Old Bromsgrovians Past & Present
Former Pupils of Bromsgrove School.
Arthur Chaytor Pepper (left) and John Rupert Wilson (right) on a yacht in the late 1920s. Pepper served as an officer in the Royal Flying Corps, was shot down and made a prisoner of war. Wilson served as an officer in the Royal Sussex regiment. In 1932 he tragically committed suicide. It was believed that he never recovered from his experiences in the war.
Captain Eustace Jotham V.C. Old Bromsgrovian. Photographed 1913 (approx) wearing uniform of the 51st Sikhs FF. Died Waziristan January 1915 trying to save the life of one of his men, surrounded and overcome by tribesmen. Victoria Cross awarded posthumously. V.C. now in possession of Bromsgrove School.
Spencer Robert Valentine Travers, Old Bromsgrovian, Lieutenant Royal Munster Fusiliers. One of the 1911 team at the start of the season but his eye was injured in a serious laboratory accident. He and his brother, Arthur Stewart Travers, both served in the 7th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. S.R.V. Travers was killed on the 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli, shot by a sniper. He received a posthumous mention in despatches.
E.G. Edlmann, Old Bromsgrovian. Captain 1st XV in 1911, seated front row centre in photograph. Born in Florence he spoke English, Italian and German fluently. During the First World War he served with the Linclonshire Regiment and after being gassed in 1917 was transferred to the Intelligence Corps. He served again in World War 2 and in 1961 wrote 'With My Little Eye', about spies in the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
Nigel Gray Leakey, Sergeant King's African Rifles, Old Bromsgrovian. He won the Victoria Cross at Colito, Abyssinia, in 1941. Armed only with a revolver he single-handedly attacked a force of Italian tanks. His medal was awarded posthumously in 1945. Leakey was born in Kenya and a relative of Louis Leakey, the anthropologist.