Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

Anselm’s School was destroyed in an air raid on Central Croydon the following year, on 29th September 1940. At the College, Peter was in Raleigh and freely admitted that he was not good at any sports. He was a keen member of the CCF, then called the Corps, and won a Kittermaster Prize in 1941. After leaving Dulwich, he went to The Polytechnic, Regent Street, London, to study quantity surveying for one year, and also served in the 3rd Cadet Battalion of the Queen’s Royal Regiment in the Army Cadet Force at the same time. In 1943, he became 18, was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and volunteered for the Army. He served in the Royal Engineers in the UK, India and Burma, where he was attached to the Indian Army, until 1948. He reached the rank of Captain, and remained on the Regular Army Reserve of Officers until 1975. After leaving the Army, he returned to The Polytechnic in London to complete his quantity surveying studies, qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (Associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors [RICS]) in 1953, becoming a Fellow of the Institute in 1965. He had joined a quantity surveying practice, G.D. Walford and Partners, in their London office in 1950, becoming a partner in 1967 and senior partner in 1982. He retired from the partnership in 1989, but remained as a consultant until 1991. Peter was active in the affairs of RICS sitting on the General Council from 1988 to 1991; being on the Quantity Surveyors’ Divisional Council from 1979 to 1992, including being Vice- Chairman between 1987 and 1989, and President from 1989-90; as well as being a member and chairman of many institutional and divisional committees and working parties over a long period between 1967 and 2000. He was also a trustee and board

member of The College of Estate Management, based at Reading University from 1985 to 1999, and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2000, and a trustee and council member of Douglas Haig Memorial Homes from 1978 to 1998, including being Chairman between 1992 and 1998. He was President of the Surveyors’ Club in 1988, and was the fourth OA to have held that post, after E.S Hall in 1940, F. Leslie Preston in 1962 and E.J. Poulton in 1968. Peter was a Freeman of the City of London, as well as a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of the Athenaeum Club from 1975, including being Deputy Chairman between 1983 and 1985. He married Paulette Pearmain in 1958. They had no children but remained happily married until her death in 2005. Thereafter, he was often accompanied to Founder’s Days and other events at the College by Mrs Cay Ward, who became his companion. Peter often came to OA events to meet the dwindling band of surviving OAs from the 1939 Classical IV, who were regularly entertained by the Master on these special occasions in the school calendar. His other hobbies and interests principally included beagling, where he was Honorary Secretary of the Surrey and North Sussex Beagles between 1979 and 2006, as well as archaeology, family history and gardening. Eric Ernest Hunt, MBE [1943-47] 11.11.1929 – 30.12.2015 Eric Hunt was

Hunt, a stockbroker, and his wife Mildred, and had older brothers Norman and Donald. During the early part of the Second World War, Eric had a brief but enjoyable period as a child evacuee in Devon. He came to Dulwich College in January 1943 from Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, and was in Raleigh. While at the College, he played 2nd XV rugby and fenced for the school, and was a Sergeant in the Junior Training Corps (JTC), also enjoying school drama productions. He enlisted in the Army as soon as he left Dulwich, starting at Sandhurst the following year, where he took up polo. He passed out of Sandhurst in July 1949 and was immediately commissioned into the 13th / 18th Royal Hussars. He initially served in Cyrenaica, which is now the eastern coastal region of Libya, North Africa, before moving east into Egypt as part of the Ground Nuts operation by the Middle East Land Forces (MELF). Following that, the whole regiment was ordered to paint everything jungle green and move to Malaya. Here, the enemy were the Malayan Races Liberation Army, which was mainly made up of Chinese communists who were killing civilians and sabotaging the tin and rubber industries of Malaya. Eric was a Troop leader, and was ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ in 1953. In 1954, the regiment returned to Germany, where Eric was Regimental Signals Officer. In early 1956, he was appointed as Staff Captain in 1 (British) Corps for the Suez crisis. On his return, the regiment were still based in Germany, but in 1959 Eric went to the Staff College, Camberley, where he represented the College at fencing and left with an excellent report, earning a two-year appointment as a Major in GHQ, Far East Land Forces, in Singapore. When he

born at home in Ealing, London, as the third and youngest son to Philip


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