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In 2009 David Bussey compiled a spectacular book called John Colet's Children, The Boys of St Paul's School in Later Life.

John Colet's Children is a wonderfully illustrated book about the lives of 230 pupils of St Paul's School over five centuries.  A lavishly produced large scale publication from the Cambridge University Press, it features famous names from history including Milton, Pepys, Marlborough, Halley and Montgomery. Among more recent alumni are the creator of Cruella de Vil's car, the set designer for James Bond films, journalist John Simpson, philosopher Isaiah Berlin, the broadcasters Clement Freud and Jonathan Miller, writer Compton Mackenzie, the painters Duncan Grant and Paul Nash, musician Dennis Brain, traveller Eric Newby, cricketer Percy Fender and the inventors of Grand Theft Auto.


Beautifully written, beautifully edited, beautifully produced - Paul Cartledge (1960-64), Professor of Greek History and Fellow & Director of Studies at Clare College


Purchases can be made by downloading the order form, click here


 Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1902-1906


Montgomery was educated at St. Paul's School, and even used the school building in Hammersmith to work out the fine details of the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. He has received many honours, including a knighthood and the title of 1st Viscount of Alamein.

Bernard Law Montgomery, OP, entered the army in 1908, two years after leaving St. Paul's. It was in August 1942 when he was appointed as Commander of the British 8th Army in North Africa, where he rallied the discouraged British troops and led them to drive the Nazi forces from El Alamein, across the desert and into Tunisia. In 1943, Montgomery and Eisenhower both commanded the Allied invasion of Sicily, and Montgomery became Field Marshall just before he led the Allied D-Day invasion of 1944. Much of his planning for the invasion was done in St. Paul's School, and the Montgomery Room of the current school building is named to commemorate this. He received a knighthood for his outstanding work during the War, and he is often considered to be one of the greatest generals of British military history.

Laurence Binyon, 1881 - 88


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Poem by Laurence Binyon, August 1914.


Laurence Binyon was a foundation scholar at St. Paul's, and won the Milton prize for two consecutive years and won prizes in Latin, Greek and French. He also won the Newdigate Poetry Prize in 1890 as an undergraduate in Trinity College, Cambridge. He became an acclaimed poet and playwright, and was a leading authority on oriental art. He was a keeper of the printed books department of the British Museum. Binyon died in 1943.

Our apologies if important OPs have been left out. If you know of any other Old Pauline who you feel deserves a spot on this page, please do not hesitate to email to let us know!

John Milton, c. 1615-1620

John Milton's Mullberry Tree

John Milton (SPS c 1615 - 1620), Poet, planted a Mulberry tree (Morus nigra) at St Paul's School. The one you see in this photograph is a descendant of the tree he planted, and can be seen growing in the grounds of St Paul's School.

John Milton, one of the great English poets whose works include the epic poem Paradise Lost, was educated at St. Paul's School before he studied at Christ's College, Cambridge. He wrote poems in Latin, Italian and English during his time at Cambridge, and after abandoning his plans to become a priest he spent six years writing L'ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO, COMUS, and LYCIDAS. Milton became blind in 1651, but this appeared to stimulate his poetic creativity. Paradise Lost was published in ten books in 1667. Milton died on November 8, 1674 in Chalfont, St. Giles, Buckinghamshire


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