Congratulations to the very first recipient of the Arthur Tisdall Award, Joseph Needham! Joseph was presented with the award during the Prep School’s Prize Giving Ceremony on Saturday 25th June by talented actor and OB, Jonno Davies (01-01).

This new award is in honour of OB, Arthur St Clair Tisdall (1900-1909), who died in action in the First World War in 1915 and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry during the Gallipoli campaign. The Master of Trinity College Cambridge, where he received a double first, describes him as being “our foremost scholar … a man of generous intellectual culture and also of high ideals. He seemed made for distinction in life, and that not of the selfish kind.”

Joseph also met Arthur’s nephew, Philip St Clair Tisdall and his wife Sue, pictured to the right. Philip and Sue praised the award, saying that it is “a brilliant idea and portrays Arthur’s outlook on life perfectly”, and have kindly offered to present a trophy to be given alongside the award.

The award has a sum of money associated to it so that the recipient can spend it on a beneficial and worthwhile endeavour. It is given to a Y8 pupil who is respected by peers and teachers alike, who most embodies the school’s ethos, and in particular displays kindness to others.

In the centenary of the First World War, we are delighted to announce a new award, named for one of the five of our OBs who were awarded the Victoria Cross who fell in action in 1914. Joseph is a worthy winner.

– Ian Silk, Prep School Head Master

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