Sir Dudley Smith

Reprinted from The Times of London 27 December, 2016 Dudley Smith was an enthusiastic Thatcherite until in May 1990 he dared to express dissatisfaction by using a football analogy: “Do you sack the manager or don’t you? You may have a good manager but what if the team isn’t scoring goals?” Six months later Margaret Thatcher was out of office. …

David Wood’s speech 3 December, 2016

This was written by David Wood (at the School 1954-1962) and used as the basis for his marvellous speech to Old Cicestrians at the 2016 Christmas Luncheon in Chichester.   “Chi and I …” Memories of Chichester Festival Theatre by a local schoolboy who watched the laying of the foundation stone, then, over a period of fifty years, proudly became …

George Hersee (1935 – 1941)

Hersee was a television engineer. He was born on December 29, 1924 at Loxwood near Wisborough Green.  He was educated first at the Elm Grove School, Littlehampton before obtaining a bursary to Chichester High School for Boys; he later read physics from 1942 at University College, Southampton.   After five years at EMI he joined the BBC studio installation and planning …

Bill Allen OBE (1954-1961)

I was known as Billy most of my time at the School, but now answer in the main to Bill! I was born in 1943, the product of Ron Allen (a Carpenter / Decorator) and Bridget (née McCabe) who immigrated to the UK before the war from Mullingar in the Midlands of Eire. She worked in service as a cleaner …

Roger Wardale 1947-1955

By Nancy Blackett  4 January, 2016 Hugh Brogan (Arthur Ransome’s biographer), Roger Wardale and Christina Hardyment outside the Butt and Oyster at Pin Mill at Mike Rines’ 1989 lunch to mark Nancy Blackett’s restoration. Photograph (below) by Martin Lewis. We regret that we must report the passing of Roger Wardale on 28th December, after a short illness, at the age …

S Barry Cooper 1955-1962

Sad early death of one of our most prestigious Old Boys; a mathematician who championed the cause of Alan Turing, the disgraced wartime codebreaker who has since been acclaimed as a hero. Without the tireless efforts of the mathematician S Barry Cooper, the story of Alan Turing, the brilliant but ill-starred computer pioneer and wartime codebreaker, might never have re-emerged, …

Martyn Vesey 1958 -1965

Martyn Vesey (1958-65) may be remembered for athletics and rugby during his school days. He led the school athletics team to victory in Chartres and represented Sussex schools at the English schools national athletics championships for three years.  But it was while training with the Young Olympic Athletics squad in the winter of 1964 that he incurred an injury that …

Michael Elphick 1946-2002

Elphick grew up in Chichester, Sussex, where his family had a butcher’s shop. He was educated at Lancastrian Secondary Modern Boys School in Chichester where he took leading parts in several school productions including Noah and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. According to his mother, he had hankered to be an actor since the age of 10, but, on leaving school …

Alan Arnell (CHSB 1944-1950)

Alan Arnell attended Chichester High School for Boys between 1944 and 1950. He was an outstanding schoolboy footballer and on leaving school played first for Chichester City and then for Worthing FC where he was noticed by a Liverpool scout. Centre-forward Arnell moved from Sussex amateur side Worthing to Liverpool when he was 20-years-old. As Arnell was doing his National …

Douglas Bunn

Douglas Henry David Bunn 1928-2009 Douglas Henry David Bunn was born on February 29 1928, the son of a wholesale fruiterer in Sussex. He was educated at Chichester High School from 1939 and 1946 and Trinity, Cambridge, where he played rugby for the varsity but was disappointed not to have got his “blue”. After leaving Trinity he was called to …