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Old Bowites

We very much hope that it will not be long before our girls achieve similar successes and add their names to the long list of successful Old Bowites.

Lieutenant-General Sir Harold Ben Fawcus, KCB, CMG, DSO, DCL, (1876-1947)

Director General of Army Medical Services (1938-41).

Major-General Kenneth Bayley, CB, CBE, DL, JP, (1903-1967)

Director of Personnel Administration at the War Office (1951-5)

Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC, LL.D (1895-1985) Corps Commander under Montgomery in the Second World War; Commander in Chief of the British Army of the Rhine 1948-9; Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, House of Lords 1946-63.

There have been three Conservative MPs:

Charles EG Emmott, MA, Oxon (1898-1957)

Sir Gilbert Longden, Kt, MBE (1902-1997)

Colonel William Fletcher-Vane, TD, DL, MA Cantab (1909-1989) who was elevated to the House of Lords as the 1st Baron Inglewood in 1964.

Sporting Old Bowites

One only has to glance at the honours boards in the Adamson Hall to see that Bow has produced a series of fine sportsmen over the decades.

Michael Philip Weston
Among many who have represented their country at sport the most illustrious is Mike Weston, JP. Michael was at Bow from 1947 until 1952 before proceeding to Durham School, where he was captain of rugby, cricket and fives. He joined Durham City’s 1st XV in 1955 and played at fly-half for Durham County from 1957, captaining the side from 1960 until 1969. He first appeared for England in 1960 and was capped 29 times. He captained the tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1963 and was again England's captain for his last two internationals in 1968. He toured twice with the British Lions and also played for the Barbarians. He also played cricket thirty times for Durham County between 1956 and 1973. The school is immensely proud of Mike Weston, whose England Rugby shirt, presented in 1961, is displayed at Bow to encourage present Bow pupils to emulate his success. Michael’s two sons, Philip and Robin, also attended Bow and Durham School, represented England at Under 18 level and went on to play professional cricket.

Barry S. Cumberlege, O.B.E., B.A. Cantab (1891-1970) played cricket for Cambridge University, Durham, Northumberland and Kent.

Robert W. Smithson, M.A. Cantab (1930 - ) captained the Northumberland County cricket side from 1959 to 1963.

David Roberts who played cricket for England Under 19's in 1990.

John W Sagar, Captain Arthur J. Dingle, Vivian Gordon Davies, Barry Cumberlege and John M. Ranson all played rugby for the full England side.

George Legard and John Adamson were England rugby trialists.

David Henderson was Formula Renault British Champion Driver in 1995.

J. Moody competed in the England Show Jumping team from 1980 to 1983.

Recent successes

Tim Stonock was selected for the final trial for the England Public Schools Cricket XI.

Aarin Yorke played rugby for the England Under-16 group against Wales.

Richard Curry played rugby for England-18 group against Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

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