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Powell, Vernon

  • Person
  • 1887 - 1931

Vernon Powell was the one Master who was killed during World War I. He was one of the small cadre of teachers who joined founding Headmaster John Guest in opening Appleby College in September 1911, and proved to be an extraordinarily popular and respected presence. During his three-year tenure he was the first Housemaster in the McCraney House, which came to be known as "Powell's", and the originator of the Appleby Dramatic Club. He was described as a man with "resourcefulness, quick sympathy, unquenchable humour, and a wonderful faculty for 'making things go' ". The scion of a family of soldiers, he left Appleby in 1914 to join a cavalry regiment, but soon transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery. He served in the 53rd Battery. He subsequently proved himself to be among the finest officers, earning the enthusiastic devotion of his men. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of the Somme, where he was wounded. In October 1917, he burnt his hands badly in extinguishing a fire among live shells in a gun-pit, his quick action saving many lives. In December of that year, he was severely wounded by an explosion. He was evacuated to England, where he died on January 2, 1918 at age 31. His body is buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

R. Noble

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Rosseel, John

  • Person
  • 1957 -

John Rosseel was born February 15, 1957 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Appleby College from 1971 to 1976. While a student, John was Head Prefect (1975-1976), captained the First Football and the Open Rugby Teams. He was awarded Colours in Football and Rugby. He was stage manager for the annual operetta production for three consecutive years, member of the debating club and co-editor for the 1975 Argus yearbook.

In 1981, John received his B.A. in English from Queen's University and pursued a career in the graphic arts as a photo technician, medical photographer and currently a commercial offset printer. John is an active sailor, sings in many choirs, and serves on the Board of Directors of Open Voices Community Choir.

See, John

John See was elected to the Board of Governors in 2001 and became Chairman of the Board in the spring of 2002. He replaced outgoing Chairman Peter Willis. John is the parent to Jamie See '02, Josh See '04 and Sam See. See Summer 2002 Appleby Quarterly for more information.

Sefton, James William "Bill"

  • Person
  • 1915-2007

James William "Bill" Sefton was born on October 25, 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sefton. He attended Appleby College from 1929 to 1932, and although he did not graduate here, he is considered to be part of the Class of 1935. While attending Appleby, Bill participated in soccer, Junior hockey, boxing, Cadets, badminton, cricket and was on the Third football team. He was confirmed at the John Bell Chapel in 1930.
Bill married Sarah Jardine Murray on April 3, 1941. They lived in Toronto and he worked as a truck driver for Loblaws. He was a supporter of Appleby College and attended many Alumni (Old Boys) events. He died on Friday January 5, 2007.

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