Henry Allen John, 8th Earl Bathurst was a British peer, soldier and Conservative politician. During WWII, Ridley looked after sixteen English boys evacuated to Canada. It is clear from the long term relationship developed with the school that these boys were made to feel right at home when they arrived at Ridley, and have maintained themselves as part of the Ridley family. In January 1974, the English Old Boys presented the “Bulldog Trophy” to Ridley’s squash program, on behalf of those who had been given refuge during the War. On Association Weekend in 1989, a portrait of the original Bishop Nicholas Ridley was unveiled. This piece was commissioned by the United Kingdom Branch, and Bathurst was there in person to help with the presentation. His father having was killed in 1942 while on active duty during World War II, and Bathurst succeeded to the family titles on the death of his grandfather, the 7th Earl Bathurst in 1943. He joined the military in 1948 and served in the 10th Royal Hussars and later the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He later held political office under Harold Macmillan as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) from 1957 to 1961 and as Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1961 to 1962. He was a Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire from 1960 to 1986, following which he left politics to run the family estate based around Cirencester Park. Bathurst died in 2011.