Elected: 1977
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Professor Norman Gash CBE FBA FRSE
Norman Gash was born on 16th January, 1912, in Meerut, India, where his father Frederick Gash, a professional soldier, was serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, a regiment long-associated with India. He was always proud of being born where the first mutinies in the Bengal Army had broken out in 1857. When he was only a few months old the family returned to the UK and lived successively in Portsmouth, Dublin and Reading because of his father’s postings. From 1919 – 1923 he attended Wilson Road School and Palmer School in Reading, winning a scholarship to Reading School in 1923. At Reading School, which had a traditional connection with army families, Norman specialised on the classical and language side with Latin, French and English literature his best subjects. Because of an outstanding history master, J. W. Saunders, in 1927 he switched from V classical to VI modern to concentrate on history. In 1929 he won a Sir Thomas White scholarship to St. John’s College, Oxford.

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