Lt Col (Retd) Christopher R G Hutchinson (OA 32-36)
Christopher Hutchinson was born on 5 May 1922 and was at Ardvreck from 1932-1936 before going on to Charterhouse. His family lived in Northumberland and Christopher was one of only three English boys amongst the 52 that attended the School at the time.
In 2014, Lt Col Hutchinson wrote the following to the School:
I apologise for writing by email but my right hand is very shaky which annoys me very much, particularly since I have always prided myself on a steady hand, largely due to being taught that the secret of successful rifle shooting is steadiness of aim. This I mastered at Ardvreck and it enabled me to win prizes at Bisley and various army competitions during my army career.
There are so many things that I remember about Ardvreck. Mr HVC English was headmaster, Miss Bowie the Matron who made sure that we submerged properly when we had cold baths, Mr Smyth, Mr Lanchester and Mr Chawner who turned up unexpectedly at a cricket field at Charterhouse , where I was playing in a house match.
I enjoyed scouts and vividly recall the visit by the chief scout Baden Powell. Boys numbered about 52 and Ardvreck was always able to field good rugger and cricket teams when we played against Loretto, Fettes, Craigflower, Cargilfield, and Glenalmond juniors.
During my time the tunnel under the main road was built to ensure safety on our way to the sports field. I was never brilliant academically, but I did well at all the school sports and won the 100 yds senior race in 1935. When I left Charterhouse I joined the army and was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment and commanded a troop of Churchill tanks when we fought the Germans in North Africa and later in Italy.
I really enjoyed my time at Ardvreck and as one of only three English boys made many sincere friends among all the fine Scottish lads. The other two English boys were W N Sample and M Wingate Gray. I lost touch with Sample after I left Ardvreck but came across Mike Wingate once or twice after the war. He distinguished himself in World War Two and went on as Brigadier to command the SAS. Sadly he died in 1995.
I am now 92 and I still look back at the great times we had at Barvick. (Picnics in the summer!) I am delighted to read how well the school is doing and send you all my very best wishes! Stet domus ardvreck stet que semper.