Hadfield, Robert S

Hadfield, Robert S.

Bob died after a short illness on 25 September 1992.

His funeral took place at Galmpton, Devon. Bob was a School Prefect and Captain of his House. He gained his Shooting colours and represented the School at Bisley in 1927 & 1928. He was a member of the 1st XI cricket team.

John Watts writes:-
“Bob was a very good boy organist, under the famous H.A.Hawkins, then the school’s organist and choirmaster, and he frequently played for chapel services. On one morning he electrified the school, as it filed into chapel, by playing a modern dance tune a la Bach (or was it Widor?). Bob was at Hurst when it changed from playing soccer to rugger. He was one of the founding members of the OJ Rugby Club with its ‘home ground’ at New Barnet. He and C. R. Whitbourne managed to get enough OJs to turn out every Saturday and occasionally even two teams – (very few of us had cars then) – until the 1939 war.”

Andrew Penfold writes:-
“Bob was a member of the Bisley VIII in 1928 when Hurst had its greatest success in the Sussex Schools Meeting winning the Cussack Smith Trophy, then in July they were only four points behind the winners to achieve second in the Ashburton Shield. Bob was not only top scorer for Hurst with 64/70 ; but in the individual competition he won the Gale & Polden – now the Schools 100.

He reflected on his time at Hurst with great affection, remembering that the VIII was coached by the School doctor. Dr. F.H.Kelly, an International shot who won the Grand Aggregate 3 times and came 2nd in the Kings prize. On leaving Hurst, Bob joined the family paint business -Hadfield (Merton) Ltd. He was very keen to encourage shooting at Hurst and was the post war power behind the OJ Rifle Club for nearly 30 years. He encouraged two youngsters to success – the son of one of his employees, Ian Cummings, who later went on with Bob to Canada in the 1969 GB team; and David Friend, OJ, who won the Queens Prize in 1977.

Bob shot for Surrey on numerous occasions and in the !950’s captained them to victory in the English County Championships. He shot for England 8 times between 1949 and 1964 and in 1966 coached England to win the National. He represented Great Britain 3 times in Canada – his first in 1952 under the direction of George Twine, OJ, and then in 1964, as Captain he took his life-long friends, Denis Cantlay, OJ, and George Twine, OJ. Bob will be sadly missed by the HJ Rifle Club not only as a friend but also for his encouragement, support and shooting wisdom.

He was survived by his wife, Margaret, and family.


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