Hewer, F Brian
Brian died on 6 February 1986.
The Headmaster and six other masters attended his funeral in Holy trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint.
Whilst at Hurst, he was a School Monitor and a sergeant in the OTC. On leaving school he joined Shell thus beginning a long association with the oil business – he late moved to BP and then to Texaco. In 1933 he married Miss Mollie Adams.
He was a keen member of the Territorial Army and during the war he served with the Anti Aircraft branch of the Royal Artillery first in the defence of London and later in Ireland. Prior to the Normandy invasion he was transferred to the RASC and sent to the War Office to work on PLUTO – the oil pipeline between England and France. He retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded an MBE (Military Division).
After the war Brian returned to the oil business and, together with Mollie and son Richard, came to live in Hurstpierpoint. He took a tremendous interest in many village activities. He served on the Parish council for 17 years and was its Chairman for two years. he was also a member of the Mid-Sussex District Council. He was an enthusiastic member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and for 7 years was its president. He encouraged the College to provide a contingent for the Village Remembrance Sunday Parade – an excellent link between College and Village. He took a keen interest in sport and was President of the village cricket club. His most notable achievement was the building of the Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. To that end he worked for many years with determination and perseverance and it is safe to say that without his leadership and drive the Center would probably not have been built.
On his retirement he also took on the task of keeping in touch with a large number of pensioners from his firm in the south east of England.
Brian was a very good supporter of HJ functions – particularly Cricket Week and the Annual Dinner.
7 April 2004