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‘Buddy’ Featherstonhaugh – jazz musician, racing driver (and Old Eastbournian) by Michael Partridge


‘Buddy’ Featherstonhaugh (Eastbourne College).


This article has reached the Bulletin via its Publisher Robert Hall who, like ‘Buddy’ Featherstonhaugh and the article’s author, is an Old Eastbournian.


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upert Edward Lee Featherstonhaugh, always known as ‘Buddy’, was the son of Rupert Lee Featherstonhaugh (1880-1929) whose brother Harold (‘Harry’) had also attended Eastbourne College. Harry was killed on the Somme on 8th July 1916 and is commemorated at the school. His great grandfather George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866) travelled to the United States, where a second marriage to Charlotte produced Buddy’s grandfather Henry. George was a geologist and geographer and while in the USA planned the Albany and Schenectady Railroad and held several other posts. He may have had relations with the Civil War General Robert E Lee (1807-70) because, thereafter, male members of the family adopted Lee as one of their Christian names. Buddy’s father was Rupert Lee… etc


Buddy as a boy (Eastbourne College).


Whit Monday 16th May 1932 – Buddy in a 1½-litre Alfa Romeo (right) about to pass a Frazer Nash on route to a win in the Nottingham Senior Handicap (Brooklands Museum).


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