List of Old Tonbridgians Last updated June 20, 2021 Academics and scientists Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton, FRS, chemist and Nobel Laureate William Thomas Clifford Beckett, CBE, DSO (1862–1956) brigadier-general in British Army and notable civil engineer Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1917–1920)  Roland Bond, locomotive engineer Henry Burton, physician and chemist  Ian Bradley, writer, academic and theologian James Burton, Egyptologist  Owen Chadwick, Order of Merit, Vice Chancellor of University of Cambridge, Master of Selwyn Cambridge, Regius Professor of Modern History, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Chancellor of University of Anglia, President of British Academy, and a Rugby Union international John George Children, FRS British chemist, mineralogist and zoologist  Homersham Cox (mathematician), mathematician Sir John Crofton, respiratory physician and expert on treatment of Tuberculosis David Emms, teacher and rugby union player Peter Fisher, personal physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II W. D. Hamilton, devisor of Red Queen Theory Norman Heatley, the man who, having been on the team of Oxford scientists which discovered penicillin, turned it into a usable medicine Norman Gerald Horner, physician and medical journalist  R. J. B. Knight, naval historian Sir Arthur Marshall, aviation engineer Edward Nicholson, author and head of the Bodleian library Walter Fraser Oakeshott, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford Jack Ogden, archaeologist and historian focusing on the development of jewellery materials and techniques Carl Pantin, FRS, professor of Zoology, Cambridge University Colin Patterson, palaeontologist and reformer of the fossil record Sir David Randall Pye, FRS, mechanical engineer and Provost of University College London W. H. R. Rivers, Cambridge neurologist, psychologist, anthropologist and World War One psychiatrist  Sir Anthony Seldon, historian, political commentator and educationalist (current Master of Wellington College) Claud Buchanan Ticehurst, ornithologist  Ernest Basil Verney, pharmacologist and Fellow of the Royal Society Thomas Dewar Weldon philosopher Maurice Frank Wiles, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and one of the leading theologians of the Church of England E. T. C. Werner, diplomat and China scholar Actors, directors, producers & screenwriters Maurice Denham (1909–2002), prolific character actor, known for voicing all the animal characters in the animated feature and also for the part of Maigret in the 1970s radio production of that name Animal Farm Tristan Gemmill (born 1967), actor, known for playing Adam Trueman in the BBC medical drama Casualty Will Hislop, actor and comedian Ronald Howard (1918–1996) actor, son of Leslie Howard John Howlett (born 1942), screenwriter & film director, co-wrote the feature film with fellow Tonbridge schoolmate David Sherwin If.... Adrian Rawlins (born 1958), actor, known for playing James Potter in the Harry Potter film series Paul Rutman, producer and writer, including TV series Indian Summers and eight episodes of Vera Dan Stevens (born 1982), actor, known for playing Matthew Crawley in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey David Sherwin (born 1942), screenwriter, co-wrote the feature film with fellow Tonbridge schoolmate John Howlett If.... David Tomlinson (1917–2000), actor, known for playing George Banks in Mary Poppins Benjamin Whitrow (born 1937), actor, known for playing Mr. Bennett in the 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice Armed forces Clifford Thomason Beckett, CBE, MC, major-general in British Army Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, chemical weapons expert Rear Admiral David Cooke, submarine and defence procurement officer William Sholto Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside, GCB, MC, DFC, Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command after the Battle of Britain Eric Stuart Dougall, Victoria Cross, First World War Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Dowler Air Chief Marshal Sir William Elliot GCVO, KCB, KBE, DFC & Bar, ADC, RAF John Everard Gurdon DFC and bar. WW1 flying ace with 28 kills Rear Admiral Frederick Hervey, 4th Marquess of Bristol, nobleman, naval officer and Conservative politician John Holman, CBE, brigadier in British Army Squadron Leader Hilary Hood, Battle of Britain fighter pilot Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, Chief of the Imperial General Staff Edmund Ironside, 2nd Baron Ironside Major-General Sir Millis Jefferis, developer of unusual weapons during WW2 Harold Stephen Langhorne (1877–1878), brigadier-general in the British Army in the First World War James Archibald Dunboyne Langhorne (1893–1896), brigadier in the British Army Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, a brilliant soldier and notorious eccentric who captured Barcelona in the war of Spanish Succession Lieutenant-Commander Harold Newgass GC, recipient of the George Cross Wing Commander Eric James Brindley Nicolson, VC, DFC, Battle of Britain fighter pilot and recipient of the Victoria Cross Major Sandy Smith (British Army officer), awarded the Military Cross for action at Pegasus Bridge Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, KCB, GCTE, the British admiral of whom Napoleon Bonaparte said, "That man made me miss my destiny" Trevor Sidney Wade DFC AFC, Battle of Britain fighter pilot and ace Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew 'Sandy' Wilson, Former Air Member for Personnel and last C-in-C RAF Germany Robert Charles Zaehner, British academic, wartime SOE agent and post war MI6 agent Church leaders William Alexander (bishop) (1824–1911) poet, theologian and Anglican Primate of All Ireland George Austen, clergyman and father of Jane Austen Harry Blackburne , DSO MC Dean of Bristol  Gerald Brooks, Anglican Bishop Philip Stanhope Dodd, Anglican clergyman  Timothy Dudley-Smith, Bishop and hymn writer Charles Escreet, Archdeacon of Lewisham Edward Lewis Evans, Bishop of Barbados Andrew Graham, Bishop of Newcastle Sidney Faithorn Green, Ritualist clergyman John Halliburton, theologian Joseph Charles Hoare, an eminent Anglican priest in Hong Kong  Bishop Frederick Ridgeway  Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglo-Catholic clergyman prosecuted for using ritualist liturgical practices  Hugo Ferdinand de Waal, Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge and Bishop of Thetford Henry Russell Wakefield was an Anglican Bishop and author Geoffrey Warde, Anglican Bishop Kenneth Warner, Bishop of Edinburgh Cecil Wilson, Bishop of Melanesia  Politicians Austen Albu, Labour MP Geoffrey Bing, Labour MP John Bowis, former Conservative MP and MEP Iain Coleman, Labour MP Charles Conybeare, radical Liberal politician Harold Cox, Liberal MP  Sampson Gideon, later Eardley, 1st Baron Eardley, Jewish-born 18th century Tory MP, created a Baronet in 1759 while a schoolboy John Ganzoni, 1st Baron Belstead, Conservative MP The Hon. Ben Gummer, Conservative MP for Ipswich Sir Reginald Hanson, 1st Baronet, Kt, JP, DL, FSA was Lord Mayor of London and a British Conservative Party politician.  Sir Anthony Hart, Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1827-1830 Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke, Lord Privy Seal Edward Brodie Hoare, British Conservative politician Sir Norman Hulbert, RAF officer and Conservative politician Nawab Mohammad Ismail Khan, (politician), signatory to the Indian Constitution Lord Mayhew of Twysden, QC, barrister and Conservative politician Ralph Neville, Liberal Unionist politician  Sydney Olivier, 1st Baron Olivier (1859–1943), , colonial civil servant and Cabinet Minister KCMG Thomas Pelham, 1st Baron Pelham, aristocrat, Whig Party politician, father of two Prime Ministers Sir Julian Ridsdale, Conservative politician and intelligence officer George Smythe, 7th Viscount Strangford, Conservative politician Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative politician, MP for Louth & Horncastle Charles Wardle, Conservative politician Diplomats and civil servants Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, diplomat Sir Henry Mortimer Durand diplomat, former Ambassador to the United States Sir Walter Egerton, colonial governor  Sir Basil Engholm, civil servant Sir John Leahy, KCMG, British Ambassador to South Africa Sir William Marwood, civil servant Henry Thoby Prinsep, English official of the Indian civil service Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane, Clerk of the House of Commons Sir Leslie Rowan, civil servant  Sir David Trench, Governor of Hong Kong (1964–1971) David Williamson, Baron Williamson of Horton GCMG, CB, PC, Secretary General of the European Commission Charles Whitworth, 1st Earl Whitworth, British Ambassador to Paris during the treaty of Amiens Entertainers and musicians Robert Ashfield Organist of Southwell Minster and Rochester Cathedral Bill Bruford, Drummer for Yes, King Crimson and others ( musician) Justin Chancellor, bassist, Tool Tom Chaplin, Keane musician Julian Clifford, Conductor Kit Hesketh-Harvey, musician Richard Hughes, Keane musician Joseph McManners left in 2011, Singer and actor Tim Rice-Oxley, Keane musician King Palmer, composer Dominic Scott musician, founding member of the band Keane Andy Zaltzman, stand-up comedian Journalists and writers Mark Church, sports commentator Harry Cole, journalist Homersham Cox, author and county judge  Rupert Croft-Cooke, author Albany Fonblanque, journalist E. M. Forster, novelist  Frederick Forsyth, novelist Sidney Keyes, poet Christopher Reid, poet Vikram Seth, novelist Jonathan Street, novelist Ken Wiwa, journalist and author. Son of Nigerian campaigner, Ken Saro-Wiwa. William Woodfall, (at the school in 1760), pioneer of the (then illegal) practice of reporting Parliamentary debates Miscellaneous William Adams, lawyer Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, fashion designer Aleister Crowley, occultist, mystic, sexual revolutionary Ranulph Bacon, senior police officer Sir Herbert Baker, architect Murray Beauclerk, 14th Duke of St Albans Martin Beddoe, judge Sir Rupert de la Bère, 1st Baronet Decimus Burton, 19th century architect  Hugh Cecil - 1920s society photographer Gerald Cock, British broadcasting executive Julius Cowdrey, musician, reality television personality Peter Fincham, Director of TV at ITV, former Controller of BBC One Harold Gilman, painter Adrian Greenwood, historian and art dealer Sir Robert Heath, Attorney-General under King Charles I Chris Hollins - BBC Breakfast sports presenter, son of footballer John Hollins William Hughes-Hughes, stamp-collector George Percy Jacomb-Hood, artist Vikram Jayanti, documentary film maker Sir Guy Newey, Lord Justice of Appeal. Sir John Nott-Bower, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Jasper Rootham, civil servant, soldier, central banker, merchant banker, writer and poet Tim Severin, explorer Colin Smith, judge George Smythe, 7th Viscount Strangford Paul Tanqueray - society photographer Francis Thynne, herald (his father was Chaucer's editor, and Master of the Household for Henry VIII) David Trubridge, furniture designer Roger Yates, Organ builder Sportsmen John Abercrombie, cricketer David Aers, cricketer William Albertini (1913–1994), English cricketer  Mark Allbrook, cricketer and Head at Bloxham School Jonathan Arscott, cricketer and schoolmaster Randolph Aston, rugby union international who represented England  Matthew Banes, cricketer Jack Barley, cricketer James Body, rugby union international who represented England Thomas Bourdillon, cricketer William Cave, England rugby union player Sir Colin Cowdrey, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge (1932–2000), Kent CCC and England cricketer and cricket administrator C. S. Cowdrey (born 1957), Kent Glamorgan and England cricketer and broadcaster Fabian Cowdrey, Kent cricketer G. R. Cowdrey (born 1964), Kent cricketer Tom Crawford, cricketer Zak Crawley, Kent and England cricketer John Dale, cricketer  Charles Daniel-Tyssen, cricketer Jack Davies, cricketer who bowled Sir Donald Bradman out for a duck David Day, cricketer John Dew, cricketer Ben Earl, Saracens and England Rugby Union player Tom Elliott, cricketer Charles Ellison, cricketer Richard Ellison (born 1959), Kent CCC and England cricketer Edward Estridge, cricketer Thomas Francis, cricketer Peter Graham, cricketer Alexander Grimes, cricketer Johnny Hammond, rugby player  Lionel Hedges, cricketer Anthony Henniker-Gotley, England rugby union captain Alexander Hore, cricketer Mark Hickson, cricketer John Holman, first-class cricketer Maurice Holmes, cricketer C. W. H. Howard (born 1904), Middlesex CCC cricketer Frederick Hutchings, county cricketer Kenneth Hutchings, England cricketer and Wisden cricketer of the year William Hutchings, county cricketer Edward Hyde, Cambridge sportsman Nick Kemp, county cricketer Francis Luscombe (1849–1926), rugby union international who represented England and was on the first Rugby Football Union committee David Marques, England and British Lions rugby player and member of 1964 America's Cup challenger team aboard the yacht Sovereign.  James Mason (1876–1938), cricketer  Tom May, rugby union player, Newcastle Falcons and England Richard O'Grady, cricketer Marcus O'Riordan, cricketer Frank Orr, cricketer Jamie Parker, cricketer Toby Pettman, cricketer Charles Pillman , England Rugby player MC Roger Prideaux, cricketer James Pyemont, cricketer Ben Ransom, Rugby union player for Saracens Henry Reade, cricketer Henry Richardson, cricketer Septimus Ridsdale, cricketer James Rowe, cricketer Ronald Rutter, cricketer George Arbuthnot Scott, cricketer Walter Slade, (1854–1919), former world amateur record holder for the mile Noel Sherwell, cricketer James Short (rugby union), Rugby union player for Saracens. Colin Smith, cricketer E. T. Smith (born 1977), Middlesex CCC, Kent and England cricketer John Thompson, cricketer David Toft, cricketer John Vigurs, Olympic rower John Vernon (1922–1994), first-class cricketer and Royal Navy sailor Luke Wallace, Rugby player for Harlequins RFC Chris Walsh, cricketer Related Research Articles Sedbergh School is a co-educational independent boarding school in the town of Sedbergh in Cumbria, in North West England. It comprises a junior school for children aged 4 to 13 and the main school. It was established in 1525. Wellesley House School is an independent day and boarding preparatory school in the coastal town of Broadstairs in the English county of Kent. Founded in 1866, it educates boys and girls aged 3 to 13. References ↑ Clare Hopkins, Blakiston, Herbert Edward Douglas (1862–1942), in , 2004 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography doi : 10.1093/ref:odnb/31917 ↑ "Burton, Henry (BRTN821H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. 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