Sydney Baker (School House 1946) 

I moved to the USA in 1959 and worked at the Boeing company for 39 years with an interesting successful career in aerospace. I am frequently asked what it was like to be in England in WWII- and I find myself always remembering my days at Sevenoaks. I think the history of life at Sevenoaks during WWII with all of the air activity and preparations for D-Day landings would make an interesting story. (2020)


David Brancher (‘Twig’) (Fenton 1946)

I recently celebrated my 90th birthday. Among the lunch guests was my great friend John Skinner (‘Skins’) (Hardinge 52). We reminisced about our appearance in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, with Twig as the Defendant and Skins singing and skipping about as one of the bridesmaids. (2019)

Basil Gladwell (Hardinge 1949)

I can recall the weekly parades in our air cadet uniform and a flight in a Tiger Moth at Rochester airport, which was the first time most of us actually flew. It was most exciting and a bit scary! We also had summer cadet camps at Emsworth airfield. Perhaps there are some other school cadets who could expand upon my recalled moments. That cadet background led to my call-up as airman. I continued national service as an airman – with service in Egypt and Kenya - before conclusion of my national service. I took up service in the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1953. My current status is as a retired NZ Public Servant – and enjoying it! (2019)


Basil Gladwell (Hardinge 1949)

As a New Zealand citizen since 1953, I served with the RNZAF and retired in 1982 as a Squadron Leader. I was then lucky enough to take a public service position at the Open Correspondence Institute of NZ, as registrar, and a number of other management positions, retiring in July 2010. Now an 86-year-old, I still appreciate the Old Sennockian news updates. How it has changed as a school! No more ‘boaters’ and no longer a boys’ school! (2018)