Famous Old Chigwellians

​The following is only a selected list of Old Chigwellians, if you would like to suggest an addition, please contact the Development Office.

William Penn (1653) Quaker leader and founder of the State of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia. 

Prince George (1713) Son of the Chief of the Yemessee Indians.

William Cotton (1795) Governor of the Bank of England. Celebrated in his School Days for setting fire to the Headmaster’s garden.

Edward Caswell (1825) Classical scholar and writer of hymns, music master at Chigwell.

Anthony Hossack (1882-1886) England Footballer of the 1890’s.

Cdr Frank Goodhart (1893-1898) WW1 submarine commander whose submarine bore the Chigwell crest and motto. Awarded the DSO and the Legion d’honneur. Personally decorated by the Czar of Russia in the royal train for action in the Baltic. Died in 1917 saving his crew.

Sir Arthur Grimble (1898-1906) Colonial Service in the Pacific; governor of the Windward Isles and of the Seychelles; KCMG; broadcaster and author of “A Pattern of Islands” and “Return to the Islands”.

Austin Bradford Hill (1908-1916) Knighted for pioneering medical research and attributed with establishing the link between smoking and cancer.

Eric Bailey 0BE (1926-1934) Journalist, broadcaster. Colonial administrator in Nyasaland (Malawi), Ellis and Christmas Islands.

George Baker OBE CBE (1927-1934) High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea (1974-1977) and Freeman of the City of London (1980).

Douglas Ambrose OBE (1929-1936) Chemist working in industry and subsequently at the National Physical Laboratory; author of books on gas chromatography.

Evan “Sparrow” Davis (1930-1935) Policeman. Churchill’s personal bodyguard through the war years.

Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams (1941-47), Professor of Philosophy, Bedford College, later Provost of King’s College, Cambridge and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, Oxford, who was the greatest British philosopher of his era and published his first book, Morality: An Introduction to Ethics, in 1972.

Vincent Hitchcock (1942-1944) Known widely as Vincente el Ingles: leading bullfighter in Spain in the 1950s.

Sir Michael Bonallack OBE (1944-1948) Amateur golfer, Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrew’s.

Sir Ian Holm (Cuthbert) Actor. Took his 2nd Christian name as a surname.

Sir Richard Dales KCVO (1950-1961) was Ambassador to Norway from 1998-2002.

Ken Campbell (1952-1959) Actor and Director.

Clive de Boer (1951-1959) Managing Director of Harrods.

Colonel Bob Stewart (1958-67), who served first as an intelligence officer in Northern Ireland and later became the first British Commander under United Nations leadership in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995. He later became Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for two years and during that time he wrote a best selling book “ Broken Lives”. He is now MP for Beckenham and a frequent commentator on TV and radio.

Ben Shephard (1986-1993) TV Presenter.

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