Barry Gilbert

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Barry Gilbert, who passed away on 24th March. Barry joined School in September 1949 and left July 1956.

As well as being Captain of School House 1955-56, Barry was an outstanding sportsman and gained Captaincy of the Football team in autumn 1955 and of Hockey in Spring 1956.

Furthermore, in both 1955 and 1956 chosen to represent Kent in the All- England athletic sports, a most unusual honour. Barry threw the Javelin 165ft 10 inches at the School sports, a record.

To add to his sporting talent, he was also heavy-weight boxing champ in 1956.

At cricket the 1st XI Captain described Barry as a tower of strength throughout the season. His batting was very good and reliable, his bowling was as magnificent as his analysis shows. Barry was remembered as a fearsome fast bowler, and being over 6 feet tall, the ball was released from a fair height!

Overall, Barry stood out as an all-round athlete of well above average ability, at a time when Borden  itself was very strong in these events.

He was a huge credit to the School, and for evermore conducted himself in a manner that brought admiration from his large number of friends.

Barry was also a regular attendee of Old Bordenian Dinners and was due to attend the event on the same day he suddenly collapsed and died.