Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, one of the school’s most distinguished former pupils died on Friday 10 June.
Published on the King’s School Canterbury website 12th June 2011
Born in 1915, Paddy Leigh Fermor was in The Grange from 1929 to 1931, when his school career came to a premature end. For his own view of the school see the final passage in Memories of King’s. He had a distinguished war career, especially in Crete. His involvement in the kidnap of General Kreipe was later the subject of the film Ill Met By Moonlight, directed by another OKS Michael Powell.
He is widely regarded as the best travel writer of the twentieth century. A Time of Gifts (1977) and Between the Woods and the Water (1986) describe his journey across Europe in the mid-1930s.
He returned to the school on several occasions, most recently in 2007 to open the new Grange boarding house.
Many tributes to him can be seen here: Patrick Leigh Fermor.