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Alfred Barrett Sackett (1895-1977)

Alfred Barrett Sackett was the son of the Wesleyan minister A. B. Sackett. He was educated at Kingswood School and Merton College Oxford.

Sackett served as an infantry officer during World War 1 and was awarded the Military Cross.

He taught at Christ's Hospital School from 1922 to 1928 and was then appointed headmaster of Kingswood. Sackett introduced a more liberal regime and presided over an increase in the school's size, accompanied by considerable improvements in facilities. One of his major achievements was the bringing of the school successfully through the disruption caused by World War 2.

After retirement in 1959, Sackett remained actively involved in Methodist affairs. He was a member of the World Methodist Committee between 1950 and 1966 and wrote several articles for the Wesley Historical Society.

Source: Who was Who 1971-80, Kingswood School in Wesley's Day and Since by A.G. Ives (1970) and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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