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Interesting Johnians

From Nobel prizewinners and parliamentarians to porters and postmen Interesting Johnians looks at those who have studied and worked at St John's.

To mark the anniversary of the First World War special entries will appear featuring Johnians who left College to fight in the war. These entries will be marked by a red poppy.WWI poppy

Benjamin Hall Kennedy

A Fellow and Lecturer at St John's, Kennedy is best known for his Latin grammar books.

George Parsley moved up the ranks in the College Kitchens to become St John's Head Chef in 1891.

Lionel Clifton Davy, Military Cross 1916

Clifton Lionel Davy (1914) was awarded the Military Cross in 1916 for returning to his command after being wounded on the field.WWI poppy

David James Scott held the position of Scholars' Cook at the College up until his death in 1861, when the post was discontinued.  This change was part of a wider financial overhaul of the College's internal structures, which resulted in a far more rationalised payment system for domestic staff.

As a young student in the 1940s, Philip Shaw (matric. 1939, Natural Sciences) shot this short collection of home movies about his time at St John's College. Showing Cambridge students in their leisure time, we get a glimpse at what life was like during the outbreak of the Second World War, such as R.A.F. training and the lawns being dug up for the Dig for Victory Campaign. Despite this wartime shadow, student life carried on with walks to Grantchester, ice-skating and the occasional tennis tournament, giving us an insight into Cambridge at play.

Bill Daish, College Baker, by Ken North (1930s)

Bill Daish was the College's last Master Baker. Hired in 1924 at the tender age of 19, Daish worked in the kitchens until he moved into the College bakehouse. Daish retired in 1947 after 23 years of service. Although Daish was not a Johnian, his long-service to the College and its members should not go unnoticed.

FSH Kendon (1893-1959)

Frank Kendon was born at Bethany House, Kent on 12 September 1893. His father Samuel Kendon was schoolmaster of Bethany School, where Frank also worked as a teacher.