Cornwallis Reunion


Cornwallis reunion in honour of former housemaster's birthday

Around 50 Cornwallis 'Old Boys' returned to RHS to wish their former Housemaster, Ned Long a happy 88th birthday. The brainchild of Andrew Polson, with the help of the RHSA Membership Secretary, Mark Lucas managed to track down over 100 alumni from all over the world. Although sixty-eight sent their apologies, the turnout was fantastic covering over three decades. Many hadn't seen each other or returned to RHS for over 65 years.




The event started with a tour of the school followed by afternoon tea and cake in the Heritage Centre. Andrew Polson spoke of the amusing times under the care of Ned. Tommy Farr talked about the impact that Ned had on the Cornwallis Boys, when he took over from Les Burbidge. Tommy said, "Ned was a father figure, as we spent more time at school than at home." Keith Rennie toasted Absent Friends and Cmdr Ron Goddard DFC invited everyone to take part in the Loyal Toast, in naval tradition, sitting down. Ned spent the evening chatting with as many of his boys as he could, and was very surprised to hear stories about what the boys got up to, most of which Ned had no idea!

Here is a list of those who attended:

Bob Ashton 66 - 71
Howard Bailey 56 - 61
Clive Bailey 56 - 60
David Brown 62 - 68
Douglas Cornwall 67 - 68
Steve Cornwall 68 - 72
Angela Curtis
Campbell de Burgh 57 - 64
Gary Emms 63 - 65
Tommy Farr 59 - 66
David Forth 66 - 72
Martin Forth 69 - 76
Martin Frankland 70 - 75
Brian Gatward 63 - 68
David Gatward 65 - 71
Alan Gick 57 - 64
Ron Goddard 60 - 67
Maggie Good Former Staff
David Greenfield 70 - 77
Philip Hadley 60 - 68
Chris Haigh 65 - 71
Mark Jeffery-Goodwin 71 - 77
Kelvin King 63 - 70
Roland King 65 - 72
Andrew Knight 62 - 69
Sue Knight
Ned Long
Jim Loveday 59 - 64
Lee Lyons 63 - 71
Peter Martin 56 - 61
Andrew Polson 58 - 66
Nick Prideaux 69 - 76
David Quade 55 - 61
Geoff Quade 67 - 71
Philip Quade 63 - 70
Trevor Quade 67 - 71
Keith Rennie 56 - 63
Derek Rowland 71 - 76
Michael Townley 53 - 60
Margaret Townley
Philip Wake 61 - 66
Gary Watkinson 70 - 75
Claire Waugh 93 - 99
Mark Wise 70 - 76