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Old School Ties

Updated on October 28, 2014

Public school ties - Badges of honour, or pain in the neck?

Is your school tie here?

Most Public schools that still honour the formal tie are featured here. Remind yourself of you old school colours.

How often do you wear it?

Why not boast about your education for a change. The "reserved and modest" Englishman may once have been one of our more subtle strengths, but in this increasingly combative world, maybe a touch of "if you've got it, flaunt it" now wouldn't go amiss.

Do you need to replace it?

Perhaps your old school tie has a few too many gravy or ink stains to do you full justice at school reunions or dinners.

Who else wears one?

Find out which famous personalities you shared an ink-spotted textbook, or pencil sharpener with.

How many Victoria Crosses were awarded to your school?

Do you really know how brave your schoolmates were? It wasn't just the playing fields of Eton that forged the best and bravest of our land; it was the corridors, the classrooms and the studies of Harrow, Wellington, Clifton and dozens of other modest schools, which won for Britain its much vaunted epithet of "Great".

Be proud to have been educated in Great Britain; it's one of the few areas of excellence where we still lead the world.

Ampleforth

Basil, Cardinal Hume (1923-1999), Abbot of Ampleforth Abbey, 1963-1975, and Archbishop of Westminster, 1975-1999

Rupert Everett (born 1959), actor

Julian Fellowes (born 1949), actor and writer

Antony Gormley (born 1950), sculptor

Colonel Sir David Stirling (1915-1990), founder of the SAS

Lawrence Dallaglio (born 1972) England rugby player

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 1

Blundells

John Wyndham, author whose work included The Day of the Triffids

Sir Christopher Ondaatje, author and donor to the Labour Party

Ben Collins, Formula 3 racing driver and the infamous Stig

Bampfylde Moore Carew, rogue and imposter

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 1

Charterhouse

Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1859-1941)

Field Marshal Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd (1871-1947),

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958),

Robert Graves (1895-1985),

David Dimbleby (born 1938),

Peter Gabriel (born 1950),

Jeremy Paxman (born 1950),

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 3

Cheltenham College

Edward Adrian Wilson, polar explorer, died with Robert Falcon Scott in 1912.

Rageh Omaar, BBC world affairs correspondent, now with Al Jazeera

Tom Scudamore, jockey, son of Peter Scudamore

Lindsay Anderson, film director, shot the 1968 film If.... chiefly at Cheltenham College

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 14

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Clifton College

Michael Middleton (b.1949), father of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Sir Roger Hollis, journalist, secret-service agent and director general of MI5

John Cleese, Monty Python actor.

A. E. J. Collins, cricketer, world record holder (highest individual score as batsman)

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 8

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Dulwich College

Bob Monkhouse, comedian: 42-45 (expelled)

Rupert Penry-Jones (born 1970), actor: 82-89

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), writer: 1900-1905

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), writer: 1894-1900

C.S. Forester (1899-1966), writer: 15-16

Sir Henry Cotton (1907-1987), top professional, three-times winner of Open Championship.

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 7

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Eton

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Ian Fleming (1908-1964), novelist; George Orwell (1903-1950), novelist; Guy Burgess (1911-1963), intelligence officer and double agent;

Hugh Laurie (born 1959), actor and comedian; Boris Johnson (born 1964), Mayor of London and journalist; David Cameron (born 1966), Prime Minister of the UK 2010-; Sir Matthew Pinsent (born 1970), oarsman; HRH Prince William of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge (born 1982).

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 37

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Felstead

Richard Cromwell (1626-1712), Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland & Ireland 1658-59, son of Oliver Cromwell Snr.

Derek Pringle (b. 1958), English Test cricketer

Kenneth Kendall (b. 1924), British broadcaster

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 2

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Glenalmond

Robbie Coltrane - actor

Sandy Gall - former ITN newscaster

HM Bateman, Cartoonist

Michael Rodd - TV presenter

Glenalmond boys have won three Victoria Crosses, the last being the only VC awarded to the RAF in North Africa during the second world war. This was to 26 year old Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm for an attack on December 4th 1942. His was amongst the last of 10 Blenheim bombers to be shot down whilst pressing home an attack on an enemy airfield in Tunisia against overwhelming forces (50 German fighters). Wing Cdr Malcolm was awarded a postumous VC in 1943 for his decision to proceed with the attack despite knowing it would ''court almost certain disaster.''

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Haileybury

Alan Ayckbourn, dramatist

Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory

Clement Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee

Sir Stirling Moss

Dom Joly, comedian and journalist

Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 17

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Harrow

Sir Winston Churchill, Conservative Prime Minister of the U.K., Nobel Laureate

Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India

Anthony Trollope, novelist

Sir Cecil Beaton, photographer and costume designer

Benedict Cumberbatch, actor

James Blunt, musician

Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher

Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 19

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Lancing

Sir Tim Rice, lyricist

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), novelist

Jamie Theakston, TV and radio presenter

Trevor Huddleston (1913-1998),

Jan Morris, author and journalist

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Malvern

Monty Don, BBC television presenter

Denholm Elliott, actor

Jeremy Paxman, journalist, broadcaster, author

Dominic Sandbrook, historian, author and journalist

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Marlborough

Anthony Blunt, art historian and communist spy; William Morris, artist and writer; John Betjeman, poet; Siegfried Sassoon, poet; Chris de Burgh, musician; James Mason, actor; Rab Butler, statesman; Sir Nigel Gresley, steam locomotive engineer; Mark Phillips, Olympic horseman and former husband of Anne, Princess Royal; Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury; Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent; HRH Princess Eugenie of York, daughter of HRH The Duke of York; HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 13

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Merchant Taylors

Donald Coggan - Archbishop of Canterbury, 1974-80

Titus Oates - (1665-1666, expelled)

Michael McIntyre - comedian

Reginald Maudling - politician

Lynn Chadwick - sculptor, his work 'The Beast' adorns the school grounds

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 3

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Oakham

Matthew Macfadyen, actor

Stuart Broad, cricketer

Lewis Moody, rugby union player

Ronald Light, defendant in the Green Bicycle Case

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Oundle

Sir Peter Scott, conservationist and painter

Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and science writer

Sir Alan Budd, economist

Bruce Dickinson, singer in Iron Maiden

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 3

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Radley

Peter Cook, comedian.

Ted Dexter, cricketer.

Richard Gibson, Actor, best known as Herr Flick in the BBC series 'Allo 'Allo!.

Desmond Llewelyn, actor best known for playing Q in many James Bond films.

Andrew Motion, poet and former Poet Laureate.

Andrew Strauss, cricketer (Current England captain.)

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Rugby

Rupert Brooke, English poet

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, famous for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Neville Chamberlain, politician and former Prime Minister

William Webb Ellis, the credited inventor of rugby football

Chris Brasher, Olympic gold medalist in the steeplechase at the 1956 Summer Olympics, co-founder of the London marathon and pace setter in Roger Bannister's world record mile

Harry Paget Flashman, fictional Victorian anti-hero, originally created by author Thomas Hughes in his semi-autobiographical Tom Brown's Schooldays

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Sherborne

Alan Turing OBE FRS, mathematician and instrumental figure at Bletchley Park

Hugh Bonneville, actor

Jeremy Irons, actor

Jon Pertwee, actor

Nigel Dempster, journalist

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 5

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St Paul's

Pepys, Samuel (1633-1703); civil servant and diarist

Johnson, Samuel English political writer

Parsons, Nicholas (born 1923); actor and television presenter

Freud, Sir Clement (1924 - 2009); writer, broadcaster and politician

Korner, Alexis (1928-1984); blues musician

Miller, Dr Jonathan (born 1934); theatre and opera director

Snow, Dan (born 1978); journalist & television presenter

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 3

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Stowe

Leonard Cheshire VC (airman and founder of the Cheshire Foundation)

Chelsy Davy (Girlfriend of Prince Harry)

Michael Grade (TV executive)

George Melly (jazz singer & art historian)

Christopher Robin Milne (son of A.A Milne)

David Niven, (actor)

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 2

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Tonbridge

Bill Bruford, Drummer for Yes, King Crimson and others (musician)

Sir Colin Cowdrey, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge (1932-2000), Kent CCC and England cricketer and cricket administrator

William Sholto Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside GCB, MC, DFC, Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain

Frederick Forsyth, novelist

Chris Hollins - BBC Breakfast sports presenter, son of footballer John Hollins

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 2

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Wellington College

Patrick Head, co-founder of the Williams Formula One team

James Hunt, F1 World Champion

Rory Bremner, British impressionist and comedian, noted for his political satire

Sir Christopher Lee, film actor

Will Young, British singer and actor

George Orwell, author whose works include Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, British army commander during World War II

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 15

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Westminster

Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), architect and scientist, co-founder of the Royal Society

A. A. Milne (QS) (1882-1956), author and journalist

Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000), actor and director

Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), actor, writer, director and raconteur

Helena Bonham Carter (born 1966: 1982-1984), actress

Nick Clegg (born 1967), Liberal Democrat leader, MP for Sheffield Hallam, Deputy Prime Minister

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 7

Arthur Martin-Leake, a pupil at the school; was one of only three people to be awarded the VC and BAR ( That is a second VC )

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Winchester

Lord Alfred Douglas, poet and companion of Oscar Wilde

Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, Battle of Britain commander

Tim Brooke-Taylor, comedian

Geoffrey Howe, Lord Howe of Aberavon, Conservative politician

Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the Labour Party

Sir Oswald Mosley, fascist leader

VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED: 6

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