22 January 2018
Bernard, 16th Duke of Norfolk (OS 1920-26)
A recent acclaimed television documentary The Coronation featured archive footage and reminiscences of the work of an Old Oratorian, Bernard 16th Duke of Norfolk.
Bernard Fitzalan-Howard became the 16th Duke of Norfolk at the age of 8 on the death of his father the 15th Duke, Henry Fitzalan-Howard, (OS 1860-67). The 15th Duke had been at the school in the very early days under Cardinal John Henry Newman along with his younger brother Edmund, later Lord FitzAlan of Derwent, last Viceroy of Ireland, after whom Fitzalan House is named.
Bernard, the 16th Duke, was a great cricket enthusiast, President of MCC 1956-7 and Manager of the tour to Australia in 1962-3. He was President of the OSCC for many years.
He was, as Duke of Norfolk, Hereditary Earl Marshal of England, a position which carried with it the role of organising and presiding at great State events including the coronation of George VI in 1937, his funeral in 1952, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and the state funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965. He died in 1975.