All of our Heroes

Major Phil Ashby QGM

Major Phil Ashby QGM
Hero of Sierra Leone Escape

Born in 1970, and brought up in Helensburgh, Phil has always had a taste for adventure. He won a scholarship to Glenalmond College, Perthshire and was a talented gymnast and musician. His parents contemplated sending him to ballet school. Instead he discovered rock climbing and was quickly mastering some of Scotland’s hardest extreme rock climbs, before finding another physical career as a Royal Marine Commando.

W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
One of the greatest writers of the 20th century

Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden, was born on the 21st February 1907, in York. Auden was the third of three children, all sons.

Auden's first school was St. Edmund's School, Hindhead, Surrey, where he met Christopher Isherwood. At 13 he went to Gresham's School in Norfolk. Until 1922 Auden expected to pursue a career as a mining engineer, and the abandoned lead mines of northern England were a "sacred landscape" for him. Then a school friend Robert Medley who was two years ahead of him, first suggested that he might write poetry.

William Auld

William Auld
Pilot, Esperanto Poet, Writer and Thrice Nobel Prize for Literature Nominee

William Auld was born on 6 November 1924 at Hainault, Lesney Park Road, Erith, Kent, the son of Scottish Parents, George Auld, a draughtsman and structural engineer and his wife, Williamina Rose (Minnie), née Roy, a shorthand typist. At the time of his birth his parents lived at 24 Bexley Road, Crayford, Kent. Auld also had a younger sister who was almost 8 years his junior.

John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird
Inventor, Entrepreneur, TV Pioneer and the first person to demonstrate a working television

The television pioneer John Logie Baird was born on the 13th August, 1888 at The Lodge, 121 West Argyle Street, Helensburgh. He was the youngest of the four children of the Revd John Baird, minister of the West Parish Church, Helensburgh, and his wife, Jessie Morrison Inglis.

Professor Emeritus Michael J Baker

Professor Emeritus Michael J Baker
Marketing Innovator, Academic, Author and Publisher

Michael was born in Debden, Essex on the 5th November 1935

He was educated at Bryntirion School, Worksop College, Bede, Gosforth and Harvey Grammar Schools.

After graduation (BA, Durham) and military service, Michael spent six years in the steel industry selling flat-rolled products, followed by four years in Further Education as a Lecturer in Marketing.