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Copyright Berkhamsted School Archive 2018

December 2018

The latest book from OB Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, an autobiography entitled ‘Running Free’.


A slim volume, entitled ‘Man from the Ice’. This started life as a Year 6 English homework for the author, Mia Hickman. Encouraged by family and teachers, her story was recommended for publication in 2018. To date, Mia is the youngest writer to join this archive category.


Jill Pateman has written a history of village life and the men of the village who gave their lives in the Great War. Pages forty one to forty two, tell the story of Archibald Douglas Lerags Campbell OB Uppers, 1900. Killed in action 18th November, 1918. (Archibald is featured, bottom left on the front cover.)


These three books will join the collection ‘written by or about Old Berkhamstedians’.

Recent visitors have included a 2007 leaver, now resident in Canada and back in Berkhamsted to catch up with family and visit old stomping grounds. Enough of a change in eleven years to comment on and glad to catch up with staff, who were part of his schooldays. A group of three, joined us in November, after an enquiry about their eighth, Great Grandfather, a former Headmaster in 1685.


Former Head of History, Derek Winterbottom, got in touch, to offer memorabilia and papers and will be making contact, to arrange a visit in 2019, to deliver said items.


Groups of Year 10 boys have been visiting the Archive, to choose an item to adopt and research and several groups have been to the West Wing to carry out research for House assemblies.


Mention was made, in the last update, about the commemorative paving scheme for the recipients of the Victoria Cross. Several of the school community attended the ceremony in Hornsey to honour OB Brett Mackay Cloutman. Following on from this, an invitation to attend the Cloutman Award dinner, was extended and a party of three, were hosted at the Royal Marine barracks, Chivenor on the 29th November. Articles on both events will appear in the Old Berkhamstedian magazine.


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