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Oakham School Archives

Explore the history of the school through the documents and objects that have been left behind...


Tensions in the Middle East after the Second World War were heightened with the creation of Israel as a state. Surrounding Muslim countries opposed the creation of the Jewish state and by the mid-1950s, there were three main resistance groups in the Aden Colony, Yemen, and tribal factions in the Protectorates.

Aden 1967

A photograph from the 1967 Aden operation.

  • Ritchie, Dr. Sebastian, The RAF, Small Wars and Insurgencies: Later Colonial Operations, 1945 – 1975, (Air Media Centre, HQ Air Command: 2011)

Old Oakhamian who fought in the Aden Counter Insurgency

Nigel Beddingfield Knocker OBE

Nigel attended Oakham School between 1944 and 1946. He was a Day boy.

After Oakham

Nigel had a career in the army being a Major and later a Colonel in the The Royal Sussex Regiment, Queen’s Regiment and Oman Scouts.

Royal Sussex Badge

The badge of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

He also worked in local government in emergency planning.

Nigel was awarded an OBE and a DSM.