A WPPS LEGEND!
Eric Mansergh was one of the 26 boys who entered the new WPPS at Thornton House in Kenilworth, in February 1914. Aged fourteen at the time, he was appointed the school’s first head boy and leader of the Scout troop.
A great admirer of Col. Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, Mansergh adopted the name Robert for himself, and it was as Captain Robert Mansergh that he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the Kurdistan campaign in 1932.
He saw service throughout the Second World War, mainly in the Far East, and after post-war terms of duty there, he was appointed Deputy Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Northern Europe, and Commander in Chief of NATO Forces two years later. Following his appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, he succeeded to the office of Master Gunner of St James Park, the ceremonial head of the regiment. He served for ten years in this capacity, until his death in 1970. His funeral in Westminster Abbey was attended by his WPPS friend and rugby team mate, Vice Admiral Malcolm St Leger Searle.