Keith Mudd was born on 6 August 1923 and attended the School between September 1935 and July 1937.
During World War II, Keith served in the Merchant Navy and sailed on the SS Fellside as a Cabin boy.
A fellow crew member, Thomas Sanderson recalled “The Fellside, a Steamer, was an old ship and would not have left port in peace time but it was said many times ‘there’s a war on……’. “.
In July 1940, the SS Fellside was sailing from Teesside to Nova Scotia when she became separated from the rest of the convoy. At 09:40 on 17th July, the ship was struck by a torpedo from a U-Boat and sank west of Ireland with the loss of 12 men out of a crew of 32. One of those lost was the 16 year old cabin boy Keith Mudd.
Keith is commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial which records those who served in the Merchant Navy and who have no grave but the sea.
His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.