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History of Alexander First School

History of Alexander First School

Often referred to as Churchill’s Favourite General, Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, was born in London to aristocratic parents and was educated at Harrow before moving on to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, for training as an army officer of the Irish Guards. 


He rose to prominence through his service in the First World War, receiving numerous honours and decorations, and continued his military career through various British campaigns across Europe and Asia. In World War II, Alexander oversaw the final stages of the Allied evacuation from Dunkirk and subsequently held high-ranking field commands in Burma, North Africa and Italy, including serving as Commander-in-Chief Middle East and commanding the 18th Army Group in Tunisia. 

The school was built in 1972 and was originally open-plan in design and opened by wife of 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Lady Margaret Diana, Countess Alexander of Tunis. 
The newly appointed Headmistress Mrs Estlyn Davies, a former magistrate, was there to greet Lady Alexander and members of Windsor Garrison.