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Clive Edward Tonry

(1920-2010), Brigadier

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Clive Edward Tonry, by Hay Wrightson Ltd - NPG x181460

Clive Edward Tonry

by Hay Wrightson Ltd
bromide print, circa 1960s
NPG x181460


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Sean Gardiner

26 September 2019, 06:46

This is a summary of his exploits in Dunkirk.
He was awarded an OBE and retired a Brigadier then went to teach at Dumpton Prep School for boys in Dorset.

Jack Andrews

25 January 2019, 21:05

Brigadier Tonry taught at Dumpton school, Wimborne , Dorset, for the few years I was there. He was a much loved teacher - because of his sense of fun, his colourful stories of the war and because he never held the boys back from doing outrageously dangerous activities. I remember as a 1st year he had us unpack a 2nd world war parachute, then one by one we attempted to fill it by running into the wind while the rest of the class held the cloth as high as we could (think average height of a 10 yr old). I don't remember anyone taking off but his stories off other pupils taking off and being hauled through fields, through barbed wire fences and nettle bushes held us captivated. He taught chemistry and biology, if I remember correctly, and used to have us melt lead squares and drop the molten liquid onto the asbestos lab mats, sniff phosphoric acid, burn peanuts, and make batteries (anode / cathode). Brigadier Tonry was the warm heart of a very good school for young boys. I was very sorry to hear of his passing.

Sarah tonry

17 September 2015, 20:19

I am his daughter so may be able to help with information

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