May 2016: people

Reverend John Sapte

Along with George Cubitt, John Sapte was one of the founders of Cranleigh School, an idea which surfaced at a breakfast meeting in Guildford in 1862. He came to Cranley (as it was then spelt) as a 25-year-old in 1846, remaining its rector for 60 years. In 1847 he masterminded the building of Cranleigh’s first school and in 1859, with Dr Albert Napper (subsequently the School’s first doctor) he set up the village hospital, the first cottage hospital in the country.

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David Elliott

A conscientious objector at the start of World War Two, he changed his mind, joined the army and won the Military Cross and bar. On being demobbed – by which time he was a major – he returned to run the family farm at Whipley Manor and involved himself wholeheartedly in the local community. He served on the governing bodies of Cranleigh and St Catherine’s for more than 40 years

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Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes appeared regularly on TV as well as in films, where his swarthy looks invariably saw him cast as a villain, but he is probably best remembered for his role as The Master in Dr Who which he played from 1981 to 1989

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Gerald Turner

Gerald Turner has been employed by the School on a permanent basis since 23rd November 1963. He initially worked in the Catering and Domestic departments, and at some point moved to the Works department where he still works today.

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Andrew Roberts

The third generation of his family to be educated at Cranleigh, Andrew Roberts has won numerous literary awards, with his most successful offering, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, which was published in 2009 and which reached No.2 on the Times best-seller lists. He has also contributed to more than 30 books as well as numerous newspapers and magazines in Europe and the USA

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Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger was the high-profile editor of The Guardian for 20 years. Under his tenure the newspaper won a number of awards, while he drove through a radical modernisation programme, putting it at the forefront of the digital revolution

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