WOODHOUSE, James (Jim) Stephen 1933-2021

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Richard R

Oct 15, 2021, 5:24:07 AMOct 15
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He was s of Rt Rev James Walker WOODHOUSE Bishop of Thetford 1884-1955 scion of that gentry family of West Lodge and Kathleen Mary 1896-1958 d of Rev Canon William [Henry] Lee HARNETT 1864-1937 of Wolverton, Bucks by his 1895 m reg Q3 London to Mary Jessie CORDEUX 1859-1916. He m 1957 Sarah Maud b 1935 reg Q3 Wilts d of Maj Hubert BLOUNT MC 1910-79 of Cley Old Hall, Holt, Norfolk by his 1933 m reg Q2 Norfolk to Marion Emily 1906-90 d of Francis Hubert BARCLAY 1869-1931 scion of that gentry family of Higham and Hannah Maude BUXTON MBE 1872-1931 (gd of Sir Edward North BUXTON 2nd Bt 1812-58), and had three sons and a dau.

From the Times of 15 Oct 2021:
Jim Woodhouse obituary
Reforming head master who moved Rugby on from its Tom Brown’s School Days image by abolishing ‘fagging’ and the cane
When Jim Woodhouse was appointed head master of Rugby School in 1967 he was, at the age of 34, the youngest to hold that post since Thomas Arnold, who was head master from 1828 to 1841 and featured in the novel Tom Brown’s School Days (1857). Woodhouse’s arrival coincided with the school’s 400th anniversary and one of his first duties was to host a visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
...James Stephen Woodhouse was born in Luton in 1933, the youngest of four children of the Rev Jack Woodhouse, vicar of Christ Church, Luton, and his wife, Kathleen (née Harnett), who was also from a clergy family. A sister, Rosemary, survives, though his brothers, Robin and John, predeceased him.
His father’s ministry took the family to Huddersfield and then to Jesmond in Newcastle before they settled in East Anglia where he became bishop of Thetford...From a group of 16 friends who went on a trip to Obergurgl in Austria, there were four marriages, including his own in 1957 to Sarah Blount, who was by his side at Rugby and Lancing.
Sarah survives him with their children: John, who works in risk management; Mike, a teacher and cabinet maker; William, a retired natural swimming pond designer; and Hannah, who makes cast bronze lamps. Woodhouse enjoyed introducing them and later his 11 grandchildren to outdoor life including sailing, fishing and hill walking.
Jim Woodhouse, head master, was born on May 21, 1933. He died of heart failure on September 11, 2021, aged 88

S R Eglesfield

Oct 15, 2021, 8:15:12 AMOct 15
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Mr Woodhouse's nephew by marriage is Captain James Hillier BLOUNT (born 22 I 1974), a well-known singer and songwriter under the stage name of James Blunt, who is the husband (married 6 IX 2014) of (Alexandrina) Sofia WELLESLEY (born 23 VII 1983), a granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington.
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