for a record-breaking 30 years with his wife. His books became unexpected hits, selling hundreds of thousands and he frequently appeared on TV talking about his exploits. 

JOHN KEELL “JACK” KNIGHTS (K43-47) - he was 3 times the British Finn champion and North American Finn Champion. He won several dinghy national championships, the “Round the Island” race at Cowes and was reserve in the British Olympic yachting team of 1956. He was a respected writer including for the Daily Express. He was also associated with the London International Boat Show from its inception, for 27 years.

JEREMY JOHN MOYLE (R50-55) - he and his late brother, Nicholas Moyle (R48-53), have been the only OFs to have played rugby for Oxford or Cambridge. In 1956 they played together for the University in the same match, which is unusual if not unique. He went on to become head of the English Division at the EU and was responsible for overseeing the translation of all the other EU languages into English for the Ministers.

MICHAEL PEARSON GARNETT OAM ASM (R53-55) - life long passion for Real/Royal Tennis. Was Chief Executive of Australian Royal Tennis Association from 1994 to 1999. Has written a number of books on the subject. Member of the Australian Davis Cup Tennis Foundation since 1994 and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal (ASM) in 2001. On 13 June 2016 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List he was additionally awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for service to veterans, to tennis and to the community. 

ANDREW (ANDY) HANCOCK (S52-57) - born in 1939 at Dartford, England. He was capped 3 times for England in 1965/6 and scored 1 try – hear the commentary.

NORMAN HOWARD PORTER (K50-57) - played hockey for Scotland 12 times and was captain of Inverleith HC when they won the Scottish Cup. He is a Past President of the SOF and is currently a Governor of the College and General Secretary of the SOF.

JOHN DAVID LARTER (R51-57) - played cricket for England during 1962 to 1965 and in 2015 donated a large amount of cricketing memorabilia to the College.

ALAIN DE CADENET (K54-63) - former Le Mans driver and TV presenter for Top Gear and Speed Channel. As well as his collection of cars and motorcycles, he also owned a WW2 Spitfire. He died on 1 July 2022.

ANDREW LESLIE HARRISON (K56-58) - horse racing trainer for Sir John Musker’s stud, Roger and Vera Hue-William’s Woolton House Stud and Lord Howard de Walden’s Plantation Stud. His most famous stallions was Kris a champion miler of 1979 and 1980, which went on to sire five champions and 75 stakes winners. He died on 11 February 2007 at the age of 65.

MARTIN PEARSE (K59-63) - as well as being successful in business he is a dual International England Captain at 2 sports. He has been England Captain at Masters Squash for very many years at all age groups: 50, 55, 60, 65, and has also been Captain of England O60 Cricket since 2009 and O70 since 2016. In August 2017 he was selected to be captain of the England Over 70s tour to Australia in 2018.

JOHN GEOFFREY BIRT (S59-63) - before going into business, he played international rugby for a number of years for Hong Kong. He played against a variety of other countries including France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He lived and worked in Thailand for over 25 years before dying in 2016.

ANTHONY JOHN GERMAIN PARSONS (R61-66) - played hockey for Wales.

PETER JOHN WHITE (S57-67) - played hockey for England under 21’s and England Indoor.

JAMES CROSBIE (S60-67) - awarded 51 Hockey Caps for Scotland between 1972 and 1978

DAVID NICOLSON LOWE (S66-68) - one of the few OFs to win a Commonwealth Games medal.  This was a bronze for shooting in 1990 and it so easily could have been silver.  Also involved with the design and certification of the EH101 Merlin HM Mk1 helicopter.

IAN CONNELL (R68-73) - as well as a successful business career in retail management, he has been very successful in motor racing, winning 67 races and five Championships.

RICHARD ROWE (S65-74) - has successfully sailed round the world as part of the BT Global Challenge in 1996/7. Read his full story of that epic journey.

PETER MACFARLANE (Z73-81) - in 2013 he became one of the few people to ever complete the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail and what makes it possibly unique is that he completed this journey in a canoe that he both designed and built.

SIMON NEIL HARBY (S78-81) - has successfully motorcycled around the world with his wife. He did this to raise awareness for treatable blindness and in total they covered 70,000 miles and visited 24 countries.

MICHAEL JOHN PEGG (G77-86) - has the distinction of being the only OF known to have captained a national side at sport, apart from Ernest Robert (1890-94) and the late great Norman Borrett (S31-36). He captained the Finnish national cricket team and whilst doing so had a victory against a touring MCC XI.

NIGEL JANES (K82-89) - like Richard Rowe, he has successfully sailed round the world in 1992/3 and was in the winning boat. Read his full story taken from 1993 OF Magazines.

RICHARD DENING-SMITHERMAN (Z82-92) - in 1998 took part in the British National and British Army Nordic championships at the national centre for biathlon in Germany. In his 1st season of skiing he did well to qualify amongst 200 athletes. He came away with the senior novice champion title. He has since served in the Army and in 2006 was undertaking Triathlons.

CASPAR LEO ZAFER (S89-92) - is an actor and commercial producer living in the USA. He'd rowed at university and had long thought about some sort of endurance event - and so, when he spotted an article about a rowing race across the Pacific, he decided to investigate further. The rest is history. He put together in a scratch crew of four and won the first 2,400 mile Great Pacific Race, crossing the Pacific in a world record time of 43 days, 5 hours and 30 minutes.

ASHLEY COWAN (G88-93) - Essex Cricket

JOHN BARKER (Z84-95) AND ALEX HENNEY (Z84-95) - together with a 3rd member of the team, they have competed in the 2007 Polar Race, a 300 nautical mile race from the town of Resolute in Canada to the magnetic North Pole. Their team, called Polar Horizon, finished 2nd overall, out of the 6 teams, having taken 15 days, 32 minutes & 24 seconds to cover the 337 statute miles. They ended only 6hrs 55 minutes behind the leaders, but over 2 days ahead of 3rd place team and 5 days ahead of the 6th team.

DAVID MACAULAY (R94-99) - Rugby for Scotland (I think one of the Under 22(???) teams rather than full cap but might be wrong)

ADAM PETER WOLLEY (BH95-01) - In 2010 he cycled solo from London to Cape Town in 200 days, an amazing journey of 14,300km. Not content with that challenge, in 2011 he set off to row the Atlantic as part of a 4 man crew which completed the 2623nm in 41 days 23 hours 34 minutes. They were the youngest 4 man crew to ever cross the Atlantic. Since then he has undertaken further challenges, all raising fantastic amounts for charity.

JAMES HURLOCK (R2001-6) – although James only left the College in July 2006, he has already made a significant mark on the rugby field. After being captain of an unbeaten College side he went on to captain the England U18 XV to victory against 32 other European countries – and to cap it all they beat France in the final! When will he join Andy Hancock with a full England cap?

ROBERT IRVING NEWTON (R2003-2008) - a prolific run scorer while at the College. He made his first class debut for Northamptonshire in 2010 and on 14 September 2010 scored his maiden first class century.