R H Field (OH 1951 - 1957)
29/08/2007
Robert came from Newport, Monmouthshire and joined the school in 1951 as a boarder in Deanery House around the time when Hoppy Hopewell was Headmaster and Harry Wardle his Housemaster.

Although he did not make a major impact academically, Robert nevertheless made up for it by taking part in most sports at that time, which included the School Boxing Team.

Robert's main interest was rowing however and he initially was a cox in the HCS Boat Club, winning the Junior Sculls Cup in 1954. He went on to gain 1st IV colours in 1955, helping to win several trophies for the school at various regattas.

As well as being a member of the School Choir, Robert was also an active member of various extra-curricular activities throughout his time at the cathedral school, which included the Debating Society, Photographic Society, Chess Club and the Jazz Appreciation Society. This latter club had just been started up by Mr H.K. Hill ( OH 1940 - 1949 ) who, after performing his National Service, had returned to HCS as a Master during Robert's time. HKH or ' Tick ' as he was known by the boys, had graduated from Cambridge with a BA ( a Late Exhibitioner - St John's College ) Like Robert, music was Tick's passion.

Robert joined the CCF and was elevated to Corporal, gaining his Certificate 'A' in shooting.

On leaving Hereford he attended Portsmouth College of Technology and eventually entered the insurance industry. He was qualified as an IFA.

He had been battling with cancer of the colon and was being treated for the disease at his local NHS Trust hospital in Kent when it was announced at the end of August 2007 that he had sadly died, aged just 66.

NB> The above entry is but a small tribute to RHF from another contemporary. The OH Membership Secretary is to await further details about his life and achievements from members of the Field family.
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