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Starstruck Sunday: Journalist who saved Chinese war orphans called Harpenden home

PUBLISHED: 21:00 07 October 2018

Holding hands with a child.

Holding hands with a child.

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Harpenden can boast a number of celebrity residents over the decades, from musicians to comedians, photographers and presenters, and everything inbetween.

Our Starstruck Sunday series is putting the spotlight on some international icons and lots of unsung heros in the local community.

In 1943, a journalist called George Hogg saved Chinese war orphans by establishing a specialist school in the province of Shaanxi.

When the school was forced to relocate to escape the Japanese army, Mr Hogg guided every single pupil 700 miles on foot to a neighbouring Gansu Province.

He even adopted four of the pupils as his own sons.

George’s selfless journey was forced to come to an end when he injured his foot playing basketball and developed tetanus, passing away at just 30 years old.

From 1927 to 1934 he went to St George’s School in Harpenden before studying PPE - politics, philosophy and economics - at Oxford University.

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