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)

With great sadness I have to report David Brancher’s recent passing aged 92. David, or Twig Brancher to fellow Sennockians, was in Fenton House during the 1940s and notably took several Gilbert and Sullivan acting and singing leading parts et al under Mr IC Cole’s direction, by then a contralto on the verge of voice-break. David retired fairly early from the British Army to start a second successful career as a university lecturer, latterly at Bristol. After my own Army service, my wife Sonia and I became residents (and still are) of historic Abergavenny where, by excellent coincidence, David and Pip Brancher also lived, and where David played a leading role in local government affairs. He will be profoundly missed by so many firm and admiring friends, God bless him. (2021)
Brigadier John Skinner (Hardinge 52)

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)