Philip P B Ward (OH 1949-1952)
31/03/2006
Known as Ben whilst as at HCS, Philip moved to Canada after leaving school and attended Toronto University. After graduating he started work in the insurance industry and came top in the All-Canada examinations for insurance underwriters.

After approximately eight years in this field, he eventually entered the priesthood as part of the Anglican Church of Canada. He returned to the UK to serve as a Minister for many years, eventually returning to his adopted homeland where he was later appointed a Canon in the diocese of Fredericton, New Brunswick. He was married with three sons and eleven grandchildren, all Canadian citizens.

At HCS Ben was in School House and, according to reports at that time, was a good scholar, mainly in Mathematics but also in Classics under the legendary 'Tiger' Bell. Ben's great love was the Cathedral, where he was a regular Crucifer and also a Server. He was also a member of the School Choir.

Ben was not a games player although he shone at Fives and was quite good at Cricket. He was official First XI scorer for the team, captained by D W ( Dickie ) Richardson ( '44 - '50 ) who later played for Worcestershire alongside his older brother Peter E Richardson OBE ( OH 1942 - 1949 ) Most OH's from that era will remember that P E R eventually went on to become a world class opening batsman for England in the Fifties, something which Ben was proud to talk about at the time because Pete partnered batsmen such as Colin Cowdrey, Denis Compton and Peter May.

The above details were adapted from information submitted by John Powell Ward (1953-1955)
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