Died 24th April 2018, aged 98.
We were informed just before going to print that Geoffrey had passed away April 2018. We hope to provide an obituary in the next edition of the Flecker.
Ron was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 4th August, 1935. After a few years in DCJS, Ron joined his brother (WK MacArtney) in the Senior School in 1949, leaving early in the Michealmas term of 1950. He moved with his family to America at the age of seventeen to finish High School and College. He graduated from Yale University in 1958. His career enabled him to travel extensively with his family, working for Pharmaceutical companies in International Marketing, finally deciding to settle in Hinsdale, Illinois, where he worked for many years as a Realtor until his retirement. During retirement he was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program and
also found time to write his memoirs for his family. Ron was the loving husband of Sandra Lind, father of Douglas, Lisa, and David. Grandfather of seven, great-grandfather of seven, brother of Ken, uncle of many nieces and nephews, and great friend to many.
Visitation took place at Hinsdale United Methodist Church on August 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. All were invited to a celebration reception afterwards.
A tribute to Tim by Bill Cheston. At the Royal Oak, we met Tim in his (as I learnt over the next 45 years) usual attire: Tattersall shirt, cravat, cord trousers, Pringle sweater and suede loafers – probably with snaffles and yellow socks. He was a very handsome, debonair and
classically dressed fellow. The Royal Oak was honoured to have such a smart, witty and engaging owner. On the way back, the ladies gushed and said all the right things to give the impression that Tim had had his usual effect.
Tim was born on 22nd July 1940 in Bishop’s Cleeve to Ted and Edith Eager. He was followed by his brother Christopher – sadly no longer with us.
School at Dean Close was marked by Tim’s skills as a field hockey goalkeeper, in those days dressed in a shogun style armour. Dean Close had a very high standing in the school hockey world during the ‘50s and ‘60s when they were coached by the then England Captain, Denys Carnill. Whilst at School, Tim was also promoted to House Prefect in Field House (run by Denys Carnill), was a Sergeant in the CCF and gained
his School colours not only in hockey but also in rugby and cricket.
A key match with Marlborough was preceded by a party organised by Tim that went so well he was still inebriated on the Saturday morning. His non-appearance on the team bus needed teammates to find him, dress him and prop him up in his seat. At the start of the game, he was so useless that he stood exactly where he had been put and headed all attempts at goal, as other efforts would have toppled him with little chance of recovery. Dean Close only lost 3-2.
After school, Tim played for the Lansdown Club where he was considered one of the best goalies that had played for the club. Kay reports that he was also ‘on the bench’ for the England hockey team.
A working life beckoned, or at least a means of earning enough to support the life he sought. Tim rather surprisingly applied for a job at Lloyds Bank, not to become a banker but to be near a source of funds to acquire his dream ticket: an Aston Martin. He soon had the car but we don’t know how long he graced the halls of banking.
In 1966, Tim married Vickie and welcomed their daughter Charlotte, born on 30th November
In 1969, Vickie and Charlotte moved to Hampshire and Tim took off for Cannes in the South of France where, by some means unknown, he opened an antique shop. Lacking fluency in French did not seem to frustrate this
initiative as he made his daily rounds of the Cannes hotels and restaurants meeting ex pat British to whom he no doubt sold his stuff. You can imagine Tim in this location as he was already dressing like he was at the Royal Oak: debonair, witty and no doubt having a flutter on the local tables. He must have been very popular.
After Cannes, on returning to the UK, he raised funds for his next venture by taking a job building a motorway in the south of England. He then made tracks for the Royal Oak which was a free house. He was landlord there, with Vickie’s support for the next 10 years, when, in 1984, he set up in the antiques trade in Cheltenham at 1, Hewlett Rd.
Cricket was another of Tim’s happy memories. He played in Tom Lal’s Stow charity games wearing his Gloucester Gipsies blazer and matching cap. With the Tattiebogles he toured the West Indies with his friend Tom Graveney, whose daughter Beckie reports that Tim (or Lovejoy as he was called) was the star of the party for his wit, relaxed manner and mixing rum punches, if not necessarily for his cricket skills.
In August 1987, he arrived in Stow to take over the Queen’s Head to start a 16-year tenure that proved very jolly to all his new clients and untold tourists. Tim loved the countryside and his shooting days with the Butlers at Farmcote Wood and other shoots in the hills. He had the most gorgeous Labrador, Polly, who lay on the door
step or on the protruding bench next to the fireplace. She was so loved by all that on her death a wooden bench was fixed outside the pub in her memory – still there, with her name plate.
Tim seemed to be very fond of the odd gamble, though it never seemed to be an obsession. He loved to “make a book” on any manner of incident, forecast or not.
In later years he developed a strange attitude to his eventual demise: nearly every year, to his locals, finding this take on life rather amusing, he would say: ‘I’ll be gone by Christmas’ and then open a book. Naturally, every Boxing Day he had to pay out.
This preparation for the inevitable was so strong that he commissioned a coffin to be made with wood from a yew tree that had been felled at the Royal Oak. He took delivery from the Winchcombe maker Will Hall and the ‘coffin’ became a pub table until a diner commented: ‘Is
this a coffin? Have they forgotten to remove the corpse? Let’s have another table’. Soon after, the coffin was stored at their Oddington home.
Tim’s days at the Queen’s Head were extremely reliable: he always opened at 11 am and 6pm and served at every session unless he was away in Lanzarote. He still, however, managed to sack the staff every day but forgot on the morrow.
In 1989, Kay joined the staff of the Queen’s Head and eventually became Mrs Eager. So started a long partnership that endured until he relinquished the tenancy in 2003 to retire to their new home Quags Cottage in Lower Oddington.
Charlotte was married to Shaun in 2000, with twins Tom and James who are now nearly 13. Quite recently, with great pride, Tim saw the twins open the batting for the Mardon village team in Kent.
Tim Eager was known far and wide as a super
landlord and loved as a true English gentleman.
Tim’s funeral was held in St. Edward’s Church,Stow-on-the-Wold on Monday 25th June 2018. ODs in attendance included Mike Bawden, Jeremy Winter, Roger Reece, Mike McMahon and Ian Dimmer.
Peter joined Dean Close in 1937, following in the footsteps of his brother, Major William Calder (Gate 1937), he joined Gate house.
Peter was involved in so many aspects of life at Dean Close. He was a School Prefect, was an Under Officer in the JTC, an actor (played Jolland in Vice Versa), a Chapel Warden and excelled in most sports;
Including Athletics, Cross-Country, Hockey and Rugby. He gained his School colours in all of those sports.
The 1st XV report in 1940 mentions that Calder who played on the left wing was ‘a beautiful runner with a natural swerve and our chief scorer of tries: if he had any room to move, his pace and determination were usually too much for the defence’.
Cross Country running was what he did best. He received his colours in 1938, 1939 and 1940, in his final year being made captain. During WW2 Peter was deployed with the Royal Navy Reserves. He
volunteered for ‘Human Torpedoes’, and later, serving in HMS Cattistock. He was wounded during the war and lost the sight of an eye.
Directly after the war he worked on a stud farm near Ilminster and later on he worked for Horlicks Ltd (1946-51), then Marks & Spencer (51-65), and finally GB Brittan Ltd (65-81) from where he retired in 1982. He lived in Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
John passed away peacefully at home in Rottingdean on 19th June 2018, aged 79 years.
John arrived into Tower House in 1952 where in his last year (1957) he was awarded the role of House Prefect. He was very much part of all aspects of Dean Close School life, including the CCF, where he was a Sergeant, and especially sport.
An all-round sportsman, he gained his School colours in all three major sports: rugby, hockey and cricket. John’s mother was a Nursing Sister at Dean Close after the war, arriving in 1948, and eventually moved to High Wycombe.
John left Dean Close to study Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London University, eventually becoming Director of University Health Services at Brunel Hospital. In recognition of his outstanding service to the
University, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2003.
Beloved husband of Judy and dearly loved dad of Nicola, Helen and Philip. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of his life was held at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton on Thursday 28th June.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Roland Jens-Christian Höver on 16th May 2018 at the age of 55. Roland, born on 24th May 1962, was the beloved son of Nanny and Erich Höver.
Of German descent, Roland’s early schooling was in Germany, before he ventured across the North Sea to Dean Close for the 5th and 6th form. Carpe Diem describes Roland’s approach to life.
His humour and ebullient personality, skill in athletics and basketball, adventurousness and joy in a night at the pub, added immeasurably to life
at Dean Close. A particularly humorous evening in Brook House came about when Roland arrived back from Spring break with 40 different bottles of German beer and invited five or six mates over for a “tasting” event.
After graduation from Dean Close, Roland worked as a foreign trader from 1983-1996, living in Bombay/Mumbai for a short period and traveling
extensively in India and Pakistan. From 1997- 2005 Roland ran his own company, importing thatch for beautiful thatched roofs that hinted at the simplicity of medieval times. From 2007 until his passing, Roland ran his second company, specializing in exporting paper, a business continued today by his wife, Elke, and eldest son, Morris. (Roland loved MG’s!)
John died aged 68 in New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton on 14th May 2018 after a short illness, having been diagnosed with liver cancer the month before.
Richard Henry White (Field 1970), John’s brother, sends this report.
John’s career in the School was from the Junior School where he played the lead actor in some of the School productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He left the Senior School in 1966 after having sat his O Levels and went on to study Computer Programming but became disillusioned with such a career path in the belief that it was a ‘passing phase’ and that there was no future there. Later in life he continued to express that he would still be proven right. John’s social intelligence and ability to easily interact with all people he met, led him into a career in Marketing.
He had a short ten-year sojourn in South Africa in the 1980s where he set up a business selling electronic toilets, after which he returned to the UK and started the same business, this time also manufacturing. This business he eventually sold and moved on to manufacturing them and marketing craft-specialist clothing until his retirement some 8 years ago.
I spent many hours with him in his retirement talking about our shared experiences as sons of the colonies in the 1960s with our flights over Africa, including our school days, where he pondered about Hollington’s cryptic astrological punishment notations on the corner of the chalk board, which confused the other teachers, and his endeavours in a fledgling Athletics Club in the Senior School (achieving his School colours). He last visited the School some three years ago on a mild January day for the 1960s reunion lunch.
Later in life he also tried to educate me on his politics with many facts and figures gleaned from information courtesy of his Daily Mail Diploma, but with no success.
He is sorely missed by his son and twin daughters.
William DRUMMOND (Tower 1951) 6th April 1934 – 1st April 2018, died after a fall aged 83.
Obituary taken from The Times …
William Drummond was an art dealer to whom discoveries happened, or, as he put it, things “manifested themselves”. One weekend in 1964 he found a print of a giant sitting on a hillside in the shilling box outside a junk shop on Kings Road in Chelsea. He had recently been to a Goya exhibition and this had Goya written on the mount. He took it home and pinned it to the wall to enjoy, until he happened to mention it to a friend, Richard Day of Sotheby’s prints and drawings department. It was recognised as an impression of Goya’s rare El Coloso and sold to the Boston Fine Arts Museum for £20,000 (about £400,000 today). With that Drummond bought his first house, once the Dulwich home of David Cox, the 19thcentury watercolourist.
Although their background was not particularly artistic his father occasionally bought pictures at the Royal Academy, and Bill and his elder brothers gravitated to the art trade. Nick and Bill became picture dealers. David, the eldest, opened Pleasures of Past Times, the second-hand bookshop specialising in theatre in Cecil Court, off Charing Cross Road in central London. Nick’s boyhood interests were drawing and numismatics, and he would cycle around the junk shops of Crystal Palace and Dulwich, sometimes with Bill and his prep school friend Jim Sellick. Sellick’s parents were avid collectors and when Bill found a horse portrait by John Nott Sartorius, he sold it to them for £4. At the same time Bill ran a black market in sweet coupons at Dulwich
College in southeast London, which he financed by selling Nick’s copies of Leonardo drawings. On one occasion he bought a suitcase full of old spectacles of various shapes and colours and irritated the teacher
by getting the entire class to wear a different pair every day. Elegantly colourful spectacles became a life-long trademark, as did bright red socks.
William Drummond was born in 1934, the youngest son of John Neill Drummond, a director of Pickfords the hauliers, and Jeanne Alice (née Pell), who was of partly French descent. Schooling was disrupted by the Blitz,
and his progress was erratic. He was hyperactive; art and sport had greater appeal than more academic subjects and he represented Surrey as a runner. After the Dulwich headmaster warned that “if your son doesn’t improve, I shall have to ask him to leave”, he was transferred to Dean Close in the Lent term of 1948. He became a house prefect in Tower House, gained his School colours for Rugby, was a Lance Corporal in the
CCF and appointed the School Librarian. Whilst in Cheltenham he explored the Cotswolds on his bicycle, gaining a love of church architecture. He also discovered a junk shop run by Teddy Raymond, who had once bought a walled-up cellar full of port. Bill would join him for a glass and a bag of chips during lunch breaks.
He left school for National Service in the East Surrey Regiment. He failed to gain a commission but was appointed to the post of Corporal and sent to the Suez Canal Zone. Afterwards, as a reservist, he joined the London Scottish Regiment, which he greatly enjoyed.
His father helped him to a place with a City insurance broker, which he enjoyed less, although it gave him the chance to see works of art. Lunch hours might be spent in mudlarking for clay pipes in the Thames at Queenhithe. Later, even when besuited in the West End, he was a keen skip-diver, securing such diverse prizes as a pair of 18th-century candlesticks, and much-needed electric fans during heatwaves.
In 1956 he found a job with Sidney Sabin, a picture dealer in Cork Street, Mayfair. There he honed his eye and acquired a bank of contacts and clients, charming academics and collectors with his curiosity, lightly worn knowledge and gently anarchic wit. Among those who bought from him were Drue Heinz, Paul Mellon and
Jackie Kennedy. “She was always interested and
knowledgeable,” Drummond said of Mrs Kennedy, “but the thing I most remember about her is her extremely long, thin feet.”
He had as keen an eye for an attractive woman as for a fine drawing, and when Sabin would not offer enough to secure Nina Preston, a would-be gallery assistant, Drummond made up her wage from his own. They married in 1960 and their daughters, Sadie and Dido, were encouraged to look at everything with curiosity. They would go on to take a rather bohemian approach to regular employment. On them, with their cousin Harriet, the Senior Director for British art on paper at
Christie’s, falls the task of sorting out his remaining accumulations. He and Nina divorced in 1990; she predeceased him.
Drummond opened the Covent Garden Gallery in
1976, offering pictures to collectors of all pocket lengths. At the Grosvenor House fairs his stand was crammed with interesting things, priced on labels written in brown ink. He also made his own mounts. In 1986 he cofounded the annual World of Drawings fair at the Park Lane Hotel.
Among the applicants to be his gallery assistant was a vivacious redhead. Before he had made his choice, he ran into a fellow dealer who said: “I hear that Fergie’s coming to work for you.” Drummond had not told her any such thing but thought it showed spirit and so he employed Sarah Ferguson, the future Duchess of York. He found her “unbelievably efficient, helpful, outgoing and thoughtful. She even managed to make me eat, which is quite a feat.”
A discovery at that time was a dirty little oil landscape that his brother Nick bought for £38 in a job lot at Bonhams and sold to him at a suitable mark-up. It had a faint inscription on the back pointing to Brightwell, a Suffolk hamlet near the home of his parents-in-law. He thought it might make a good present.
After cleaning, its quality became evident, but not its authorship. He and Nina found the spot where it had been painted and glanced into the church that appears in the distance. There they found a framed article from an 1829 copy of The Gentleman’s Magazine which mentions that the writer had a watercolour of Brightwell, copied from an oil painting by John Constable.
Drummond’s panel was quite unlike Constable’s loosely painted little oil sketches, being fully finished. However, at the London Library he found a Constable letter referring to a commission at Brightwell. Eventually in 1980 he took it to the Tate on his scooter with a dossier of supporting evidence. After an excruciatingly long examination, Leslie Parris, the authority at the time, told him: “We could do with a Constable like this in our collection.” It was bought for almost £110,000 (about £530,000 today). Research has revealed that the two tiny dots on the road are probably the smallest identifiable figures painted: the Rev Mr Barnwell, who
commissioned it, and the blacksmith’s son, who watched Constable at work.
The Covent Garden Gallery was demolished during the rebuilding of the Royal Opera House in the Nineties. Drummond began working by appointment from chambers in Ryder Street, St James’. He did his research in a much-loved Dorset cottage.
Convivial to a fault, he was a member of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on- Crouch as well as the Garrick, and was often to be found at that 18th-century throwback, the Academy Club in Soho. He was also a proud Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. As he
succumbed to dementia, he continued to enjoy opera and sometimes expressed himself in French.
John Michael Kemp of Summerland, British Columbia, Canada passed away on Monday 9th April 2018 at the age of 80 after a stay in Penticton Regional Hospital. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his
wife, Ann, of 56 years; son Michael (Blanche) Kemp; daughter Patricia (Dwayne) Johnson; grandchildren Erin, Brandon, Brianni, Brett, and Scott; and great grandchildren Jayden, Bentley, Victoria, and Mavrick. John was predeceased by his parents, James and Annie Kemp, and his brother David.
John started at Dean Close in 1950 and joined Gate House. He was active in all parts of School life; he was a School Prefect, a Sergeant in the CCF and was very sporty. He especially concentrated on and loved swimming, hockey and rugby, gaining School colours for all of those sports. After Dean Close he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.
In 1969 John, along with his wife and children, emigrated to Canada. He spent his career as an insurance underwriter and had also been a school board trustee in North Vancouver, BC and an alderman in Golden, BC. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Summerland and SOWTS. He had many hobbies including golf, curling, gardening, reading and world travels. Ann mentioned, ‘They were fortunate to celebrate his 80th Birthday on 27th November while
on a Western Mediterranean cruise’.
He had a lifelong passion for steam trains and model railway building. John was a very intelligent, quiet, kind and gentle man with a dry British sense of humour. His family was loved and very important to him. His Service
of Remembrance was held on 10th May 2018 at St Stephen Anglican Church, Summerland, BC.
African teachers. His tour lasted three years, by the end of which he had begun teaching non science subjects at a secondary school. That led to teaching Latin in Lusaka for University applicants as well as History.
In 1955, at the end of his first tour, Pat returned home and married Gina. They returned to Livingstone, where Pat continued inspecting schools and Gina did secretarial work. They returned to England in 1961, now with a family of two sons, Peter and Richard, for Pat to teach Classics at the Royal Hospital School near Ipswich. A third son, Nick, arrived in 1964.
In 1969, Pat and Gina moved to Cheltenham on Pat’s appointment as Classics Master at what was then Dean Close Junior School. He was a staff member for the next twenty years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Initially a House Tutor of Yeaman, he was appointed Housemaster from 1973-80. He became Acting Second Master
(Deputy Head) in March 1981, being confirmed in the post in September the same year. He retired in July 1989.
Pat was a keen cricketer and ran the Junior School 3rd XI from 1978–82 and the 2nd XI from 1983–89. He also helped with Colts Rugby in the 1970s and the 3rd XV, and acted as Master i/c Squash.
However, Pat’s interests were not confined to sport. He was Young Decanian Editor 1978-83. Keen on classical music well into retirement, he continued singing bass in the Junior School Chapel Choir and in Dean Close Choral Society. His love of sailing, developed at Ipswich, was expressed in organizing annual cruises for DCJS children, first on the SS Nevada, later on the SS Uganda, mostly in the 1970s. His love of archaeology was put to good use in the Archaeology Club that flourished in the 1970s. For a brief time he ran a Gardening Club and in the early 1980s he ran a Cycling Proficiency course during the holidays. He was interested in School productions, reviewing several and even appearing as a ‘robber’ in the Staff Panto of 1980.
His last project before retirement was the Adventure Playground built in 1989, parts of which are still in use today between the Covered Playground and the School Field.
In retirement he continued his Dean Close connections. He was a volunteer with the Archives Department, finding press stories about Dean Close Schools every week. He continued singing with Dean Close Choral Society and came to watch cricket matches as well as attending concerts, dramatic performances and Speech
Days. Apart from his Dean Close commitments,
Pat was also a member of three other choirs, and a regular attender at the Three Choirs Festivals.
He was a life member of Gloucestershire Cricket Club and tried to attend Cheltenham Cricket Week. He was a committed member of Christ Church, Cheltenham and of Cheltenham Civic Society, and a strong advocate for and supporter of, the project to open a museum in honour of Gustav Holst in Cheltenham.
Apart from the joy of his seven grandchildren, Pat couldn’t resist a little teaching. For a while he taught reading to primary school children at Christ Church Primary.
Pat will long be remembered as an essentially quiet, loyal, hard-working, committed Christian and gentleman and a servant of the Dean Close Community of whom it can be justly proud.
Jack entered Dean Close in 1952 and left in 1954 with a Scholarship into the Navy. He soon switched to Accountancy and moved to New Zealand, where he met and married Beth (a teacher). He had a very distinguished career as an accountant. He was a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand; only 58 such honours granted worldwide and only two to UK citizens. He was also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and Fellow Governance New Zealand of which there are only 250 Fellows in New Zealand.
His family whilst at DCS lived on Brick House Farm in Up Hatherley. One of his brothers also came to Dean Close, Martin Jenner (Gate 1951), who now resides in
Australia. He will be very much missed by Beth, his wife for 53 years, his children Alan and Tania, and Marian, and grandchildren Ana, Andrei, Charlotte and Tessa. A service for Jack was held at Mount Albert Methodist Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
28th February 1939 – 27th November 2017,
died aged 78.
David, former Uppingham School Master and beloved husband of Katherine and brother of Michael (Brook 1963), died peacefully at home on 27th November after a protracted illness. The funeral service took place at Uppingham School Chapel on Saturday 16th December 2017.
David was Head of School whilst at Dean Close and Captain of Rugby, gaining his School colours in 1956 and 1957. He went on to study Classics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He was a long serving and much loved School Master at Uppingham where he was a Classics Master, Housemaster, Director of Studies and Second Master.
A eulogy for Paul Tipper by friend John
Harding (Tower 1958).
I first met Paul in September 1951. It was the first day of boarding away from home at Dean Close Junior School, Cheltenham. We were in the same dormitory of seven beds. On either side of me were Tipper and Tucker. I was homesick. I think Paul was too. We both covered up our losses as best we could. The Junior Matron was long legged, young and beautiful. “Tipper”, said Tucker, “when matron comes in ask her to stand on the bed and open the window and then we can look up her legs”. Paul smiled precociously. “Matron, can you open the window?”
“Tipper”, she said, “I’m not falling for that game, it’s been tried before.” We roared with laughter and in a sense throughout our 66 years of friendship at one time or another we never stopped laughing.
Paul had nicknames – Ginger tabs or Mekon bonce after the character in the Dan Dare episodes of the Eagle. Always popular, sociable, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his new friends. Both of us missed home. You survive through a network of developing friendships. Paul was often on the fringe of trouble in the Junior School. He had a habit of placing his hand over his mouth, whispering obscenities to the person nearest to him, which made us laugh in front of a master. We were punished, he was not!
He was never a team player in the sense of enjoying rugby or cricket, but he did excel at hand sports like table tennis and tennis. Paul and I both had older brothers in the Senior School. We joined them in the same house, Tower, two years later (again, he was
in the cubicle next to mine).
In his teenage years, Paul had a girlfriend in Cheltenham called Hazel. She was the daughter of a chauffeur /gardener to one of Paul’s friends’ fathers, called Ross Cole. Hazel’s parents were a humble couple and she was the only child. Paul and Hazel wrote to each other for three years, four times a week at least. This romance with Hazel became like a running edition of the Archers. Almost every day in the dormitory at night he read the latest epistle from Hazel. He went to their home for tea on Sundays, often illicitly. I suspect, as did
others, that the family life of Hazel and her parents with their caring stability gave Paul something he did not possess in his own family. The relationship lasted for three years. He was endlessly teased about Hazel but
nothing really flustered him. I believe Hazel’s
family helped them survive some difficult years.
Paul, as he grew older and, particularly, in the last 10 years of his life when he was with Megan, became a focus for the Old Decanian Fellowship in London. He organised reunions in pubs and restaurants in Chelsea and Sloane Square. At the Sloane Square restaurant called Cotes, he was always reserved a table by a Polish head waitress who looked after Paul with devotion. He always tipped her generously and asked after her family. She will miss him. Paul was that kind of man.
After hearing of his death, I wrote to the OD secretary Alex telling him of Paul’s death. He was hugely saddened and I reminded him that Dean Close was part of Paul’s DNA, giving him an extra sense of belonging and recognition.
In the decade that followed our departure from Dean Close School, I was not much in touch with Paul and did not see his beautiful daughters by Jenny, Alison and Harriet, although we got know them later. He progressed in the City and became a partner in a city brokering firm. He also gave a leg up to his brother who joined the same company. We saw much more of Paul when he married Judy and they had Jonathan and David.
We saw Paul and Judy, either in Richmond, Nottingham or in Exeter. He was devoted to his children by Jenny and Judy. These were good years for him. He was generous, openhearted, successful in the city and full of fun.
He took me to Twickenham, on a wine tour of the Bordeaux, to expensive restaurants in the Exeter area and pubs in the City with his claret drinking broker friends.
In his fifties, Paul met Jo who gave birth to his
last son, Christian.
Latterly, Paul met Megan, the fifth Mrs Tipper, and as she said memorably at their wedding, the last Mrs Tipper. She was his rock, his support, confidante and friend. Without her he would have found it difficult to survive. She gave him the base to enjoy life, meeting old
friends, supporting his children, watching
Chelsea, enjoying Tenerife and India, and settling for a slightly quieter life. Most times I saw him in the latter years we talked of his children and grandchildren. They were the joy of his life. He rejoiced in their triumphs and successes and agonised when they had setbacks in their own lives. He reflected on his own life and the sense of dismay of his childhood after the breakup of his parents’ marriage. We missed our brothers too, now dead. We both attended the other brothers’ funerals.
I should mention here my wife Flick, who he has known for all of 55 years. She, too, has been a rock for Paul throughout our married life. We were both hugely grateful to him for all his generosity over the years and she, like many of his close personal friends, offered a
haven to Paul when he was on his uppers and a little low in spirit. She sustained him with meals and food and always a listening ear. She loved him, his roguish behaviour as well as his best-behaved appearances.
Finally, I shall miss the phone calls which always began something like this. “Tipper, where have you been, you scab. What the hell have you been up to now?” Roars of laughter and a mild retaliation from him, “Why haven’t
you returned my calls recently, John?” The awful silence will be filled by the memory; it’s the best we can do. Bless you Paul, you have left an unforgettable stamp on our lives.
Paul was buried at Mortlake at a private ceremony on 29th March and his Memorial Service was held at St Paul’s Church, Chiswick on 10th April (which was Paul’s
birthday), followed by a wake at The Bull’s Head, Strand-on-the-Green. Paul’s fervent wish was to support the Cats Welfare Charity in Tenerife, a charity he got to know over the years because of his love of cats…www.catswelfare-tenerife.com/donation/
Jeremy Crawford came from a Royal Marine home. Both his parents and two brothers had been in the Service. He had an older sister, Marianne, and a younger brother, Andrew. He attended DCS from 1956-
1961, following in the footsteps of his father Anthony (Brook 1933) and uncle Charles (Brook 1937). In his final year at School, Jeremy was awarded the role of Prefect and gained his 1st XV Rugby colours. Jeremy
was always noted as a very passionate Brook House sports player.
A RN Scholarship led to the RM Officer Training (1961-63). A variety of postings followed, including Singapore, where Marianne was at the British High Commission. The high point of his career was undoubtedly his secondment to the Trucial Oman Scouts (1969), where he built up a considerable reputation. He was fluent
in local Arabic, at home in the Empty Quarter, and on his return often did not give much respect to any roundabouts that confronted his Land Rover! In the mess, his favourite tipple was ‘rusty nails’ (mixed Drambuie and Whiskey).
Leaving the Service in 1979, he read Estate Management at Reading and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. After working with Knight, Frank and Rutley, he settled in Clapham and began a new career in picture framing, which he called FHF: Frame ’em, Hang ’em and Flog ’em. It was a trade he enjoyed, excelled in, and was well known for. Every wall in his house was covered with
his work … so it became his ‘showroom’.
His house enabled him to rent out the top room, but he was fairly choosy in his selection. In 1993 the room was taken by one, Simone Adams, and in time a relationship developed. In 1998, despite his age of 55 and Simone’s unquestionable youth (20 years younger) and attractiveness, they married. It was a stunning partnership which brought them both out of themselves
in very different ways. Within 3 years, Jeremy was diagnosed with emphysema, which ultimately led to his early death. Simone was there for him right up to the
end. In 2014, she felt obliged to surrender her successful post in Advertising in order to care for Jeremy full time. Her staggering devotion and love made all the difference to his final years.
Jeremy was a highly respected individual, a charming host, an exciting person to be with, full of wit, humour and dare devilishness. Not always popular with authority, he lived life to the full, but always with a genuine concern for others. Deeply respected by all who knew him well, he will be sorely missed.
A Memorial Service was held at Chelsea Old
Church on 26th April 2018.
1st June 1940 – 17th December 2017, died aged 77 from complications following treatment for cancer. The funeral was held on 15th January 2018 at Toddington
Jonathan was born in Cheltenham in June 1940 to parents Mac and Nora Wilson, with three sisters, Christine the eldest and twins Caroline and Elizabeth. His mother died in 1951 when Jonathan was eleven years old. His mother had been a Sister at Cheltenham General Hospital.
Jonathan joined the School from the Junior School in 1954, joining Brook House when ‘Moke’ Hoare was
Housemaster. He clearly began to make his mark when
in 1955 he was recorded in the Decanian as having
produced a dignified music cupboard in a recess behind
the organ which he made and installed during the Christmas holidays. The editor remarked how we are
indebted to him for his enrichment of our furnishings.
Before this, in the summer of 1954 we first met him as playing the daughter of Jessica Shylock in the School
production of The Merchant of Venice. He was confirmed with 56 other boys in March 1955 by
the Rt. Rev’d. W M Asquith, Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
In the summer of this same year he is mentioned in the
CCF report of summer camp, which did not go too well,
as CQMS – Cpl I J Wilson. In 1957, the School put on a
production of The Beggars Opera in the open-air theatre – where else in those days?
Jonathan was especially mentioned for ‘sketching’ a
superbly vulgar portrait of the jailer. He is also listed as a House Prefect.
Jonathan left school in 1958, joining his father in the family business Amos Wilson, quality builders in
Cheltenham whose specialty was fitting out banks with
all that mahogany. In later years, in partnership with
Sean Walsh, they developed a contracting business to
spread their expertise into other fields.
For many years Jonathan was a keen sailor based at
Salcombe and then his interests evolved into vintage
motor cars when he attended many rallies, making new
friends in the process.
His first wife Sheila and he had two boys, Andrew and
Ian, but later divorced. For the last eight years Jonathan
was married to Margaret and they had settled in Toddington near Winchcombe. Nigel Fuller-Shapcott
(Brook 1958) acted as best man for both his marriages. Jonathan had been an active round-tabler and a freemason in Royal Union Lodge, Cheltenham for 50
years. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Written by John Dodwell (Field 1959), assisted by Ross
Cole (Tower 1958) and Nigel Fuller-Shapcott (Brook
David, former Uppingham School Master and beloved husband of Katherine and brother of Michael (Brook 1963), died peacefully at home on 27th November after a protracted illness. The funeral service took place at Uppingham School Chapel on Saturday 16th December 2017.
David was Head of School whilst at Dean Close and Captain of Rugby, gaining his School colours in 1956 and 1957. He went on to study Classics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He was a long serving and much loved School Master at Uppingham where he was a Classics Master, Housemaster, Director of Studies and Second Master.
Passed away in Cheltenham on 11th November 2017, aged 87 years. Husband to the late Valerie. Peter was a Schoolmaster at Dean Close from September 1958 to July 1978. He arrived from Chatham House in Ramsgate where he taught previously. Peter was involved in many aspects of Dean Close life. He was a teacher of Modern Languages, later becoming Head of Department, and was succeeded by Mr C J Carmell. He was also Housemaster of Brook for 14 years, from 1964 to 1978, and he handed the role over to Mr T G Odell when he left.
The Headmaster in his speech at Commemoration spoke at some length about his service and the difference to Dean Close that Peter had made. He was a true Schoolmaster.
It was written in the Michaelmas edition of the 1978
Decanian… “When Peter Smith took over as Housemaster of Brook, the House had neither settled down to its new abode, nor had it accustomed itself after Stanley Hoare’s long and distinguished tenure to the idea of a different Housemaster. With both these problems Peter Smith coped in his own straightforward manner.
The standards he asked for were simple yet high, with hard work, sound discipline and an uncomplicated
approach to all matters being the virtues he demanded.
Hence the House under his leadership soon settled into a unit, as united as it had been in the past. Much credit
must go to him for this.
He also found time for many activities outside his House, and he has been one of those band of Housemasters, who, while usually being the busiest men in the School, have still managed to give more than most to out-of- School activities, particularly on the games field.
His funeral took place on Tuesday 28th November at the South Chapel, Cheltenham Crematorium.
John was born in Bristol in 1938. The family relocated to Cheltenham to avoid the bombing at the beginning of the Second World War, and John went to school at Airthrie and Berkhampstead before boarding in Tower House at Dean Close, where today his granddaughters, Alice and Emma, are following in his footsteps.
Dean Close, under Headmaster Douglas Graham, had a significant and lasting impression on John. Throughout his life he was often attending Old Decanian events where, I guess, “old boys” would become “young boys” again.
John was not your academic type – more your hands-on technical type. He was a successful athlete at school, and well-liked by staff and fellow pupils alike. Cross-country running was John’s forte and the winning of the VICTOR LUDORUM in 1956 at Dean Close for his athletic achievements was a very proud moment in his life.
After leaving school in 1956, John was caught up in the tail end of National Service, spending two years in the Royal Engineers – REME or as John often joked, “Rough Engineering Made Easy”. When he was not running for his regiment, John was either fixing or changing tank or lorry engines, gaining skills he would use for the rest of his life. On leaving the army, John had the most significant piece of luck of his life in meeting a pretty, petite blonde girl at the Town Hall Dance – where else in the early 60s?!!! … and marrying Gill some two years later. Theirs was a strong relationship lasting for the next 57 years.
In the 1960s, John and Gill had their three children – Stephen, Jeremy and Lucy, who in turn have gone on to produce 10 lovely grandchildren – 4 boys and 6 girls … so far.
John’s father died suddenly in 1971 leaving John to run and grow Cheltenham Surfacing into the successful and well-respected business it is today. Whilst John was devoted to his work, he often said to me he was always happiest at home with Gill and his expanding family around him. He didn’t like to travel far, only flying once on a business trip to Italy. He was not comfortable in confined spaces and was an annoying passenger to have in your car, consistently giving you a driving lesson until
you gave in and let him move behind the wheel.
Bournemouth was to become John and Gill’s “Costa” and they bought an apartment there in the 1980s which became a family escape and home from home, all without having to get onto another aeroplane.There were happy family times with Stephen working through the business from the bottom up and Jeremy pursuing an academic route through college, eventually setting up his own successful quantity surveying business. At Bisham Abbey, Lucy developed her considerable tennis
skills as a player and eventually a coach, skills she had inherited from her mother who is still a very competitive tennis player and an ever-present supporter for Alice and Emma at Dean Close.
He formed a close relationship with two retired bank managers – Geoff Miller and Peter Mason – three ‘Ms’ who John liked to call the Three Musketeers. Probably a more appropriate title for the group would have been ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ – wine there was aplenty! They played a lot of social golf and were members of Cotswold Hills and even played golf exclusively in the
Queen’s back garden at Windsor. Their den was the New Club in Cheltenham.
They had many yachting trips together over the
years and Geoff tells of John`s first visit to France where they sent him out to get some croissants, bread and milk, only to have him arrive back with two boxes of wine instead, as they were on a special offer, and complaining it was dangerous out there with cars driving on the wrong side of the road!
On a later Channel crossing their engine broke down. Despite hating working in confined spaces, he located the problem and made a temporary repair by cutting up a section of an old baked bean tin!
John had a great ability to fix and mend anything for anyone, using his extensive practical skills and impressive range of tools. Occasionally he became
carried away and Geoff recalls him fixing a wobbling three-legged table. John’s solution to this was to add a fourth leg to stabilise it, much to Geoff’s and wife Jo’s surprise!
When I retired some 10 years ago we spent a lot of time together, playing golf and keeping my stables and paddocks up together where his granddaughter Steffi was keeping her horses. In this environment John was in his element using his army skills.
John was not an animal lover and I still smile to myself seeing ‘big John’ being chased across the field by a miniature 3’ high Shetland pony – he wasn’t so quick then as in his school days!
John will be sadly missed as a loving husband,
brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather and
William Clarke GRAHAM (Walton Court 1941). Passed away on 7th October 2017 at the fine age of 93.
Born on 2nd February 1923, William came to Dean Close in 1936, leaving in the summer of 1941.
William was a very good hockey player and received School colours for his efforts. He was also Lance Corporal in the Junior Training Corps, which put him in good stead for when he was a Captain in India with the Army. After the Army, William became a Chartered
Surveyor, firstly working for the Inland Revenue, then later became a Senior Partner in a specialist surveying company, from which he retired in 1986.
Roger arrived at the Junior School in February 1944 coming up to the Senior School in September 1945 and leaving in 1949. He served his National Service in the Medical Corps and after he completed his service read Social Services at the London School of Economics. He became a Probation Officer, which he found he did not have the patience for, but became very interested in criminal law. He used correspondence courses to obtain a Law degree and practiced as a solicitor in many firms around the country focusing on criminal law. His wife Jane mentioned that ‘he then decided that he was tired of defending criminals’ and became a prosecutor, working as a special casework lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service in Brighton, where he worked until his retirement.
David Christian James Stuart CLAYRE (Brook 1949) died peacefully in the early hours of August 2nd in Grindsted, Denmark, aged 85, after suffering with Alzheimer’s for the final years of his life. His memorial service took place on 9th August at the Chapel of Grindsted Kirke.
After studying at Dean Close for nine years, alongside his brothers Iain and Alastair, he went on to have a successful career as a Biology teacher, firstly at Alleyns School, Dulwich, then St. Paul’s Boys’ School, before moving permanently to teach Biology at Grindsted Gymnasium & HF in Denmark.
Brian BATTY (DCJS Fortfield 1947) passed away on the 24th of June 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Brian was educated DCJS and boarded in Fortfield House. He lived with his wife Kathy in South Africa for the majority of his life but visited Dean Close in 2015 after being away from the School for 70 years! It was a joy to show him and his family around his old Junior School. He also joined us at an OD South Africa Social in Johannesburg in June that same year.
Brian was quite the sportsman in the Junior School winning the under eight 80 yard dash in 1944 and the under nine competition the following year.
He remembered his time at Dean Close very fondly, even though it was a very distressing time for the country. Brian remembers having to black out all the windows in Fortfield.
A black out was enforced across the country to try and scupper German plane navigation and deter night air bombing attacks.
When Brian left DCJS in 1947 all of his class mates and some teachers signed a piece of paper as a farewell, which he always kept.
(Mike) Anthony Michael John TOWNSHEND (Tower 1945) passed away peacefully in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on the 12th June 2017, aged 87. Anthony attended Dean Close from 1941 – 1945 alongside his brother Peter (Tower 1943).
Peter sent his son to Dean Close, Richard (Dale 1977). Anthony lived in Cranham and Cheltenham all of his life and a Service of Thanksgiving was held at St James The Great in Cranham on 12th July 2017, which followed a family service of committal at Cheltenham Crematorium
Kathryn Ann Claire ROWE-JONES (Shelburne 1983) passed away on the 16th April 2017 aged 51 after a battle with Cancer. Kate boarded in Shelburne House arriving in the Lent term of 1980 and stayed until the end of U6th in 1983. Whilst at School she captained the 2nd VII netball side and in the 1983 season only lost two matches, players in that side included Clare Matthew, Anna Forgaard, Claire Fletcher, Sarah Cowie, Alison Jones, Emma Cookson, Lucy Herring and Melinda Morris. Kate joined 19 other pupils on the School Ski trip in January 1982 which visited Bardonnechia in Northern Italy. On this trip Kate had to be ‘rescued’ after crashing and was brought down on a ‘blood wagon’, all was well though as Kate and teaching staff saw the funny side! Kate also joined in with the theatrical side of Dean Close and on one occasion starred in the Gate House play, ‘A Penny for a Song’, which got great reviews. She also sent her daughter, Olivia, to Dean Close, who followed in her footsteps and also boarded in Shelburne and left in 2015.
After leaving Dean Close, she studied Physiotherapy at King’s College, London. During her working life Kate predominately lived in Bournemouth and taught at Bournemouth University, where she had a special interest in qualitative research and the management of long-term disease. Kate was diagnosed with cancer in January 2015. Always a keen gardener, during her treatment one of the most important aspects of her life was her garden. Even on days when she felt really poorly, being able to potter in the garden or greenhouse made her feel physically and psychologically better.
Watching The Chelsea Flower Show Kate saw MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston being interviewed, discussing the therapeutic effects of gardening and the healing role it can play. Coupled with this and Kate’s personal experiences of gardening and its positive impact upon her, Kate set up Allium-Healing Spaces to work with those facing the challenges of cancer, turning areas of local wasteland into bountiful gardens. Kate passed away on the 16th April 2017 aged 51.
Sarah Jennifer CAMPBELL (nee COLLINSON) (Fawley 2003) passed away in the early hours of Saturday 25th March, aged 32. A memorial service for Sarah was held on the 10th April at Christ Church Highbury in London. All donations went to the charity CoppaFeel, and you can still donate at www.sarah-campbell.muchloved.com. Sarah lived in North London with her husband Fraser and worked at John Lewis Head Office.
Sarah joined the School along with her brother Ian, both starting off in the Junior School in the 1990s. When moving up to the Senior School, Sarah boarded in Fawley from 1998 to 2003 and in her U6th year became Head of House for Mrs Burroughs. Whilst at School, Sarah got involved in many aspects of School life; she gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, was the MD of a student’s young enterprise scheme called CobWeb which sold Christmas cards and customised clothing, and also performed in many plays, one of them being Salad Days when she was in the Junior School. At Commemoration in 2003 Sarah was awarded the Woodward Prize for Economics.
John Moreton GRIFFITHS (Gate 1954) passed away on the 14th of March 2017 aged 80. John was married to Maggie and they spent a considerable time of their married life in South Africa where John was a Mining Director of a construction equipment company. In retirement they moved to Monmouth. Maggie mentions, “He still possessed his Common Entrance Papers dated June 1950 and l see the fees for his first term were £65! John was a more than fair sportsman and l often had the thoughts of Mr Girling quoted to me during our married life!”
John entered the Senior School in 1950 into Gate House and in 1954 was made a House Prefect alongside JE Cecil, DJ Foster and JM Kemp. He was a good sportsman receiving XXX Colours in Rugby. John always stayed in contact with the School and attended many South Wales OD Area Dinners, usually held at the Royal Hotel in Cardiff, and he also came back when he could to Commemoration.
David William Thomason VERITY (Walton 1948) passed away peacefully on 17th February 2017 aged 84. Beloved husband of Sheila, dear father of Susanne and Michael and a much loved grandfather. A Service of Thanksgiving for his Life was held at Salwarpe Church on Thursday, March 9th. David lived with his wife Sheila in Droitwich for many years and whilst at School, and for a while afterwards, lived at Long Itchingham near Rugby.
David entered the Senior School in 1945. Whilst at School he got his house colours for rugby in 1948, gained his certificate “A”, was a cadet in the CCF, became Chairman of the Young Farmers’ Club and was confirmed by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, The Rt. Rev’d CS Woodward, MC, DD.
Roger Lee STALEY (Walton Court 1949) passed away peacefully at Beech House Care Home in Thornbury, Bristol on Saturday 4th February 2017 aged 83. Roger, a retired farmer and local preacher, lived all his life at Kington Mead Farm, Thornbury. He was a well-respected member of both the Thornbury farming and church community and will be sadly missed by his wife Hazel, children David, Helen and Jonathan, his 6 grandchildren, his 3 great grandchildren and all who knew him. He will be remembered as a true gentleman and a man whose life reflected his faith and his love for God. He entered Dean Close in 1946 and whilst here became very good at gymnastics, gaining his house colours in ’48 and ’49. He also received his house colours for hockey and rugby in ‘49. Staley gained his Certificate “A”, was a cadet in the CCF and became Secretary of the Young Farmers Club. Whilst in office he sold four of the Young Farmers’ reared pigs to the kitchens for a considerable sum, which helped pay to repair the sty!
The Rev’d John Reddie BLYTH (MA) (Court 1942) died peacefully, aged 91, in a care home at Newick East Sussex on 19th January 2017 following several slight strokes. Born in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, he later moved with the family to Haslemere, Surrey in 1930. After 9 years at the Stroud Prep School in Grayswood, he entered Dean Close in 1938 into Walton Court House where he became Head of House and Head of School.
He left in 1943 for National Service in the Navy – Sub Lieutenant RNVR and honoured to serve on HMS Norfolk when she repatriated King Haakon of Norway in June 1945 after his 5 years exile in the UK during the war. He studied Classics at Wadham College, Oxford (MA) and while in the Navy felt called to the Anglican ministry and studied Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge where his Principle was The Rev’d S Faulkner Allison (OD 1919) later Bishop of Winchester. John was ordained in Liverpool Cathedral 1950.
John had Curacies in Southport and Hadleywood, Cockfosters. Following that, he became a vicar in Plymouth (in the adjacent parish was the Rev’d (later Rt Rev’d) Denis Waveling (OD 1937) who later became Bishop of Southwell). He later moved to Cambridge to be the organising secretary of The Church Pastoral Aid Society for the Cambridge area 1963 – 1970. Finally, he moved to be the Vicar of St Luke’s Parkstone, Dorset and retired in 1990 to Newick, East Sussex.
He had played in house teams at school and was an accomplished violinist, and in retirement he enjoyed helping the local Vicar and playing in the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. Younger brother of Robert Blyth OD (1941) who died of wounds in France soon after D-Day in 1944, and elder brother of Dr Arthur Graham Blyth OD (1944).
Anthony Austen MAY (Court 1959) died in December 2016 aged 73. He started at Dean Close in the Junior School and came up into Court House in 1957, leaving in 1959. Anthony came back to School in 2012 for a 1950s Reunion. He lived in Coventry in the Midlands.
Colin PARRY-WILLIAMS (Tower 1959) died after a long fight with liver cancer on 26th September 2016.
He was one of life’s characters, a one-off, very much his own man and lived life his way. You were always aware of his presence, his laugh, his strong political views and a man who did not suffer fools gladly. He was not an academic but someone who got things done.
For many years his life was the transport business, starting with a second hand car transporter, sleeping in the cab, and from this he ended up as Director of a publicity quoted company on the London Stock Exchange. Latterly he was involved in the movement of fruit and vegetables from around the world supplying the major supermarkets, and as an angel investor supporting various businesses. His two great interests were Rugby and Motor Racing. Colin was a member of the 1st Rugby XV which went through the 1959 season unbeaten, quite a record considering the quality of opposition. For such an extrovert he was, on the field, a quiet determined prop forward which reflected his determination in life. He raced his own Lola T70, a famous car from the ‘70s with the Historic Sports Car Club and his claim to fame was a TV mention by no less than Murray Walker as a driver to watch. Motor Racing matched his individualistic character. He was known by his contemporaries for insisting on wearing his pyjamas on the Parade Ground underneath his CCF uniform which itched him to distraction, much to the dismay of RSM Benions. This was typical Colin.
For all his forthright views, he was a kind and fair man, proud of his country. He leaves wife Jane, of 49 years, 2 sons Simon and Guy, and 4 grandchildren. Thanks to RW (Stan) Close (Tower 1959) for this entry.
avid Rudgley LAVERTON (Walton Court 1952) died on the 2nd September 2016, aged 82. David lived with his family in Badgeworth, locating there as his father was an Engineer at Brockworth Aerodrome. Dean Close was chosen for his education and he started at the beginning of the Second World War at around the age of six. Whilst at Dean Close, David became a very keen cricketer. He was predominately a bowler for the 1st XI but could also score some runs with the bat and was awarded his Colours for cricket in 1952. David was a hockey goalkeeper and was awarded his XXII Colours in his final year. The Decanian mentions that DR Laverton was valiant in defending his goal. Outside of sport David was a L/Cpl in the CCF and was a House Prefect.
After his School years, came National Service and he was enrolled in heavy vehicle recovery. Once this came to an end he got a job working at Pirelli on the electrical side of the business. His role involved selling commercial electrical supplies for large industry. He worked at Pirelli for many years. During his working life, he moved from Gloucester to Gordano, then onto Tavistock, where his wife gave birth to their son, Andrew in 1964. In 1976, the family moved to Cornwall and David retired there in 1997, aged 63.
After many years living in Cornwall he and his wife Valerie moved to Pembroke, West Wales to start a small caravan park. Valerie survives David and they were married for nearly 60 years.
Frank HOWSE who was a long-serving School Electrician and very popular with the pupils, died in September, aged 81. His funeral took place on the 27th September in Cheltenham with friends and family going to the Rising Sun on Cleeve Hill afterwards. Frank worked for many years at Dean Close alongside Dennis Artus and knew the place inside out.
Born in 1932, Marjorie was originally from Liverpool and a radiographer, Marjorie married Hugh Cocksedge in 1953 when Hugh was teaching at King’s School, Taunton. They moved to Dean Close School in 1958, initially living at Shelburne Hall and then at Gate House where Hugh became Housemaster. Marjorie changed careers once their three children were at school, training as a Domestic Science teacher in Gloucester. They entertained a good deal at Gate House, both boys and staff, and Marjorie tried out exotic new dishes such as pizza and curry.
Every year the family took their caravan to the Dean Close Dartmoor summer camp which Hugh led. The pale blue Land Rover Hugh bought to transport boys around for Duke of Edinburgh award scheme expeditions doubled as the family car. After Dean Close, Marjorie and Hugh moved to Cambridgeshire to set up a rural studies centre for a London comprehensive school. Marjorie used her culinary and domestic skills there to manage the centre. Later they moved to Alton in Hampshire, where Hugh was Deputy Head of Lord Major Treloar College – a school for physically disabled children. Marjorie’s final teaching appointment was at Tante Marie School of Cordon Bleu Cookery.
During this period she achieved a lifelong ambition, gaining an Open University degree in Science. She had been denied this opportunity after leaving school, as priority for university places at the time was given to men returning from the war. Hugh and Marjorie became gourmets, enjoying good food and fine wine throughout their long and active retirement. This period included six cosmopolitan years in Ankara, where Hugh was priest for the Anglican Church in the grounds of the Embassy. Again cooking was much in evidence, Marjorie adding an appreciation of Turkish food to her list of accomplishments.
They settled back in Hampshire where they continued to entertain regularly and were keen members of the International Wine and Food Society. Marjorie and Hugh are survived by three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Dr Thomas Backhouse, died peacefully at Leamington Spa, aged 94. Beloved husband of Margaret and father of Tony, Philip, David and John. He was a former Vice-President of the Royal College of Radiology.
Dr Victor Percy WHITTAKER (Walton Court 1937) died aged 97 on the 5th July 2016 in Cambridge after a short illness. Doctor Whittaker was born on the 11th June 1919 in Ainsdale, England. He was educated at Dean Close School between 1932–1937, boarding in Court House and in his final year becoming a House Prefect. At Speech Day he won both the Charles & Elizabeth and the Flecker Price for Science, leaving Dean Close with a Higher Certificate and an ‘A’ Certificate. He was also prominent in the OTC in his time at School, where he achieved the rank of Corporal. After leaving Dean Close he went on to study at Brasenose College, Oxford as a Hulme Exhibitioner and read Biochemistry (MA DPhil). He was a Fellow of Wolfson College; Chief Research Scientist & Director of Neurochemistry Department, New York State Institute for Basic Research in Mental Retardation; Assistant Professor in Physiology, Cincinnati University, USA 1967–72; Deputy Head of the Max Plank Institute; Director of Scientific Research Max Plank Institute, Gottingen, Germany; awarded American Philosophical Society’s Carl Spencer Lashley Award for his contribution to Neurobiology 1978. Victor was best known as the British Biochemist who pioneered studies on the subcellular fractionation of the brain. He did this by isolating synaptosomes and synaptic vesicles from the mammalian brain and demonstrating that synaptic vesicles store the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Laura RICHARDSON, who was PA to the Senior Management Team at Dean Close, passed away on the 25th July 2016, aged 52. Laura was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July of 2015. A Thanksgiving Service was held in Dean Close Chapel on the 16th August. At this service a poem was read by former Dean Close English Teacher Chris Haslam, Bradley Salisbury (DCS Headmaster) gave a bible reading, and the service was led by the DCS Chaplain of the time The Rev’d Libby Talbot.
Laura was born on the 29th March 1964 and lived in Solihull and other locations throughout the West Midlands until joining the RAF. She married Andy and lived locally in Upleadon.
Laura joined the RAF as a typist in 1981 and was initially based at RAF Hereford. Whilst there, she trained to be a Personnel Administrator and worked for the RAF HR specialists. She completed tours in Scotland, two tours of The Falklands, and other locations in the UK including the Joint Service Command and Staff College. As Flight Sergeant, Laura left the RAF in 2006 after training to become a Specialist Leadership and Management Facilitator at the RAF Leadership and Management School. During this time Laura represented the RAF in horse riding, swimming, diving and netball.
After leaving the RAF, Laura became the PA to the Rural Advocate to the government, working at the Commission for Rural Communities in Cheltenham before finally coming to Dean Close as PA to the Senior Management Team in 2010. Joel (Pickford) her son attended Dean Close from the age of 7 until after his GCSEs before attending Pates for 6th form. Her hobbies were centred around her love of horse riding, especially dressage, at which she excelled, and both she and her horse, Riley entered and won, many competitions in and around the Gloucestershire area.
Paul was born, 28th August 1922, in Cardiff and was sent as a boarder to Dean Close School in 1932. His brother Eric and his father Leonard were also educated at Dean Close, as were his sons Richard and Andrew. Paul enjoyed Dean Close and excelled in athletics, gymnastics, diving and swimming. Between 1933 and 1940 when he left, the school archives record him 27 times winning or coming second in the 100 yards, 220 yards, long jump, quarter mile and diving. His performances in the long jump were described as being ‘worthy of special mention’. In 1939 Speech Day archives describe Paul Marquand’s diving display as ‘the best ever, deserving special congratulations for his splendid show’. He was awarded School Colours, House Colours, was captain of Swimming and the Gymnasium in 1939 and 1940. As a fit young pupil he and others were selected to assist with the building of the Open Air Theatre. Following School he joined the RAF Bomber Command and was in No 9 Squadron, based in Bardney near Lincoln.
After the war Paul started a business RKV in Cardiff with his best friend Alun Emlyn-Jones selling Ready Kleen Vegetables to hotels, guest houses and restaurants, unfortunately not a highly successful venture! He then moved to London to take up a sales position with a company selling carbon paper Copigraph, where he proved to be a phenomenal salesman. His natural skills allowed him join in 1955 the Cheltenham based firm Premiere Products, as a salesman in the South Wales area. In 1959 Dad was appointed UK Sales Manager requiring the family to move to Cheltenham. He travelled the UK training the growing sales-force.
In 1977 he was appointed Sales Director. Over the years Dad was instrumental in co. managing and directing the Company to achieve a turnover growth from approximately £1m to over £10 million with around 180 employees by the time he retired in 1985.
He was above all a caring and loving Husband to, Betty, a caring and loving Father to Richard and Andrew, a Father in Law to Shelley and Rose and an adoring and loving Grandfather to Amber and Tom. He in return was loved enormously by all his close family and will be missed hugely.
In the history of Dean Close School there are very few who have served the community for as long or as faithfully as Margaret Bowen. She originally came in 1972 as a temporary member of the catering staff. Over 44 years later she was still a member of the catering team as Evening Supervisor, even though she was well past retirement age.
When she first began work at the School, Dean Close had its own catering department, Christopher Turner was Headmaster and the Dining Halls – all three of them – were located where Fawley Day Room, the Resources Room and ICT are today. The kitchens were where the Design Technology Department is now.
In an interview she gave to The Decanian in 1999, Margaret remembered that when she first arrived there were fields where there are houses now, opposite the Estates entrance to the School. There was no astroturfs, then, no Bacon Theatre and no Music School. ‘…The food has improved dramatically since I’ve been here, ‘she said,’… in those days there were no salads or special foods or anything like that…’ She was at the School for its centenary in 1986, and right up to her last day at the School she always wore her School Centenary Brooch on her immaculate white blouse. A colleague said of her ‘…Her life was Dean Close School – she was a joy to work with…’
It didn’t matter whether you were a junior Decanian, an Old Decanian, a brand-new junior member of staff or a Headmaster, Margaret would treat you exactly the same, whether it was in the Dining Hall or at some function in Dean Close House or elsewhere. She had an enviable mix of warmth and interest in you as a person, and a prodigious memory for names, faces and families. She was always courteous and gave excellent service – nothing was ever too much trouble – but at the same time she insisted that she addressed you as she thought was appropriate. She felt that all staff should be addressedformally, however well she knew them and however much some tried to persuade her to be otherwise.
She was immensely proud of the School and its achievements, and also of her family. Her grandson, Jonjo Mitzzi, came to the School during the 1990s. She once remarked, referring to the School, that ‘…There is a wonderful feeling of a family community here…’, a feeling that she undoubtedly helped create .The memorial service, held in the School Chapel on Sunday 19th June was full to capacity with family, Old Decanians, former and present members of the catering staff and innumerable friends and colleagues from the wider School Community and beyond.
Messages of condolence had been received from all over the country and internationally. They came from all walks of life including the House of Lords. The Service was taken by former Headmaster the Revd. Tim Hastie-Smith and there were a number of heart felt eulogies, in what was a very moving service and a fitting tribute to a remarkable, much admired and loved personality.
We will all miss her and her welcoming smile hugely. May she Rest in Peace.
Graeme Edward Forster Bsc., BArch., FFB., FRIBA. Passed away after a short illness. Before his retirement, Graeme was a founding partner in Campodonic, Forster and Worsfold, a successful firm of architects in Cardiff. Graeme was also a member of the family ‘dynasty’ of Forsters and Metcalfs at Dean Close as brother to John, Robert and Andrew Forster and cousin to John, Geoffrey, Barry, Mark and Geoff Metcalf all of whom were in Tower House. Finally also uncle to Evie Metcalf who until recently was head of Shelburne House.
ROBERT LOUIS BARCILON (BROOK 1952)
Robert Louis BARCILON (Brook 1952) was born in Alexandria, Egypt on 17th March 1934. He attended Dean Close School where he developed a keen interest in aviation. In 1952 he joined the Royal Air Force and after successful completion of training, he was posted to his first Squadron, 111, flying the iconic Hawker Hunter. In his first year he was involved in the Suez Campaign and on their return to the UK 111 Sqn became the RAF Display Team flying beautifully painted black Hunters and calling themselves “The Black Arrows” – a name that would become synonymous with display flying and who would subsequently pave the way for the world famous Red Arrows. After 2 years of flying displays, Robert was lucky enough to find himself in the front row of the largest formation ever to perform a loop, 22 aircraft in close formation, looping every day at the Farnborough air show in 1958 – a record that still stands today.
A subsequent tour on 2 Sqn in Germany flying Supermarine Swifts was followed by 3 years as an instructor at the Officer Cadet Training School on the Isle of Man and 2 years as the Borneo Campaign Brigade Support Officer. After completing RAF Staff College in 1966, Robert was promoted to Squadron Leader and posted to RAF Gutersloh in Germany and to the aircraft with which he will always be associated – the English Electric Lightning. He completed a tour as a Flight Commander on 19 Squadron patrolling the skies of West Germany before returning 3 years later as the Squadron “Boss” – a period of his life of which he was enormously proud. He was a brilliant leader and an excellent man – manager. He was intensely loyal to those who worked for him seeming to care more for them than for his own career.
He was deservedly awarded the Air Force Cross at the end of his time in Germany. In 1979 at the height of the Cold War, he was posted to Stockholm in Sweden as the Defence and Air Attaché. Promoted to Group Captain, he returned to the UK in 1982 to take command of the only remaining Lightning Station, RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire.
Denys Carnill was born on 11th March 1926 and educated at Hitchin Grammar School. His National Service was between 1944 and 1948 in the RAF. Subsequently, he went up to Worcester College, Oxford, where he read History.
He showed considerable sporting talent from an early age. He gained an Oxford Blue for Hockey in the 1950-51 season and went on to play for Gloucestershire, the West of England, England (captain, 45 caps) and finally Great Britain (captain, 27 caps). He captained the national side in the Olympics at Helsinki (1952, where the team won a Bronze Medal), Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960), when E. S. Hoare, another Dean Close teacher, was manager, and also during which Denys spent a year at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, on exchange. He was also a very good cricketer and played for Hertfordshire for a number of years.
He went to Dean Close School in 1951, appointed by A. N. ’Tony’ Gilkes, the then Headmaster, on the personal recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, to teach Hockey and History, in that order. The Headmaster sought to rebuild the School’s previously good Hockey reputation after the problems resulting from World War II. Supported by two very able colleagues, E. S. Hoare, himself a former international, and C. A. P. Tuckwell, formerly West of England, the quality of hockey rose and by 1957 Dean Close School was producing such players as R. I. Ireland, who later captained Cambridge University, Wiltshire and England and who also played for Great Britain, together with W. J. Benton-Evans and F. C. Welles, who were to play for Wales and Scotland respectively. Talented hockey players seemed to flow frequently from the School. It gave Denys much pleasure to discover that, apart from one year, there was continuous Dean Close representation in the Cambridge v. Oxford Universities annual Hockey Match 1957-74. The Hockey XI in 1955, 1957 and 1961 were unbeaten by any other school side.
Denys realised that the future of Hockey lay in the use of artificial pitches, and it was he who was behind the fund-raising efforts that eventually resulted in the first artificial pitch in any school in England at Dean Close School. It consisted of ‘Redgra’ and was opened on 4th March 1961 by a match between a Hockey Association XI and the School XI. The latter won 3-2. Today the pitch, since completely remodelled, is called ‘Carnill’s’ in his honour.
When he first arrived, Denys was appointed House Tutor of Walton Court House, and so began the first of 33 years of service to Dean Close School. He was an innovator, founding the Economics and Politics Department and arranging numerous visits and visiting speakers. One former colleague comments: ‘Denys was in charge of the Department when I joined Dean Close for my first teaching post as a young man. It was immediately obvious to me what an inspirational figure Denys was. He was highly intelligent, fascinated by Politics and totally involved in the life of Dean Close. Friday evenings were lecture time when Denys would invite guests from political life to talk to our students. It was a time where controversial issues would often be discussed and Denys was marvellously open minded, prepared to listen to viewpoints with which he disagreed. He was a strong advocate of free speech. I could tell when he disagreed with someone because a very serious look would pass across Denys’s face. He would then say what he felt. Importantly Denys was a man who saw the shades of grey in difficult issues.’
He took over the Social Service Group in the 1960s and developed both it and ties with various homes and institutions such as the Cheshire and Eildon Homes, Nazareth House, Dr Barnado’s, Ullenwood, and Betteridge School. He became aware of the need for a wheelchair in 1973 for the Social Service Group, and arranged a special Chapel collection. This led to Denys organizing, with two colleagues, the first School Midsummer Fair. Over the next ten years, the Fair grew into a large annual event, raising thousands of pounds for local charities as well as the Social Service Group.
A former colleague wrote: ‘Denys had an optimistic cast of mind and it was a joy to hear him walking along a corridor or across a quadrangle singing or humming to himself. He was a man who was happy with himself with a secure loving family life. He had a ready smile and was able to laugh at himself. To give one instance of a story Denys used to tell against himself: in 1979 a new Headmaster was appointed whom Denys, being a senior member of staff, had met. During the summer vacation Denys was walking across Big Field (the playing fields which he loved) and happened to see a large man walking towards him. “Hello Denys and how are you?” said the new Headmaster. Denys smiled, said hello and then asked if they had met before.’
Denys retired in 1984. He was now able to be with his family more often. He had met and married Pam Clarke in 1961 when she had been the Dean Close Headmaster’s Secretary. They were married in the School Chapel by the Headmaster of the day, the Revd Douglas Graham. Denys and Pam had two daughters – Sally, born in 1963 and Elizabeth ‘Libby’, born in 1965.
His new freedom gave Denys time to develop his considerable painting talent. His pictures of landscapes and interesting buildings in Cheltenham and the surrounding area were – and continue to be – much admired, and his work was to be seen on display from time to time in Cheltenham. The same former colleague, himself no mean artist, writes: ‘He was inspired by a famous watercolourist called James Fletcher Watson and when I look at Denys’s mature work I think Fletcher Watson would have been proud especially of a wonderful series of paintings of local grounds where Gloucestershire played. Denys in turn inspired me, for which I am eternally grateful.’
The Old Decanians Society celebrated Denys’ 90th Birthday on 11th March 2016 by sending him a 40 page booklet in which Old Decanians and former members of staff had included their greetings and memories of him. He read and understood them all but within three weeks of his Birthday he had died. Three comments in those greetings sum up the man who was Denys Carnill. The first comment was “…[Denys] has always been the most humble of men despite being one of Britain’s most prominent Olympians and undoubtedly one of its Hockey Superstars…” The second observed: ”…A warm and kind person, incredibly sincere and down to earth…” The last said ‘I loved working with Denys and I found him an inspiration as a person. He was like a second father to me. He had a zest for life which few people have. He often said what a joy it was to work at Dean Close and I’m so grateful that some of that joy came my way.’
Christopher James RIGBY (Court 1961) passed away on the 7th November 2015 aged 71. A service to celebrate his life was held on the 26th November 2015 at the Norcliffe Chapel, Styal near Manchester. Chris was in Court House between 1957 – 1961 and was appointed a House Prefect in his final year. In his time at School he achieved a great deal, especially on the sports field. He gained his house rugby colours in 1959, his school running colours in 1961 as well as his Cricket Colours in the same year.
Chris was especially good at long distance running coming 4th in the School cross-country race and 11th overall in a run versus Cheltenham College, in his final year he was made Captain of Cross Country. On the cricket side he was known for his bowling. After School he worked his way up eventually becoming a Partner of a Property Management firm and was a Member of the Chartered Auctioneers Estate Agents Institute. Chris lived in Cheadle in Manchester with his wife Mrs E. Rigby.
Barry was a member of the ‘Class of 74’ whose reunion took place in Cheltenham a couple of years ago – forty years on. He was able to renew old friendships on that day and many were struck by his zest for life and the pride he took in his family. Several of those old friends were reunited once again last December to say our goodbyes to Barry in the beautiful Northumberland countryside on the outskirts of Hexham.
Barry was a member of Field House which in those days was under the stewardship of Dennis Carnill and then Trevor Snow. At school Barry’s artistic talents were able to flourish. He contributed to house drama and wrote a number of school reviews – in fact after leaving school he briefly attended Drama College. But it was music that shaped much of his life. He was a multi-instrumentalist, loved music, and loved sharing that enthusiasm with others. In his twenties he was in a number of bands which were part of that great explosion of energy in the seventies and early eighties. Barry also worked as a recording engineer in London before putting aside hopes of a professional career and turning his attention to teaching and then, in partnership with his wife Debbie, running a decorative painting business.
As well as having that great zest for life Barry also thought very deeply about it and had a great sense of social justice. He became interested in humanism, which has particularly deep roots in the north of England, and became a humanist celebrant conducting ceremonies on behalf of those wanting an alternative to a religious funeral. He was thus able to help friends and families through difficult times. Naturally it was at such a ceremony that Barry’s wife Debbie, his children Amy and Patrick, his mother Winifred, his brother Tony, and his many friends remembered his life and bid him a fond farewell.
John was 67 years of age, and was in Field House, when in the senior school. He was the former Chief Executive of Isotron PLC, a FTSE 100 company.
Tower 42-48 – House Prefect, Rugby – front row useful in the right scrum and lineout, fast in the open. 1st Colours awarded. House Colours for rugby. L/C in Joint Training Core. 100 yards came 2nd and 220 yards came second behind I Herbert. Para Olympics – Wheel Chair Diggers.
William left Dean Close in 1938 to study law at Queen’s College Cambridge. Joined the RAF in July 1940. Served as Coastal Command pilot flying Beaufort and later Beaufighter aircraft. Awarded DFC and a Mention in Despatches .Qualified as a solicitor in 1948. Partner in Chester firm, Mason & Moore Dutton until 1975 when appointed to Judiciary at District Judge level. Retired in 1990.Played hockey for England, captained Cheshire at cricket. Keen golfer into his 90’s.Great interest in photography and amateur dramatics. At school acquired facility for writing comic verse and at one time wrote Odd Odes for the late comedian Cyril Fletcher .Married to Joan for 62 happy years. 2 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Bill passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
Nigel passed away in June, 2015 after a short illness. He leaves a widow, Sarah, and two children, Joshua and Isabel.
He was a very popular member of the school, recalled with fondness by his contemporaries. Keen to participate in debate and in lively discussion (picking a contrary view for the fun of it on occasion), he also enjoyed playing and spectating all sport, especially hockey and rugby. After leaving school, he worked in the Cheltenham area in a number of different jobs, before moving to London and then to Sussex. He worked in telecommunications for over twenty years. Throughout his life, he remained the life and soul of any party – and there were quite a few of those. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of sport and thoroughly enjoyed spectating cricket and rugby. Over 200 people attended his funeral service in Etchingham, such was his popularity
14th May 2015
John passed away at his daughter’s home, on 14 May 2015, in his 79th year. Dearly beloved husband of Angela, dearly loved father of Louise and William, and much loved Gramps of six grandchildren. The Funeral service was held at LeFoulon Crematorium Chapel in Guernsey.
27th March 1938 – 22nd April 2015
Please join us for a Service of Celebration for the life of Chris Kenyon and give thanks for his work, commitment and all the lives that he touched whilst at Dean Close School. The service is to be held in the Memorial Chapel of All Saints, Dean Close School on Saturday 19th September at 12 noon, followed by lunch in The Orangery of the Bacon Theatre.
On Wednesday 22nd April 2015 Chris Kenyon passed away at home, surrounded by his family.
A Service of Thanksgiving was held at St Nicholas Church, Ashchurch, on Friday 8th May.
Chris came to DCS in September 1962 having read Geography and Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge and retired 36 years later in 1998.
He was a House Tutor in Tower, Housemaster of Gate (1971-1983), Housemaster of Field (1984-1992), Geography Teacher & Head of the Divinity Department for many years until his retirement. He was also head of Cricket 1964-1997 (taking over from Mike Girling)
To mark his retirement, the Pavilion on Big Field was renamed the Kenyon Pavilion in his honour. Chris also became a Diocesan Reader (Church of England lay minister) in 1976, preaching in Chapel to both the senior and Junior Schools. In retirement, Chris exercised his ministry as a Reader at Ashchurch Parish Church, just outside Tewkesbury, as well as continuing his much appreciated activity as a painter.
Nicholas Goddard passed away after a long illness.
H. DAVID, WATSON (WATTY)
22nd March 2015
DCS Common Room (Sept 1969 – July 1983); House Tutor in Court House.
Head of History from 1969-1983. Watty also ran the school madrigal group and produced and directed several musicals (such as ‘A Penny for A Song, ‘Forty Years On’, and ‘Hamlet’). He left with his 3 sons and wife Gwyneth to join St Edmund’s School, Canterbury (Head of History and Head of Choristers). Then Headmaster of Clayesmore Prep School in Dorset and finally Head of History at the Dragon School in Oxford.
On retirement he and Gwyneth moved to Norfolk. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 12 years ago but remained active until the last couple of years. He moved into a nursing home in December and died in his sleep early on March 22nd. His funeral was held on Saturday April 4th at the parish church in Brooke, Norfolk.
8th February 2015
Barry Barker 1934 – 2015
“It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death from cancer on February 8th of Barry Barker. You may already have received this information from other sources better informed than I, as my knowledge of this event is sketchy. Despite my having been resident in Canada since 1969, Barry and I kept in touch throughout this time. Quite recently he also was the subject of heart surgery so his health was unfortunately not good for the last few years of his life”.
Nigel Drury (Court, 1974) died aged 58 from Lung Cancer. Funeral on 29th January.
James Trickey (Field, 2010) died in a collision with a car, whilst cycling to Peterborough, where he lived. James had been a professional chorister in the city’s cathedral for just over a year. He studied geography at Oxford University, having been awarded a choral scholarship. James’ main passions were singing, cycling, forecasting the weather and photography. He travelled across the globe with his singing, and cycled nearly 2,000 miles to Southern Italy, raising over £1,000 for the Stroke Association. The funeral was held on 7th January in Gloucester Cathedral and mourners were asked to wear a touch of white or a white flower.
Yves Doudet (Court, 1965) died aged 66 after courageously fighting cancer for several years. Yves came to school in 1963 as DCS’ first continental European student. During the war his father Marcel, who was a member of the French Resistance, provided a hiding place to ‘Jag’ Graham (later to become our headmaster at DCS) at his home in the village of Savigny les Beaune in Burgundy. The friendship which subsequently followed was the reason for Yves attending DCS. Yves was a house prefect and head of house gym. DCS left a lasting impression with Yves leaving him an anglophile; he would always say that his school days in Cheltenham were the happiest of his early life and he had made strong friendships.
On leaving DCS Yves was conscripted into the very same regiment of the French Army as his forefather and served at Reutlingen in Southern Germany. During his time there he received special training for military intervention in dealing with civil unrest and his unit was on high alert to be sent to Paris at the time de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic almost capitulated to street riots and anarchy in 1968. Yves was particularly interested in military history and would have liked to have made the French Army his career. He reckoned that he first got an appetite for the military from DCS CCF instruction. However after national service his father ‘ordered’ him home to join the family Domaine Doudet Naudin wine business, a producer of Burgundy reds of the highest quality based in Savigny. Yves worked alongside his father until the latter’s death in 1988 after which he became the sole owner/manager of the prestigious business until 2008.In late 2007 he underwent an operation for early cancer of the oesophagus but in spite of recovering well he lacked the stamina to continue to run the business and transferred executive duties for the wine trade and vineyards in 2008 to his daughter. Whilst continuing to maintain a deep interest in the family business, Yves was able to find more time at this stage for local charitable work. He would always say that life had given him so much now it was time to give something to others. He became president of ‘Association beaunoise pour l’hebergement des errants’, an organisation providing sheltered accommodation to the travelling homeless. Almost every evening in the winter months he would diligently visit the ‘Refuge’ to make sure that his volunteer staff had turned up and no one would be left on the street outside. He was also Vice President of the Beaune section of the Red Cross and would personally organise the handing out of food once a week to the needy. In the weeks prior to his death he was sadly afflicted by a return and progession of cancer and died peacefully at his home. He is survived by his wife Evy, his daughter Isabelle and son Jerome.
Robert (Bob) John Imrie (Field, 1967) died peacefully at his home in Collingwood, Notts on 10th November 2014, aged 64. Bob trained as a Trading Standards Officer in Cheltenham, subsequently taking roles in Yorkshire and Devon, where Bob was promoted to Assistant County Trading Standards Officer. He specialised in Consumer Credit and Fair Trading matters and became an examiner for the Trading Standards Institute professional exams. This was the start of relationships with specialists in this area who are now scattered around the world. Bob was an expert consultant for Consumer Credit for legal cases and also for the Guardian newspaper from time to time.
Bob and his family moved to Collingham, Notts, in 1999 when Bob was working for the Finance Industry Standards Association. Later, he became a self-employed consultant and trainer on Consumer Credit matters before retiring from this work in 2011.
In his spare time, Bob was deeply involved in village life, chairing committees and working to improve transport, particularly train services, in the area. He was also heavily committed to environmental and green issues throughout his adult life.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jane, children Dominic, Tammy and David and 5 grandchildren.
Richard Hills (Court, 1967) left Dean Close in 1966. Retired to Minehead.
John Lawrence Howard Page (Gate, 1958) died of Pituitary Cancer, aged 74. He was head boy at Dean Close in his last term. He spent a few years in London and Paris with the Hong Kong & Shanghai bank, then left to train as a priest at the London School of Divinity. Met his wife, Gwyneth, during his first curacy at Christ Church, Spitalfields, London after his ordination in 1965. He moved on to Christ Church, Winchester then Ringwood and to Lockerley East Dean with West & East Tytherley where he stayed for nearly 13 years. He moved to Lordshill Ecumenical Church, Southampton for eight years and finally, his working ministry took him to Derby Green; all but the first were in the Winchester diocese. John and Gwyneth retired to the Ely Diocese to be near family. John continued to minister in his retirement as long as his health allowed. He had 3 children, Elizabeth, Joanna and Christopher and 5 grandchildren.
Susan Barrington-Earp (nee Billington) (Mead, 1971) died of cancer after a short illness. The funeral was held at Bretby Crematorium, Burton-Upon-Trent on 16th July.
Susan was at Dean Close in the years 1969-71, having previously been at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She was in the first intake of girls at the school and was the first Head of Mead and a school prefect. After leaving school, she studied for a year at Reading University at the College of Estate Management but left and went to Christie College, Cheltenham, completing a secretarial course.
After 4 years of secretarial work in Cheltenham and London, Susan spent the last 38 years in Burton-Upon-Trent where for the major part of her working life she was self-employed, running The Plough Inn and later working for Webb Ivory and World Wildlife Fund.
Susan was married twice but unfortunately neither was lasting and both ended in divorce. Susan’s first marriage was to Old Decanian Stephen Weighill with the service being at the School Chapel. Her second marriage was to John Barrington-Earp. With her second husband, Susan had two children – Scott and Emma. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Harry, Skye and Santiago.
Before 25th June
Dominic Comens (Gate, 1983)
Ian Stuart Wilson Maclean (Court, 1954), former head boy, died aged 78 with systemic organ failure after a short period of illness. He was cremated on 3rd June 2014.
Clive Coe (Walton Court, 1945) died at the age of 86. He spent most of his life in the Cheltenham area, much of it working as an aerospace engineer at Dowty’s; he also enjoyed working, post-retirement, for Bugatti at the Prestcott hill-climb. He had a huge sense of humour, which he kept (along with an athletic physique) until the end. He leaves behind a wife, June, and son, Chris (also and OD).
Helena Anne Robinson (Shelburne, 1997) died from cancer. Helena enjoyed her two years in the sixth form where she successfully passed her A Levels before going to the University of the West of England to study physiotherapy. After qualifying, she worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and then, for most of her working life, at St George’s, Tooting as part of the neuro-physiotherapy service.
Her funeral was held at Putney Vale Crematorium on 1st May where the chapel seats 70 people. More than double that number turned up filling not only the seats and standing room but the porch and area outside. Many of her work colleagues and personal friends, and at least three ODs, were present.
Derek Edward Neale (Brook, 1945) died after a brief illness.
Peter Frederick Browning Preston (Tower, 1945) underwent a cancer operation on his jaw and became very ill.
Peter Alexander Bower (Tower, 1944) left to go to Australia.
Richard Read (Walton, 1947) died peacefully at home after a long illness bravely bourne. He greatly enjoyed seeing his family and grandchildren as he had been bedridden since September.
Robert Baylis (Brook, 1941)
Major Wilfrid St Clair Tisdall (Brook, 1939) died aged 92. Was awarded an Immediate MC in Holland in 1944, when he was commanding a troop of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars (8 KRIH), which paid tribute to his courage.
Wilfrid, who became known as St Clair, was head boy and captain of rugby at Dean Close. He went to Wadham College, Oxford, to read Modern Languages and earned pocket money fire-watching at night on the roofs of prominent buildings.
He served in the Army in Cairo, the Libyan Dessert, Normandy, Korea, Germany and Bahrain, until retiring in 1965 to become a preparatory schoolmaster, teaching Latin and rifle shooting at Packwood Haugh School, near Shrewsbury.
St Clair married Prue Dixon in 1947 who predeceased him and they had 2 daughters.
John Oddy (Gate, 1948) died leaving a widow, 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Received an MBE for services to Oxfam.
Peter Orloff (Field, 1959)
14th September 2013
Obituary below by Charles R. Cross (Backstreets Magazine Founder and Editor, US)
To many in the community of Bruce Springsteen fans, Steven Jump was the larger-than-life figure who ran Badlands in the U.K. with his brother Phil. Badlands has long been kind of the U.K. sister organization to Backstreets; like us, they are an “unofficial” fan club and point of connection. Badlands also published For True Rockers Only and later The Ties That Bind fanzines. Over the years, we shared many readers, and, sometimes, content. In the ’90s, I talked to Steve Jump at least once a week about the record business, and Bruce news. His phone calls were a welcome reprieve from what felt like the isolation of publishing a very odd magazine that few in the print world could understand. Steve could understand.
So the news that Steve died suddenly on September 14, 2013 saddened me, and surprised many in the larger fan community. To E Street fans, Steve most certainly was one “of our own,” and his death at 56 was sudden. To many fans, Steve was one of them, jostling his way towards the front at shows, and organizing tours of fans to travel throughout Europe to catch every second of every tour.
To me, Steve was more than just the gregarious patriarch of Badlands: he was the first Englishman I ever came to know well. It feels a bit like they broke the mold of Englishmen after they made Steve. He was educated, but opinionated, and quick to say that something “took the piss” out of him. He was funny and sarcastic, but also passionate about music. Though he loved some of Springsteen’s music, his heart, truth be told, was always more with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Before you sharpen the knives on that fact, let me remind you that the same could be said of Springsteen himself. Also, I got to know Steve during the era of Human Touch, which he pronounced as “utter rubbish.” The Ghost of Tom Joad helped shift that, as it should have.
Badlands began as a record shop in Cheltenham, and it quickly was recognized as one of the best independent music stores in England. Bruce was a small part of Badlands stock, which for years was kept on a special floor of their High Street storefront.
Steve brought Erik Flannigan and myself over to Leicester in 1990 for the Badlands convention. This was a start for many of connections in the Springsteen fan world that exist still to this day, as fans from all over Europe came together to talk Bruce. There’s a little bit of video and photographic evidence of that convention floating around, but the picture I cherish most was one Steve took but wasn’t in: it was a shot of Erik, myself, and a guy named Sid who worked for Badlands, at Brian Jones’ grave in Cheltenham. Steve was proud that his hometown had spawned Jones, and it was a sacred spot to him.
Steve and Phil organized a few other fan conventions, and they eventually morphed Badlands’ Bruce division into a travel organization that would book tickets, accommodations, and airfare for hundreds. It was perfect for Steve because it required negotiating, and it fit his personality well. He was an ideal host, always quick with his wit. He worked the ticket system well, but was also generous, and many fans have stories to tell of him getting them into sold-out shows. There are pictures of Steve on Facebook just from the last part of the recent European tour, smiling, walking through the crowd with two pints in his hand, perfect in his element.
Steve was the first person to take me to an English pub. This was on my first trip to England in 1990, and mind you, this was at eleven in the morning. The fact that I didn’t drink, or eat red meat, or smoke, and that I got up early in the morning to go running, was almost as unimaginable to Steve as English pub culture was to me: “Seattle meet Cheltenham.” But Steve wasn’t the type to judge anyone else, and with a pint before him, and a fag in his mouth, he was as wonderful a storyteller as you could ever find. He knew much about British history, and more about Dylan than almost anyone.
It was shocking to hear of Steve’s death, but more so because the very day he passed, I was telling my young teen son a story about sitting in a Beverly Hills restaurant with Steve the day after the Christic Institute concerts. Steve had something like 18 beers during lunch but still was telling stories, and he was able to get up and walk out. He, of course, loved the Christic shows, which were to all of us in that era a lifeline. Between Steve’s stories, and the warmth and passions brought by the Italians present, it was one of the wildest weeks of my entire Bruce history. Steve’s oversized personality seemed fish-out-of-water in Beverly Hills. There could be a sitcom in there.
Steve’s own penultimate Bruce moment came in November 2004, during a trip he’d organized to Asbury Park. He was in Harry’s Roadhouse there, pint in hand, when Bruce walked in. He looked at Steve, and saw something out of kilter with this vision of England sitting there on the Shore, and said, “Don’t I know you?” Everyone knew Steve, even Bruce.
Though Steve was a bit older than Phil Jump, in my mind, and that of most, they were forever a plural: “the Jumps.” Two great blokes, and its hard to imagine Phil now without his brother by his side. Badlands still is one of the last, great record shops, and deserves “Blue Plaque” status in my mind; it should be part of the National Trust.
Steve himself was a bit like that, too. He always seemed like he was from an earlier century of English history, back maybe when Charles Dickens was writing novels, and Admiral Nelson ruled the waves. If there is a pub in the rock ‘n’ roll afterlife, Steve is there already, and in a heated debate about when Bob when electric. Everybody there already knows Steve Jump. They would have to.
Anthony (Tony) Sidney Allen (Gate, 1945) died aged 86 from heart failure which was sudden so he did not suffer a great deal.
Richard Bentley Reeve (Brook, 1943)
Hubert Arnold Phillips Firth (Walton Court, 1962) was a Quantity Surveyor and married Val in 1968.
Archibald J.M. Paxton (Brook, 1946) died in his sleep aged 85. He was a prefect, gained his colours for rugby and played the bass drum in the CCF band. On leaving, he joined the Coldstream Guards serving in London and Malaya. In 1953, he left the army to work in Insurance in the city. He played rugby for Sutton and Epsom club, becoming Vice President. He founded the Club’s junior section. After retiring, he wrote and published a well-researched comprehensive family history in India and America. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Richard (Dick) Keay Thomas (Brook, 1941) died in hospital in Perth, Western Australia after a short illness, having celebrated his 90th birthday in January.
Senior Prefect and First Team Colours in cricket, hockey and rugby. Played for the Old Decanians. Served the school as Governor for several years.
Joined the RAF in 1941, and qualified as a pilot in the Southern states of America, receiving his “wings” and commission. He was required to remain in the USA to instruct American personnel. In January 1945, he was posted to 171 Squadron, based at North Creake, Norfolk, as part of 100 Group, flying the Handley Page Halifax, disrupting German defence systems. He and 171 Squadron took part in the final raid on Germany, in an attempt to prevent the Nazi escape to Sweden from the port of Keil.
After his war service, he qualified as a solicitor, and practised in Redditch for many years.
He emigrated to Western Australia in September 1986, and joined a firm of solicitors practising in Esperance, Western Australia. After a short while, he purchased his area of law, and practised very successfully under his own name until he retired in 2003 aged 80.
Married to Nanette; father of six, grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 8.
Sir Geoffrey David Inkin (Gate, 1952) died peacefully after a sudden illness. Soldier turned businessman, he was the driving force behind the Cardiff Bay redevelopment. He was knighted in 1993. Married twice; his first marriage to Susan Sheldon in 1961 dissolved. He then married Susan Inglefield in 1988. Survived by his second wife and 3 sons from his first marriage.
Miles Amherst died in his early eighties. He was the Founder and First Headmaster of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury. When the school closed in 2006, the choir transferred to DCPS, becoming Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. The funeral took place on 24th May in Tewkesbury
Michael John Lainchbury (Walton, 1945)
14 April 2012
Born on 8th February 1942, Richard’s early life was on a Wiltshire farm. He probably joined Dean Close Junior School’s junior boarding House, Rickerby, in September 1950 but was certainly there a term later under Housemaster Gordon Harper. He progressed through Fortfield House (C. S. Harwood) to the senior boarding House, Caldecote, in September 1953. Eadward Langhorne became both Housemaster and Headmaster. Richard was in Ramblers, his activity/sports ‘house’, becoming a prefect 1954-55.
In September 1955, Richard entered Tower House, becoming Senior Prefect (head of School) under the Revd Douglas Graham’s Headship, head of Tower under Mike Girling, Captain of Hockey, Captain of Cricket and winning Rugby Colours. His 1.62 metres 1960 high-jump record lasted over 18 years.
Richard left in July 1961. He went up to St Edmund Hall, Oxford, that Autumn to read English. There he met Sue, his future wife. He graduated and also completed his diploma in Education. While at Oxford, he gained his Hockey Blue and was secretary of the University side.
Richard played hockey for the England U23 side, the West and also Wiltshire, then captained by another OD, Ian Ireland.
Between 1965 and 1969, Richard taught at Dauntsey’s .
In 1969 Richard was appointed to this School’s English Department, also coaching hockey and cricket. He was Housemaster of Field House (1975 – 1980) then Housemaster of Tower House (1980 to 1988). Richard contributed to the English Department through the Literary Society, as Oral Moderator, debates chairman, organizer of theatre trips, stage and theatre manager and later by becoming a qualified specialist in dyslexia problems. He frequently preached both to the School and the Junior School. He and Sue tried to encourage Scouting in the School in the early 1980s. He retired from teaching in July 1995 after 26 years in the English Department.
Meantime Sue, having been Housemistress of Shelburne 1975-80 and having run Tower with Richard, became Senior Mistress 1989-2002.
Richard made a huge contribution to the Old Decanian Society over many years: School Secretary and Registrar 1987 – 2009, Hon Secretary 1989-1992, President 2005-2009 and finally Chairman from 2009 until his death in April 2012.
Richard’s sons, David and James, followed their father into the Junior School before becoming dayboys in Field in the senior school.
C. E. Whitney
Rev’d Richard Collins (Gate, 1933) was a Free Church Minister. He studied History and Theology at Fitzwilliam and Cheshunt Colleges, Cambridge. He was ordained in Wyken Congregational (now United Reformed) Church, Coventry in 1942 and served there for 30 years. He supported the Guides and Scouts and attended Scout camps. Married Edna and moved to Broadway in 1972, taking a keen interest in his wife’s family Butchery business which supplied both Fortnum and Mason, and supposedly, the Game Pies served on Concorde.
Armand David Masters (Field, 1963) died aged 65. Lived in South Africa. He was a talented graphic designer and photographer. He was also unfortunately a chronic sufferer of severe depressions, which ultimately, brought about his demise. He will be much missed though by his family and many friends.
Douglas Alexander Young (Tower, 1941) aged 86
Heber Peter Weaving (Walton, 1940) died 3 days after his 85th birthday. Had a heart by-pass operation in 2002 which nearly came too late. Never fully regained former energy.
Brigadier Douglas Alexander PRINGLE OBE (1930).
The eldest son of Major Alexander Pringle, formerly of the Indian Army and the Egyptian Police, Douglas was born in 1912. He was educated at Dean Close School, where he excelled at crosscountry running. He entered RMA Woolwich in 1930, and was commissioned to Royal Signals in 1932, having gained his colours for athletics, swimming, and modern pentathlon. After training in Catterick, he was posted to 4th Division Signals Regiment, serving initially in Colchester, and subsequently in Canterbury.
An exceptionally fit young officer, he ran successfully for the Three Services Milocarian Athletic Club, competing in the British Games at White City in 1936. That year he was selected as a member of the British Olympic Team for Modern Pentathlon at Hitler’s Berlin Olympic Games. His early life revolved round the horse drawn cable wagon, horses in general, hunting and athletics.
In 1936, Douglas was posted to India, where he joined 2nd Cavalry Signals Brigade Signal Troop in Sialkot, completing the demanding Indian Cavalry School course at Saugor, qualifying in the top grade. He became proficient in polo, pig sticking, and show jumping. At the outbreak of WWII, he was Adjt, 5 Indian Division Signals Regiment, and went with them to the Middle East, seeing service in Eritrea and North Africa.
He returned to India in 1941 (by which time he was a Temporary Major and 2nd in Command of the Regiment) to study at Staff College, Quetta. The journey was in an RAAF Sunderland flying boat, taking off from the Nile at Cairo and refuelling in the Dead Sea, Lake Habbaniya (West of Baghdad) and Basrah, en route to Karachi. Returning to 5 Indian Division in a similar manner, he was summoned by Major General Penney, SO-in-C Middle East, to be informed that he was to be Lt Col, at the age of 29, jumping the rank of Maj entirely. He was to be the first Royal Signals instructor at the ME Staff College in Haifa, spending just over a year there. He spent a short period as GSO1 Ops at HQ Palestine and Trans Jordan in 1943, where his focus was primarily on the defensive requirements against a possible German invasion from the north via the Caucasus. One of the tasks was the layout of a defensive line along the Carmel Range, from Haifa to Jenin, and back to Jericho. This was to be the second line of defence, the first being in the mountains of Syria and the Lebanon. At the end of 1943, he was recalled to India for parachute training, and to raise the new 44th Indian Division Signals Regiment. The war ended shortly before the Division was due to drop, either on Bangkok or on the Causeway at Singapore. He commanded the Regt until 1946, when he returned to the Airborne Training Establishment in Salisbury and Aldershot. By the end of 1946, he was back in Palestine, this time commanding 6th Airborne Div Sig Regt, where he was twice mentioned in Dispatches for gallantry. He returned from Palestine with his Regt in 1948 to Perham down Camp, Tidworth, for the subsequent disbandment of 6th AB Div. This led to the reduction of the AB Sig Regt to form an Independent Para Bde Sig Sqn, later numbered 16 Indep Para Bde Sig Sqn, the ‘1’ and the ‘6’ coming from the two famous (wartime) Divs. He remained a keen supporter of Airborne Signals, regularly attending the Annual Dinner. He regarded the AB Signals as the elite of the Corps, with a spirit and style that made them worthy successors to the horsed Cavalry Bde Sig Units of early years.
From 1949 to 1953, he was Comd Victory College, RMA Sandhurst, as a brevet Lt Col. He went on to become AQMG, GHQ East Africa Comd, 1953-1956, in Nairobi, where he was awarded the OBE for service during the Mau Mau Uprising. After a year in UK Land Forces, working on the formative stage of Civil Defence planning in the nuclear age, he was promoted Colonel, and became GSO1 Signals 5, at the War Office. In this appointment, his work was of considerable importance in planning the structure of the Corps in the newly emerging all Regular Army. He was promoted Brig in 1958, and became GSO GHQ Middle East in Cyprus, from 1958 to 1961, during the EOKA campaign. After further brief service in 1962 as CSO Northern Comd in York, his final appointment was Comd British Bde and Garrison, Hong Kong. He retired in 1965, his all-round experience having been of great assistance to his Corps.
From 1966 to 1974, he was Bursar of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of Bursar, he took enormous interest in the boys’ military affairs, advising and assisting those who wished to join the Army. He also stage-managed the schools’ annual Trooping the Colour Parade in a manner that would have done credit to Horse Guards. He was an enthusiastic military historian and member of military societies till the end of his life.
Douglas, together with his brother, Maj RC (Colin) Pringle, a R Signals officer who served with the Chindits in Burma and 6 AB Div Sig Regt in Palestine, was the third generation of Army officers in his family.
Douglas Pringle was a man of strong personality, strong views, and sincere convictions. Modest, private and self-deprecating, he had no time for self-seekers or for those that did not pull their full weight. He always fought, without fear, for what he believed to be the rights of those who worked for him, even when it was plainly contrary to his own interests. He never feared to speak up. He had no time for eyewash, and with impeccable personal standards of turnout, he always insisted that, “no technician was any better for wearing long hair or a grubby hat”.
Douglas died on 18th April 2005, aged 93. In 1940, he married Wendy Gordon, daughter of Col RE Gordon MC, RE. It was an exceptionally happy marriage. Wendy predeceased him by six months, and his younger son by two years. He is survived by his daughter, and his elder son, who followed him into the Army and was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in 1966.
(Extracts from The Wire, & The Journal (RSI), 2006, author(s) unknown. Edited by Richard Hamilton, 2012).
27th may John Leece Mullineaux (Tower) received his house colours for swimming. Married in December 1942 but spent most of the next 4 years away on active service. At some point, he divorced his wife’s unfaithfulness and divorced her. He then married Eileen and lived in Broughton, near Preston, commuting to Manchester while working in a family clothing business. He was captain of the Preston grasshopper’s hockey team. John moved to Crosby, Liverpool, in 1958, where he had secured a position as salesman for a Belfast firm of jute importers and bag manufacturers (Barron & co). In 1977, they moved to Cromford in Derbyshire. John died suddenly of a stroke after doing some heavy work in the garden. He had 3 children.