Peter Ross was born in India in 1914 and educated at Repton and Trinity College, Dublin where he won the Philosophical Society silver medal and founded the Squash Club. He joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1940, won the Military Cross in North Africa and ended the war with the rank of Captain. He established Brook House preparatory school in south County Dublin in 1952 and was headmaster there until his retirement in 1977. He is author of To the Stars (1946), a history of Sandhurst Military Academy, and The Old Story, a book of poems. He died in January 1991.