Conrad Voss Bark

 

Attended Hymers College:

1920s

What makes this nominee inspiring?

Conrad Voss Bark (9 March 1913 – 23 November 2000) was born to a family of Quakers in Cottingham. After leaving Hymers College he studied at Bristol Grammar School in Clifton, Bristol. Conrad started work at J. S Fry & Sons changing careers to journalism in 1935 as journalist for the Hampstead News and the Golders Green Gazette.

During WWII, Conrad volunteered for the ambulance service in London.

At the end of the war, Conrad worked for the Western Daily Press and in 1947 became a writer for The Times. In 1951 he joined the BBC and between 1952 and 1970 he acted as the parliamentary correspondent for the BBC television and was one of the two chosen to be ‘the first news reporter to read the news live on BBC Television News’.

In 1973 Conrad became the spokesman for the British Trawler Federation during the Second Cod War. Throughout his life, Conrad published novels, including both fiction and non-fiction, the most famous of which being his Mr. Holmes series.