The OD - Issue 1 - page 25

2011 · iSSuE 1
Augusta Aiken
was selected to
run for Yorkshire in the English
Athletics Championships. She was
in the bronze medal winning eight
at Henley Regatta, and stroked the
four which won the silver medal
at the Ghent Junior International
Oli Fletcher
coxed the Great Britain
4 and 8 under 18 squads to gold
medals in the
Coupe de la Jeunesse
(European Championships) in
Vichy in July, 2009.
Anatole Sloan
won the Young
Landscape Photographer of the
Year in 2008, in the ‘Classic View’
Maddie van Oss
is in the Great
Britain fencing team.
In 2010,
Hamish Atkinson
selected to row for Great Britain in
the 1st Eight.
Emma Cadoux-Hudson
have both been selected to
row for Great Britain.
James Dawson
completed the Ten
Tors Challenge in 2009.
Alex Hearne
was selected to play
cricket for the England U15 team in
2009. This led to his playing for the
English Schools Cricket Association
team against the MCC at Lords in
Parker Liautaud
spent his 2010
Easter holidays skiing the 20 miles
from the Barneo Ice Station in the
Arctic to the North Pole, to raise
awareness of climate change.
Anastasia and Rupert Chitty
both selected to row for Great
Britain in 2010.
At only 13,
Daniel Kaye
awarded a black belt in karate, one
of the youngest exponents in the
country to have achieved this.
Georgina Todd
is playing tennis
on the international circuit and is
ranked in the top 30 in Britain for
her age group.
Ed Grogan
Freddie Illingworth
their teammates fromMagdalen
College School, won the finals of
the National Maths Challenge with
a score of 49 out of 50.
Hugh Disney (OD 1931)
Hugh Disney was born in Chorleywood,
Hertfordshire on 9 July 1917. Following his
education at the Dragon and Winchester
College, he went on to Brasenose College,
Oxford where he read Chemistry. He was
a football Blue and learnt to fly with the
University Air Squadron.
Commissioned into the RAF Volunteer
Reserve in 1938, Hugh was called up at the
outbreak of war in 1939. Along with his
three brothers, he followed his father into
the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot in No. 10
Squadron. He flew on convoy and anti-
submarine patrols over the North Sea and,
after two years of continuous operations, was
mentioned in Dispatches.
After the War, Hugh left for Ceylon and
later worked on the government of India’s
establishment committee in the lead up to
partition. He returned to the UK where he
worked for NATO, drawing up plans for
maritime command. Between 1957 and
1963, Hugh worked in Australia, Hong
Kong and Malaysia, before retiring from the
RAF. He was awarded an OBE and the Air
Efficiency Award. During his later career he
worked in the publishing and printing trade
for 16 years.
Hugh Disney married in 1942, his first
wife, Eira, who passed away in 1974. In 1979,
he married his second wife, Mavis; she died
in 2004. Hugh is survived by a son and three
daughters from his first marriage.
Grace Hadman (OD 2004)
Grace Hadman was born in Leicester in
June 1991. She grew up in Bangalore before
moving to Lower Swell, near Stow-on-the-
Wold, in 1999. She died tragically in April
2009, aged 17.
After joining the Dragon School as a
boarder in 1999, Grace became popular
with staff and pupils and excelled in all areas
of school life. With a particular talent for
sport, Grace swam for Oxfordshire, gained
her swimming colours and won a silver
medal in the IAPS National Swimming
Championships. A strong rower, Grace
represented the Dragon and won two Ergo
cups. She later went on to row in the Schools
Nationals for St Edward’s, Oxford. Grace
consistently played in the first teams for
hockey, netball, tennis and rounders, and
twice won the most improved player award.
Grace’s academic achievements were
also admirable, enabling her to win an All-
rounder Rotherfield Award to St Edwards.
Whilst at Teddies, she became the school’s
netball captain, prepared the winning entry
for her house in a singing contest, and was
Head Sacristan at the school chapel. Grace
loved maths and biology and had a passion
for music, playing piano, flute and harp.
One of the lasting memorials to Grace
will be her artwork. A print, featuring a
free-spirited butterfly escaping from a
collection of insects pinned to a board, is
being sold in aid of two charities in which
Grace was involved: The African Children’s
Fund and Building Futures. Her family hopes
to reproduce further artwork on a range
of products such as diaries, postcards and
wrapping paper.
According to her mother, Carol: “Her
art means she’s still around, going forward
and contributing”. Her father, Bill, and three
older brothers Robert, Jasper and William
are all ODs.
Hugh Woodcock (OD 1938)
Hugh Elborough Parry Woodcock was born
in Hampshire on 9 February 1925. He was
educated at the Dragon and St Edward’s,
Oxford, before enlisting with the Royal Navy
as a Flight Direction Officer.
After World War II, he went up to
Trinity College, Oxford, to read History. He
subsequently taught English, History and
Maths at the Dragon between 1948 and 1953
and was Assistant Housemaster to Joc Lynam
in School House. He went on to be appointed
Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar Junior
School while still only in his twenties.
Hugh spent 29 years as Headmaster at
Dulwich College Preparatory School where
he was a central figure of the Incorporated
Association of Preparatory Schools, serving
twice as its Chairman. After his retirement
from Dulwich, he served as an interim
Headmaster at the Dragon between 1992 and
In retirement, Hugh Woodcock enjoyed
golf and kept abreast of developments in his
beloved game of cricket. Having just watched
the cricket world cup final on television, on 2
April 2011, he passed away. His wife Bridget,
also a central figure around the Dragon, and
his two sons and two daughters, survive him.
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