List of Old Cliftonians

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This is a list of notable Old Cliftonians, former pupils of Clifton College in Bristol in the West of England.

See also Category:People educated at Clifton College.


Public life and the law[edit]


Holders of the Victoria Cross[edit]

Eight Old Cliftonians have won the Victoria Cross, one in the Second Boer War, five in the First World War (1914–1918), one in the Russian Civil War (North Russia Relief Force, 1919), and one in the Second World War.[3]



Performing arts[edit]



Fine arts[edit]


Nobel Prize winners[edit]

Sports (in alphabetical order)[edit]

Cricket, rugby and football[edit]




See also[edit]

Old Cliftonian Society


  1. ^ Draper, Philip; John Skehel (30 August 2006). "Philip D'Arcy Hart". Obituaries. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Arthur Hutchinson, 1866-1937". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 2 (7): 483–491. 1 January 1939. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1939.0008.
  3. ^ Bland, R.L., Clifton's V.C.s, Old Cliftonian Society, pp. 57–60
  4. ^ A school legend has it that Cleese was expelled. In one version, Cleese used painted footsteps to suggest that the statue of General Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the lavatory. In another version, he was expelled for staging a suicide jump from the Wilson Tower during Commem, shouting, "I can't stand it any longer" to parents coming out of the Chapel before a dummy plummeted to the ground. Although such pranks may have happened, Cleese was not expelled.
  5. ^ John Inverdale at
  6. ^ S. G. G. Benson, Martin Crossley Evans, I Will Plant Me a Tree: an Illustrated History of Gresham's School (James & James, London, 2002), pp. 35-36
  7. ^ George Whitehead at Retrieved 25 November 2008
  8. ^ Edmund Burke, The Annual register of world events: a review of the year, Volume 166, p119, Longmans, Green, 1925