1900 - 1939

Sir John George Smyth VC, MC, PC

Sir John George Smyth VC, MC, PC

John ‘Jackie’ George Smyth was born in East Teignmouth, Devon, on 24 October 1893. He was educated at The Dragon between 1901 and 1907 and went on to Repton after which he trained at Sandhurst. When war broke out, Jackie’s Battalion sailed for Europe from Karachi,...

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William Leefe Robinson, VC

William Leefe Robinson, VC

William was born on the 14 July 1895 in Southern India and came to The Dragon in 1901. He returned to India with his mother, and afterwards went to St. Bees School. After travelling in France and Russia, he entered Sandhurst in August 1914. William received the...

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John Niel Randle, VC

John Niel Randle, VC

John Niel Randle, known as 'Jack' was born at Benares on the 22 December 1917 and joined The Dragon in May 1924. He went onto Marlborough and was then admitted as a Commoner at Merton College in 1936 to read Law, completing his course in 1939. This career was not to...

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Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Reuel Tolkien (OD 1937, Former Parent) joined the Dragon in 1932, before continuing his education at The Oratory School, Reading. He entered the Royal Air Force in mid-1943 and was sent to South Africa for flight training. He was commissioned into the...

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Sir William Mallalieu

Sir William Mallalieu

Sir William 'Per' Mallalieu (OD 1922) attended the Dragon between 1916 and 1922 before progressing, via Cheltenham College to Trinity College, Oxford. He was considered something of a schoolboy hero: the winner of cups for diving, gymnastics, cricket; captain of the...

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Ronald Poulton Palmer

Ronald Poulton Palmer

Ronald 'Ronnie' Poulton (OD 1903) was born in Headington, Oxford to Edward Bagnall Poulton, Hope Professor of Zoology at Oxford University, and his wife Emily Palmer Poulton. He was educated at Dragon School from 1897 to 1903, and Rugby School from 1903 to 1908 before...

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Sir Lennox Berkeley

Sir Lennox Berkeley

Sir Lennox Berkeley (OD 1912) was born in Boars Hill, Oxfordshire, and attended the Dragon from 1909 through to 1912. He went on to Merton College, Oxford, where he read French, Old French, and Philology before going to Paris to study Music. He is a British composer...

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John Betjeman CBE

John Betjeman CBE

Sir John Betjeman (OD 1920) was born in London and joined the Dragon in 1917, before being educated at Marlborough College and then Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a British poet known for his nostalgia for the near past, his exact sense of place, and his precise...

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Sir Lancelot Mallalieu

Sir Lancelot Mallalieu

Sir Edward Lancelot Mallalieu (OD 1918) known as Lance Mallalieu, was a British politician. He was educated at the Dragon School, before Cheltenham College and then on to Trinity College, Oxford. At the 1931 general election, Lance was elected as the Liberal Party...

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Sir John Mortimer CBE

Sir John Mortimer CBE

Sir John Mortimer (OD 1937), was born in Hampstead, London, he joined the Dragon in 1932 and went on to be educated at Harrow and at Brasenose College, Oxford. He began writing before he was called to the bar in 1948. Sir John was an English barrister and writer who...

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Sir John Kendrew CBE FRS

Sir John Kendrew CBE FRS

John C. Kendrew (OD 1930) attended the Dragon between 1923 and 1930 before being educated at Clifton College, Bristol (1930-1936), and then Trinity College, Cambridge in 1936 as a Major Scholar. He was a pioneer in structural biology and a catalyst for the emergence...

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