Guy Edmund Thompson
1926 - 2019
Guy Edmund Thompson on 1 October 2019, aged 93
R CQ40 - CQ44
He is survived by his wife Jeanne, a son, three daughters, eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Guy Edmund Thompson
1926 - 2019
Guy Edmund Thompson on 1 October 2019, aged 93
R CQ40 - CQ44
He is survived by his wife Jeanne, a son, three daughters, eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
1927 - 2019
Governing Body 1981-2000
Sir Anthony Seymour Laughton FRS on 27 September 2019, aged 92
Governing Body 1981 - 2000, Chairman 1995 - 2000
Sir Anthony died peacefully at home after a short illness; he is survived by his wife Clare, their son Andrew and two daughters - Rebecca and Susanna (g95, Mrs van Doorn).
The National Oceanography Centre posted this obituary:
“Sir Anthony was Director of the UK’s Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (a predecessor to the NOC) based at Wormley, Surrey from 1978 to 1988.
“Tony” Laughton was educated at Marlborough College and Cambridge University where he took his MA and PhD. After the award of his PhD on the compaction of marine sediments, he moved to the Lamont Geological Observatory of Columbia University in New York, before joining the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in 1955.
At NIO, starting with the development of a deep-sea camera and generating contour charts of the ocean floor, he soon built up a marine geology and geophysics group. Expeditions to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on RRS Discovery contributed greatly to the understanding of seafloor spreading and plate tectonics.
Between 1969 and 1977, he led expeditions using the sonar system GLORIA (Geological Long-Range Inclined Asdic), developed at NIO, to study seafloor features including fractures along the Mid Atlantic Ridge. He initiated the UK’s participation in the Deep Sea Drilling Project and was also committed to the international global ocean charting project GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans).
He became Director of the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (the successor institution to NIO) in 1978. After retiring in 1988, he became President of the Challenger Society for Marine Science (1988-90), and later of the Society for Under Water Technology (1995-97), and served on the Council of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. He was a Trustee of the Natural History Museum (1990-95) and was elected President of the Hydrographic Society (1997-99).
Sir Anthony received numerous awards, including the Prince Albert I of Monaco Gold Medal for Oceanography (1980), the Royal Geographical Society’s Founders Medal (1987) and the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London (1989). Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980, he served on its Council (1986-87). In 1987 he was knighted for services to oceanography. In July 2019 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Southampton for his pioneering work in marine geology.
He had an interest in the history of oceanography and with others edited the book ‘Of Seas and Ships and Scientists: The Remarkable History of the UK's National Institute of Oceanography, 1949–1973’. He was interviewed for the British Library’s ‘Voices of Science’ and his voice recording can be found online.”
A Charterhouse tribute will follow soon.
Adrian James McConnel
1929 - 2019
Adrian James McConnel on 10 September, aged 90
g CQ43 - OQ45
1921 - 2019
Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Patrick Cunningham KBE on 12 September, aged 97
L OQ35 - OQQ39
School Monitor, 1st XI Football - Member,1st XI Cricket - Member
Family in Lockites were sons John (L76) and Richard (L78) and daughter Caroline (L80, Mme Praz).
Hugh Cunningham was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1942 and fought in World War II in India, New Guinea and Burma. He was appointed Commander Royal Engineers for 3rd Division in Cyprus and Aden in 1963, Commander of 11th Engineering Brigade in Germany in 1967 and General Officer Commanding South West District in 1971. He went on to be Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1974 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1976 before retiring in 1978. He became a Director of Fairey Engineering.
He was President of the UK-based charity Action on Addiction.
A full obituary was published in The Times on 26 September
Roger Baldwyn Hunt
1928 - 2019
Roger Baldwyn Hunt on 1 September 2019, aged 91
S OQ41 - CQ46
Head of House, 2nd XI Member - Football, Governing Body Member 1981-1995
Also OCs are his son Giles (W83), nephews Jeremy (W84), Charles (W88) and niece Susanna (D89, Mrs Blackburn).
He is survived by his wife Minette, daughter Arabella, son Giles and six grandchildren.
Christopher Humphrey Salwey
1934 - 2019
Christopher Humphrey Salwey on 16 August 2019, aged 85
G CQ48 - CQ52
Captain of Shooting
His older brother Michael (G46) died in 1990.
Christopher is survived by his wife Barbara.
John Graham Foster
1943 - 2019
John Graham Foster on 28 August 2019, aged 75
g OQ57 - CQ61
Charles Bernard Litton Harding
1924 - 2019
Charles Bernard Litton Harding on 24 August 2019, aged 95
H OQ38 - CQ42
Charles served with the Royal Engineers during the War. After demobilisation he studied at Birmingham University graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career in Research and Development.
James Allen Gwynne Cellan Jones
1931 - 2019
James Allen Gwynne Cellan Jones on 30 August 2019, aged 88
L CQ45 - CQ49
House Monitor, Swimming Team - Member
(Known as Cellan-Jones in School, he later dropped the hyphen).
James gained a degree in Natural Sciences from St John’s College, Cambridge before doing National Service in the Royal Engineers. The son of a surgeon, he chose not follow the family expectation of a career in medicine and joined the BBC instead. He was a floor manager and production assistant before having his first opportunity to direct film sequences in the 1963 serialisation of Lorna Doone.
He played a significant role in British television’s breakthrough into the American market with classic serials, directing The Forsyte Saga in 1967 - which became a worldwide success - to the Fortunes of War in 1987. Amongst a variety of other work, in 1984 he produced and directed Oxbridge Blues, an anthology series of seven plays by his OC contemporary Frederic Raphael (L49).
He served as Chairman of both BAFTA and the Director’s Guild of Great Britain; his autobiography Forsyte & Hindsight was published in 2006.
James died following a stroke. His wife, television production manager Margot Eavis, predeceased him in 2016 three years after the death of their son Deiniol. He is survived by their other children, Simon and Lavinia, and a son Rory from a previous relationship.
A full obituary appeared in The Daily Telegraph on 13 September 2019
Nicholas de Grunwald
1945 - 2019
Nicholas de Grunwald on 17 August 2019, aged 74
House Monitor, 1st XI football - Member, Captain of Lawn Tennis, Havelock Prize
Nick read PPE at Lincoln College, Oxford and was awarded a blue for tennis, captaining a combined Oxford and Cambridge team to victory over Harvard and Yale.
After graduation, he returned to his junior school, Ibstock Place Froebel Institute in Roehampton southwest London, to teach languages. After a few years he moved to work at Oxford University Press developing their non-academic works as potential film and television programmes. He later formed his own soundtrack company and became a successful television producer, making documentaries and programmes about music from many genres, including the Classic Albums series. In 2013 he released his own debut album Mosaic of Disarray, followed three years later by a second Unravelling.
Having played together informally with son Noah for years, latterly they performed as Two Circles, a folk duo. Their debut album The Underworld & You was released in August 2018, followed by a self-titled finale in August 2019.
Nick was also an accomplished poet and keen abstract painter.
He died from leukaemia and is survived by his wife Barbara and Noah, and also by two daughters and a son from his first marriage.
A full obituary appeared in The Times on 19 September 2019
Clive Lescon John Sutton
1972 - 2019
Clive Lescon John Sutton on 28 August 2019, aged 47
S OQ86 - CQ91
House Monitor, Captain of Squash
Younger brother Ewart followed him into Saunderites (S93), in the footsteps of many Tuckwell relations.
Lescon died peacefully at St Clare's Hospice, Harlow. Much loved husband of Olga, father of Matthew, Tristan and Francesca.
Matthew Gavin Armstrong
1971 - 2019
Brooke Hall 2003 - 2014
Matthew Gavin Armstrong on 11 August 2019, aged 48
Brooke Hall OQ03 - CQ14
It was with great shock and profound sadness that Charterhouse learned of the death of Matthew Armstrong. Matthew’s Memorial Service will be held in Worcester Cathedral at 2.30pm on Monday 21 October. Please follow this link to the King’s School Worcester website for further information: https://www.ksw.org.uk/matthew-armstrong.
Those who would like to offer their condolences to Matthew Armstrong's family can email their thoughts to the King's School Office where Matthew's former secretary will kindly transfer comments into the book of condolences that they are creating. Her email address is email@example.com
An announcement from The King’s School, Worcester:
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our inspirational Headmaster, Matthew Armstrong.
He passed away suddenly in the early hours of Sunday 11th August after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Hugh Carslake, Chair of Governors said “We will pay tribute to Matthew’s exceptional contribution to the vibrancy and success of the Foundation and its community in due course. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kate, his parents and family.
Matthew’s leadership since 2014 has left the school in a strong position and the Governors are confident that Mr Jon Ricketts, the current Senior Deputy and Acting Headmaster, will in the interim continue to take the school forward, building on Matthew’s legacy."
Jon Ricketts, Acting Headmaster added, “The whole school community has been deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Matthew was a passionate and visionary Headmaster and was well respected by pupils, parents and his colleagues. We are all working to support each other, the wider King’s community and Matthew’s family through this sad time.
A Book of Condolences is now available outside the Library in School House at the Senior School. School House will be open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm until Monday 2nd September. We would welcome any thoughts or messages to be shared there.”
Further announcements will be made as details of arrangements are put in place.
Vale published in Carthusian 2014 when Matthew left to take up his appointment at Worcester,
“Matthew Armstrong is kind, generous, funny, clever, thoughtful and famously opinionated. He has some ludicrous socks. He is a scholar, a gentleman, a mountaineer, a connoisseur of all the finer things in life – and, above all, a born headmaster... which is handy, since headmastering is what he is leaving Charterhouse to do; many would argue that headmastering is what Matthew has been doing ever since the day he arrived here – he is, after all, the son of a headmaster – and we can imagine that he was fairly headmasterly even at Winchester, where he taught French, German and Div 1998- 2003.
Matthew’s Win Coll ‘obit’ ended: ‘Au revoir, Matthew. That’s French for goodbye.’ It also included a few hilarious ‘Why Charterhouse?’ jibes: there are no mountains in Godalming and (between the lines we read) certainly no scholarship, ha ha. If Matthew felt that coming to Charterhouse was a comedown, he did not show it. On the first Saturday of OQ 03 he toed the Big Ground touchline coaching the 1st XI players (each of whom he already knew by name and nickname) in his dulcet bellow, as they endured their annual humiliation at the boots of the OCs – the tacit agreement being that the score against the School is to be kept out of telephone numbers and commuted tactfully to 3-0 or so.
MGA has been an inspiring teacher of English and Italian at Charterhouse, and an imaginative and kind-hearted member of the SMT; he was Master of the Underschool (2004-09) and Head of English (2005-09) before his elevation to Assistant Headmaster (Academic, 2009-12; External Relations, 2012- 14); he coached the Hockey 2nd XI (2004-09), as well as running some junior football teams and helping with junior tennis. He has also been a popular and highly respected tutor in Robinites (where else?); in his earliest R years the senior comedians of the house were inspired to immortalise him on stage – to which end they invented the Brooke Hall sketch, which remains to this day the highlight of the Lack of Talent shows. Matthew is not just an extraordinarily able, amiable, courteous and amusing beak with more style (suits, cars, high-powered intellectualism) than the rest of us can shake a stick at: he has an endearing capacity to surprise. When he and Kate accompanied WJL and the R Yearlings to Thorpe Park, WJL assumed that MGA was just being helpful – but it turned out that he was mainly excited at the prospect of the rides. Matthew’s enthusiasms are otherwise conspicuously highbrow. Consider the things we cannot imagine him doing: txting, wearing jeans, smoking a cheap cigarette, chewing gum whilst also scoffing an MRM ‘burger’ and glugging a nasty soft drink, watching the Jeremy Kyle Show, being rude or inconsiderate....
If noughties Charterhouse erred on the side of systematisation, MGA always provided the refreshing antidote. Matthew has poetry in his soul, and passionately communicates it to others. He cares about people and about great literature (probably in that order – though you would not want to get between him and his book) – and his educationalism is of that humane, decent, old-fashioned sort that may just be making a welcome come-back in our sad and confused 21st-century: a timely response to the prescriptive theorising beloved of governments. Time spent with Matthew is always a treat – and will include several of those glorious moments when he throws back his head and laughs loudly. It can also be expensive. Vintage Champagnes, other obscure and exotic wines – elaborate, slowly-cooked and ruinously priced food (‘I will not apologise for spending money on things that matter’) – opinions about life and art (which he surely considers to be one and the same): these are his stock-intrade. Matthew is widely loved here, and will be much missed. We are confident that he will at last come into his own as a wonderful Headmaster of King’s School Worcester. Matthew and Kate head west with our fondest wishes.
Vale, Matthew. That’s Latin for farewell.”
John Beresford Slinger
1953 - 2019
John Beresford Slinger on 5 August 2019, aged 66
D OQ66 - CQ70
House Monitor, Beveridge Society Member, Jazz Society Member, Greenroom
Death reported by his great friend Roger Noel (D 70)
Rodney James Osway Evans
1940 - 2019
Rodney James Osway Evans on 6 August 2019, aged 79
g OQ53 - CQ58
House Monitor, Senior Under Officer RN Section, Head of CCF
His younger brother Jeremy was also in Duckites (g67).
Peter Bernard Curtis
1935 - 2019
Peter Bernard Curtis on 30 July 2019, aged 83
R OQ49 - OQ53
Head of House, School Monitor, 1st XI Hockey - Member
His brothers were also in Robinites - John (R50) and elder twin David (R54).
Frederick Beresford Sowrey
1922 - 2019
Air Marshal Sir Frederick (Freddie) Beresford Sowrey KCB CBE AFC on 28 July 2019, aged 96
V CQ36 - OQ40
House Monitor, Choir Member
His son and granddaughter were in Verites, Peter (V66) and Katie (V93, Mrs Hartell).
The only son of Group Captain Frederick Sowrey DSO MC AFT, a WW1 fighter ‘ace’, Freddie joined the RAF straight after leaving School. Commissioned into the RAFVR General Duties Branch as a Pilot Officer on probation, he received his pilot training in Canada and joined No. 26 Squadron RAF in 1942 flying P-51 Mustangs. Then promoted to Flying Officer, he undertook aerial reconnaissance and in 1943, promoted to Flight Lieutenant, he served with the First Allied Airborne Army.
Post-war he was granted a permanent commission and from 1946-48 served with No. 615 Squadron. He attended Fighter Gunnery School, gaining promotion to Squadron Leader in 1951, and appointed Officer Commanding, No. 615 Squadron. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1954 and appointed CBE in 1965. He commanded the RAF transport base at Abingdon for two years and spent 1965 at the Imperial Defence College, with promotion to Air Commodore. As Senior Air Staff Officer, Middle East Command, he planned the UK withdrawal from Aden in 1967 and was appointed a Companion of the Bath in the 1968 New Year Honours.
After further senior appointments including responsibility for RAF training, commandant of the National Defence College and UK Representative at the Permanent Military Deputies Group CENTO, he was promoted to Air Marshal and created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in January 1978. He retired from the RAF in 1980.
Farming at Heron’s Ghyll in East Sussex, Sir Freddie became involved with a range of organisations including the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society and the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest. He became a trustee of the Guild of Aviation Artists and Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. He was chairman of the Victory Services Association and helped to establish the RAF Historical Society, becoming Chairman and later appointed as life vice president in 1996. In 1990 he bought and restored a vintage 1901 Darracq and was an regular participant in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
In 1942 he married Anne Margaret Haviland (nee Bunbury) who pre-deceased him in 2014; they had two children, a son and a daughter.
Comments from Professional Pilots Network: “A remarkable Officer.” “A truly kind and caring gentleman and an excellent leader of men.” “Rest in Peace Sir, your course is run and you will be greatly missed.”
A full obituary was published in The Daily Telegraph on 31 July 2019, and a second obituary in The Times on 13 August 2019.
Sir Frederick’s death brings to an end the RAF services of a remarkable family whose members had served for an unbroken period of 65 years; their story was told in a book “The Sowreys” by Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork in collaboration with Sir Freddie (Grub Street Publishing, 2012.)
Peter Richard Turner
1933 - 2019
Peter Richard Turner on 16 July 2019, aged 86
V OQ46 - CQ50
Michel Denis Jory
1927 - 2019
Michel (Mic) Denis Jory on 17 July 2019, aged 92
D OQ40 - LQ45
School Monitor, Captain of Fencing, Boxing Colours, 3rd XI Cricket - Member
Announced in the Toronto Globe & Mail:
“Mic and his wife Bridget settled in Canada in 1954; he enjoyed all sport, excelling at rugby and cricket, and was described as ‘A true gentleman...once the match was over, the results were never discussed.’
Throughout his life he was greatly involved with a number of charities, including ShareLife, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Rotary. He was a Past President and Life Member of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club and an active member of his parish church where his oratorical skills made him a popular speaker.
Mic died peacefully at home in Toronto. Survived by Bridget, his wife of 65 years, with their children Michèle, Isabel, Alexandra and Nigel, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Predeceased by younger brother Gerald (D49) and also other siblings, Harold and Ann.
Beloved by his family and friends, he will be greatly missed”.
Peter Michael Sedgwick
1953 - 2019
Peter Michael Sedgwick in July 2019, aged 66
S OQ66 - CQ71
School Monitor, Secretary of Mallory Group and Gramophone Society, Head of Scouts, 1st XI Hockey - member, 2nd XI Cricket - Member, 3rd XI Football - Captain
His younger brother Giles (S75) died in 1983 as a result of an accident. The Sedgwick Travel Award was set up by the family in his memory.
Stiven Ramsay Parsons
1927 - 2019
Stiven Ramsay Parsons on 24 June 2019, aged 91
H LQ41 - CQ45
Foundation Scholar, Senior Scholar, House Monitor
Stiven’s god-daughter Mrs Nicki Jefferis wrote:
“After graduation from Oxford with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) in 1948, Stiven was called up for National Service to the Navy. He began this in the Instructor branch and was initially based in Warrington, Cheshire before moving to serve at Portsmouth on the south coast. He remained in the Navy after his National Service was completed .
He had happy memories of his schooldays and a lifelong friend was Anthony Fenton Hill (H44), his ‘father’ at Charterhouse. After leaving the Navy, Stiven and Tony embarked on a road trip across the United States; they took in a lot of Route 66, this was in the 1950s when Las Vegas consisted of just one street.
On his return, he joined Kelvin Hughes Marine Radar (which later became part of Smiths Industries) in Hainault Essex where he rose to become Technical Sales Director. This position involved much travel and took him to, amongst other places, China, Japan, Germany and the United States. His company provided radar and communication equipment for many vessels worldwide such as the QE2 and the Royal Yacht Britannia. He retired in 1985.
Stiven never married but had a wide circle of family and friends; he spent his retirement sailing and travelling, which took him to Alaska, Thailand and included a round-the-world trip. He would also join Tony and his family for holidays and they regularly visited each other.
He read widely and at the time he passed away was reading a book entitled ‘Quantum - a guide for the Perplexed’. He maintained a healthy interest in, and kept himself up to date with, new technology and used it in everyday life until the very end.
In 2017 he moved from Chigwell to Keynsham in Bath & North East Somerset to be closer to family. He enjoyed his last two years in Abbeyfield supported housing where he arranged music and poetry afternoons for the other residents to enjoy. He passed away peacefully in his sleep there.”
Patrick Evan Cameron Mackwood
1933 - 2019
Patrick Evan Cameron Mackwood on 2 June 2019, aged 86
D LQ47 - LQ51
His son Andrew wrote:
In retirement, both he and his wife obtained their pilots’ licence for light aircraft. In 2007 they moved to Horncastle in Lincolnshire, his wife dying in 2010.
1950s and early 1960s. A great fan of Lewis Carroll, he was also interested in solving mathematical problem and crosswords, twice being a competition winner and receiving leather bound Chambers dictionaries as a prize. He sponsored a number of African children via World Vision and Action Aid for more than 30 years.
Martin Denis Blake
1927 - 2019
Martin Denis Blake on 27 June 2019, aged 92
G CQ41 - CQ45
His father and an uncle were Gownboys, as were cousins Peter Blake (G43) and Martin Evans (G47)
After National Service in the Royal Navy, Martin went up to Queen’s College Cambridge to read Modern Languages. He spent his working life in Public Relations for Swedish-Swiss Electrical Engineering group in Sweden.
In 2007 he moved to live with his sister in Cahors, France, where he died.
John Buckley Richard Ashley
1926 - 2019
John Buckley Richard Ashley on 22 June 2019, aged 93
D OQ39 - CQ44
Head of School, 1st XI Cricket - Captain, 1st XI Hockey - member, 3rd XI Football - Member, Heath Harrison Scholar of Brasenose, Oxford (Modern Languages)
His son Julian was in Verites (1969-73).
Gerald Anthony Jory
1930 - 2019
Gerald Anthony Jory OBE TD on 14 June 2019, aged 89
D OQ44 - LQ49
Head of House, Head of Choir, Senior Under Officer of Cadet Corps, Havelock Prizewinner (French composition), State Scholar
His older Brother Michel was also in Daviesites 1940-45.
Gerald recounted to his family that in spite of the handicap of arriving as a new boy halfway through OQ 1944, speaking English with difficulty because he had just spent five years interned in occupied France, he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent at Charterhouse. Fencing, cross-country and hockey were his favourite sports. On leaving, he was awarded a State Scholarship to read Modern Languages at Brasenose College, Oxford.
National Service was spent as a subaltern with the 63 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery and he was later a Captain in the Territorial Army Intelligence Corps.
The following tribute appeared in The Times on July 20 2019
Resistance hero who helped to save the British School of Paris - Gerald Jory
As a 13-year-old English schoolboy trapped in occupied France during the war Gerald Jory was dispatched on secret missions for the Resistance. In the dead of night he cycled to the barns hiding Allied airmen, who spoke no French, to communicate plans for their imminent return to Britain. When approaching a pilot’s hideout Gerald would leap into the nearest ditch the moment he heard any cars approaching. Abbé Barbier, a priest who belonged to a network run by Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Paris, had recruited Gerald in 1943. Nearly half of the 150 agents deployed by Barbier’s network were arrested. Gerald evaded capture by keeping a cool head. He once said of his activities in and around Paris: “I would make for given addresses either on foot or by metro. The main thing was to have a ready-made coherent story to tell the checkpoint police.” Quintessentially modest, Gerald described such missions as “of a relatively minor nature”, albeit “exciting because not without hazard”. In fact, he ran constant risk of capture by the Gestapo. Only in September 2018, less than a year before his death, did Gerald disclose the full details and write a memoir of his wartime adventures. He had been persuaded to do so by his wife and children.
Born on May 2, 1930, Gerald Anthony Jory was the third son of Philip Jory, a distinguished ear, nose and throat surgeon, and his French born wife, Yvonne Moullé, who became a British subject after her marriage. Philip instilled their five children with a sense of modesty and conscientiousness, while Yvonne, the daughter of a former préfet of the Somme department and president of the Cours de Comptes, displayed courage, resourcefulness and resilience when, from 1939 to 1944, she found herself alone with her younger children in occupied France. Their ordeal began after the Jorys had enjoyed their customary summer holiday in 1939 in the seaside resort of La Baule on the Loire-Atlantic coast.
This idyll of beachside archery and sandball fights ended with the outbreak of war: the older boys, Harold and Mic, returned with their father to their boarding schools in England. Because the family home was in central London — and vulnerable to German bombing — Yvonne, Gerald, Ann and Patrick remained in France. The Jorys did not predict the rapid German advance through northern Europe until it was too late. For four years Yvonne and Philip could only communicate through sporadic 25-word Red Cross messages. In June 1940 Gerald and his siblings narrowly escaped death after Yvonne secured them places on board RMS Lancastria. A fault with the family car prevented them from reaching Saint-Nazaire, where the troopship was docked. They were lucky not to embark. On June 17 the ship was hit by a German dive-bomber. “I recall drowned bodies being washed up on the beach for many days after the sinking,” Gerald later wrote. On December 5, 1940 he, his mother and remaining siblings were arrested and dispatched to Frontstalag 142, a prison camp in Besançon, eastern France. Enduring a new life of misery, filth and rats, the young Gerald was sustained by his belief in “king and country”. He was ten and Patrick was seven. Ann, aged nine, was ill with tuberculosis when the Jorys were released on January 31, 1941, thanks to a letter Yvonne had written to the departmental préfet. After sleeping on the floor of the Gare de Lyon in Paris, the Jorys found a home with cousins in the 15th arrondissement.
Ever after, Gerald attached deep importance to family ties. He was delighted when, 15 years ago, every living descendant of his parents, spanning infants to octogenarians, travelled from North America, England, France, Spain and Hungary to attend a party held by the Jorys at their country home at Pauillac in southwest France.
After the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944 Duff Cooper, the British ambassador, arranged for Yvonne and her children to fly from Le Bourget airport to Croydon, where a military car whisked them to Liverpool Street station. They travelled on to the Norfolk town of King’s Lynn for a joyful family reunion. Only Philip, who had become director of military hospitals in Egypt and Lebanon, was missing, but he returned home later in 1945. By then Gerald was thriving at Charterhouse, where he became head of his boarding house and the school choir. After taking a degree in modern languages at Brasenose College, Oxford, he began a career in insurance.
In 1960 Gerald was made chairman of Bain Sons & Golmick reinsurance brokers. Two years later he married Marie-Pascale Barbey. They had met at a house party in Tunisia composed largely of their cousins. Their exceptionally happy marriage produced four children: Carole, Oliver, Veronica and Annabel (now deceased). In 1976 the couple moved to Paris. Gerald retained a deep sense of British decency. After 15 years as managing director of the insurance company Hogg Robinson, he retired in 1980.
With quiet determination he embraced a new challenge: to revive the flagging fortunes of the British School of Paris. Gerald’s sensible management and diplomacy as chairman of the board of governors for 11 years were pivotal to the school’s transformation. In 1988 the Princess of Wales opened the new science building. Always courteous, Gerald held an umbrella over the princess to protect her from the rain. In 1989 he was appointed OBE for services to the British community in Paris.
Gerald’s passions were red wine, choral singing and military history. He loved people, and since Gerald’s death his family have received countless tributes recording his selfless generosity, both financial and with his time, from friends of all ages and stations.
To many, Gerald, with his dry humour, kindness and impeccable manners, was the epitome of “le parfait gentleman”.
Derek Norman Seaton
1922 - 2019
Derek Norman Seaton on 4 June 2019, aged 96
V OQ36 - CQ40
Derek James Shirley Remington
1929 - 2019
Derek James Shirley Remington on 24 May 2019, aged 90
g OQ42 - LQ47
Robert Innes Hadfield
1921 - 2019
Robert Innes Hadfield on 21 May 2019, aged 98
S CQ35 - OQ38
House Monitor, 3rd XI Football - Member
Other Carthusian family members: Brother David (S43, deceased 2010), son Richard (S69), nephew James (S74), and grandson Nicholas Bell (R03).
An obituary was published in The Farnham Herald on 30 May, under the headline:
Respected solicitor was ‘killed in action’
“Robert Innes Hadfield, was born in Bramhall, Cheshire, son of William Hadfield who was well known in the Stockport area as a solicitor and as Clerk to the Justices, a position which he later filled in Farnham when he moved to the town in the mid-1930s.
Robert was educated at Charterhouse and then worked in his father’s office. During WW2 he joined the army and was commissioned in the Royal Artillery.
After several postings, including one at Ilkley in Yorkshire where he was involved in anti-aircraft defence, he was eventually posted with the 6th Airborne Division to Germany, involved in the Rhine Crossing operation, having landed in a glider. His earliest recollection of the war in Germany was of a stormtrooper pointing a gun at him just as he exited the glider and pulling the trigger. A rude awakening! However, by some miracle, the round caused him no serious injury and resulted in him being only slightly hurt. But the incident did result in his parents receiving a message saying he was missing, believed killed in action.
In the immediate post-war period, Robert was sent on a peacekeeping mission between the Israelis and the Palestinians and saw out the rest of the war as a captain in the Royal Artillery.
On being demobilised he decided to take up the career followed by his father and obtained qualification as a solicitor in January 1949, joining his father’s firm as WH Hadfield and Son. They ran the office from premises above Lloyds Bank in Farnham, eventually moving to West Street when the bank needed more space.
In 1950, Robert married Shirley, who was a New Zealand children’s nurse. Their son Richard was born in 1951, followed by Christine and Caroline.
Robert played an active part in a number of organisations in Farnham, serving as Chairman of the Round Table and President of Farnham Rotary Club.
He was a keen golfer and a member of Hankley Common Golf Club for many years. He enjoyed walking, particularly in the Lake District and the South Downs, and also in Switzerland where by this time his father had settled.
Robert loved Farnham and his job as a solicitor. He was a well respected member of the professional and business community. His practice was general, concentrating on conveyacing, probate and trust work. It is ironic that a week or two before his death, the longstanding connection between the Hadfield family and local legal practice was severed on the disposal of the practice Hadfields Burt and Bowyer, which succeeded Robert’s old firm.”
David Stopford Brooke
1931 - 2019
David Stopford Brooke on 30 April 2019, aged 87
W LQ45 - OQ49
After National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps, David served with the Metropolitan Police in London for two years.
He moved to America and studied at Harvard University, gaining a BA & MA in Art History.
From 1962 he held a number of posts, firstly as Curator/Director of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard, then at Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario and then the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.
In 1977 he was appointed Director at the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, from where he retired in 1994. A statement given by the Institute declared: “David was a pivotal figure in the Clark's growth. While his tenure was marked by many accomplishments, we particularly benefitted from his keen eye in making many stunning acquisitions that are now beloved highlights of our collection, including works by Paul Gauguin, Francois Boucher, Pierre Bonnard, and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. He was also instrumental in creating programs to grow the art museum's name and market.”
His wife, Sandra Ludig Brooke, wrote: “David and I moved to San Marino, California, from Princeton, New Jersey, at the end of 2017 when I took when I took up a post at The Huntington Library--a lovely locus for someone who loves art and gardens as much as David did. It's a tremendous sorrow that he wasn't able to enjoy more time here. David had fond memories of Charterhouse and took me, our daughter and sons to visit there over the years. We are planning to inter his ashes in the family plot at Peaslake, Surrey in October.
David is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, a brother, sister and three grandchildren. His family said “He is remembered for his keen collector's eye, irreverent wit, and generosity to all; he remained kind, imaginative and curious until the end of his life.”
Bernard Howard Price
1928 - 2019
Bernard Howard Price on 11 May 2019, aged 91
H OQ39 - LQ46
1st XI Football - Member 1943-45, 1st XI Football - Captain 1945-46, Swallows Cricket
Brother of Philippe (L43, deceased 1978).
In 2012 Bernard wrote:
“I worked in the family bed manufacturing business, Sleepeezee, proud holders of two Royal Warrants. We sold the company in 1965 to Gulf & Western and I remained with them as Chairman of our company until I retired in 1987. With regret, I am no longer able to attend Robinites Dinners as my mobility is limited, but I guess that others will have similarly replied.”
He reminisced about his school years: “I entered Charterhouse aged eleven and a half, having come from prep school as a day-boy. I was therefore the youngest pupil in the school by far - thank heavens for the kindly Bertie Willett (BH1904-45) in Shell. I found those early years quite traumatic. Fagging, taking hot water in cans at 6.30am to the monitors. Toilets with no doors, swimming the compulsory two lengths of Baths in the nude - all on top of a terrible homesickness.
I remember that I put my whole week's butter ration on the fresh bread we had on Friday at supper. I remember having to do fire drill and scrambling over the slippery rooftops at Robinites. I remember working two to three hours per week turning the compost heaps on Northbrook farm, supervised by Mr Hollowell (BH1921-58).
I remember my German beak Dr Gerstenberg (BH1941-56), whom I greatly respected and admired. Myself and two others were the only boys learning German and were fortunate to have him as our master; in my book he was quite the most talented teacher in Brooke Hall at that time.
I was a proud member of the 1st XI football team for three seasons and captain in my final year. Peter May (S47) joined the team and I also played Fives with him as First Pair when we defeated Eton and Cranleigh. I managed to miss hashes with EDC "Bushey” Lake (BH1901-45) as I was playing Fives with Peter against Tony Wreford-Brown (BH1935-69) and Tommy Garnett (BH1938-52). So far as I recollect they were the only pair who ever beat us and as the games were very prolonged we were given special permission to miss the ongoing lesson, hence my Latin never progressed!”
Bernard is survived by his wife Madeleine, to whom he was married for almost 63 years, three daughters and seven grandchildren.
John David Bendit
1924 - 2019
John David Bendit TD on 26 April 2019, aged 94
V OQ37 - CQ42
School Monitor, 1st XI Cricket - Member, 1st XI Football - Member, Swimming Team - Member
Son of Alfred (V1906), father of Paul (V77) and Jonathan (V79, deceased 2013), grandfather of Henry (G2014), Great Uncle of Isobel Maier (D02), Chloe Maier (G07), Elise de Nardi (V10) and Alice Stacpoole (V18).
Richard Leslie Hills
1936 - 2019
Richard Leslie Hills MBE on 10 May 2019, aged 82
R OQ50 - OQ55
School Monitor, Head of House
Brother of John (R51, deceased 2014).
After National Service in the Royal Artillery Richard read History at Queen's College, Cambridge followed by Dip. Ed. He taught for a short time at Earnley School in Sussex and Worcester College for the Blind.
His fascination with things mechanical began with childhood toys and grew to embrace motor bikes, cars, locomotives and many types of industrial machinery. A year of research into fen drainage at Imperial College in London led to the award of its Diploma and the publication of his first book, Machines, Mills and Uncountable Costly Necessities.
He completed a PhD at UMIST in 1968 and while working as research assistant he became the founding Curator/Director of the North Western Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. The museum subsequently expanded and developed into a major attraction for the city, with thousands of visitors to the working exhibits of steam and internal combustion engines, papermaking, printing, spinning and weaving, scientific instruments, clocks, electrical exhibits and archives. He held the post of Honorary Reader in History of Science and Technology and in 2013 was awarded the University’s Medal of Honour. Two years later, his service to industrial heritage was recognised in the New Year Honours List by appointment as MBE.
Following early retirement on ill-health grounds, Richard continued to write extensively with articles and books on the history of technology; the last publication being in 2018 The Seven Ages of One Man (or How one man started the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester), a copy of which he donated to the OC Collection in Library.
Having decided to train for ministry in the Church of England, he was ordained in 1988 and served as Curate at St. Clements, Urmston, St. Pauls, Great Yarmouth, and St. Michael and All Angels, Mottram in Longdendale.
In August 2008 Richard married Bernice Pickford at St Michael and All Angels where they had met; sadly she died in 2016. He is survived by a sister, niece, three nephews and two step-daughters.
Timothy Peter Geoffrey Kitson
1931 - 2019
Sir Timothy Peter Geoffrey Kitson on 18 May 2019, aged 88
g CQ44 - OQ48
House Monitor, Cross Country Team - Member
Grandfather Henry (g1888), father Geoffrey (g1915), uncle George (g1917), deceased brothers Ian (g41) & William (g45), also a nephew Peter (g78) and cousin Norman (g49).
He studied at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester and farmed in North Yorkshire. Elected for the first time in 1959 as Conservative MP for Richmond, he held that seat continuously through five further General Elections. He was an Opposition Whip 1967-70 before being appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Edward Heath, firstly as Prime Minister 1970-74 and then as Leader of the Opposition 1974-75. A knighthood came in Heath's 1974 resignation honours list. In Margaret Thatcher’s government he served on the Public Accounts Committee, as Chairman of the Defence Committee and on the Commons Liaison Committee before deciding to retire from the House of Commons in 1983.
Afterwards Sir Timothy founded the Halifax Insurance Company. Following a takeover by Provident Financial, he became Chairman and also held directorships with other large companies including Leeds Building Society, Alfred McAlpine, SIG and Bradstock Insurance.
He was a keen and excellent shot on the grouse moors, but this pastime was eventually curtailed after surgery for a pacemaker following a heart attack. Another great interest was horse racing, being involved with various owner syndicates.
In 1959 he married Diana Mary Fattorini, known as Sally, with whom he had two daughters and a son.
Full obituaries were published in The Times on 21 May, The Daily Telegraph on 22 May
John Rennie Stewardson
1923 - 2019
John Rennie Stewardson on 10 May 2019, aged 95
B OQ30 - OQ41
House Monitor, Fencing Colours, Cygnets Football and Cricket
John Singleton Evans
1933 - 2019
John Singleton Evans in April 2019, aged 85
H CQ47 - OQ51
His father Reginald was also in Hodgsonites (H07).
David Maurice Yates
1934 - 2019
David Maurice Yates on 20 April 2019, aged 84
g LQ48 - OQ52
State Scholar, House Monitor, Walford Prize for Maths
Armel Conyers Cates
1942 - 2019
Armel Conyers Cates on 22 April 2019, aged 76
L OQ56 - OQ61
Head of House, 3rd XI Captain - Football, Beerbohm Society Secretary, Literary & Political Society, Modern Languages Society, Chapel Committee, Twice Havelock prizewinner, Life & Literature Prize
A Thanksgiving Service will be held at 12 noon on 28 June 2019 at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge SW1X 8SH
Peter Michael Lind
1928 - 2019
Peter Michael Lind on 27 March 2019, aged 90
S LQ42 - OQ45
1st XI Member - Football, Member - Athletics Team, 9th Man 303 Shooting Team
He did National Service with the Royal Horse Artillery and learned to fly with the RAF. He studied Civil Engineering at Imperial College and then graduated with an MBA from Harvard University in 1953. Whilst there he met his future wife Bonnie and after a honeymoon in Bermuda they left for life in England and settled down. Daughters Susanne and Nancy were born in Surrey before the USA beckoned him to go back to live there; the family emigrated to California through Canada after a year waiting there for the quota to open up for Englishmen to be admitted. Two more children, Michael and Alison, were born in San Francisco.
Life was very full, with lots of overseas travel, family skiing trips to Tahoe and Carmel Beach, belonging to a dance group, deep involvement with international groups to host foreign visitors and university exchange students, involvement in a vintage car club with many concours and tours. Music was a big part of his life with support and subscriptions to the San Francisco Symphony & Opera seasons. He was an avid and very talented photographer – his artistic eye was always able to capture the essence of an event, person or place he was visiting.
He retired after a career of forty years with LabCon North America, during which he was granted a patent which impacted on the plastics industry worldwide.
His wife Bonnie said:
“Peter loved his years at Charterhouse and often spoke of it; he was a member of the Saunderites 21st Century Club and kept in touch with many of his friends to the end. He will be dearly missed by our family, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.”
Michael John Dent
1938 - 2019
Michael John Dent on 12 April 2019, aged 80
L LQ52 - OQ54
Charles James Westendarp
1951 - 2019
Charles James Westendarp on 11 April 2019, aged 68
R OQ51 - CQ56
Foundation & Senior Scholar, House & Museum Monitor, 2 Leech prizes, Struan Robinson Prize,
Treasurer Jazz Society and Beerbohm Society
He followed family into Robinites - his father Rudolph (R21), uncles Herman (R15) and Charles (R23), and his cousin Nicholas (R56, deceased 2005).
Retired architect Charles died in Cramlington Hospital, Northumbria after a short illness. He became a Town Councillor of Alnwick in 2017 and was a great supporter of the town, heavily involved with a wide range of organisations. He will be sadly missed.
Kenneth Hindle Ashworth
1931 - 2019
Kenneth Hindle Ashworth on 10 April 2019, aged 87
L CQ45 - LQ50
House Monitor, Member - Athletics Team, 4th XI Member - Football
Ronald Robert Duncan McIntosh
1919 - 2019
Sir Ronald (Ronnie) Robert Duncan McIntosh KCB on 1 April 2019, aged 99
Foundation & Senior Scholar, Head of School, 1st XI Hockey team member
He went up to Balliol College, Oxford with a Leaving Exhibition in Classics to read PPE
In 2015 Sir Ronnie reflected on his life:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Charterhouse which played a big part in making me the person I became. In 1936 I was made Head of my House, Duckites, and I look back with pride on the decision my fellow monitors and I took to abolish corporal punishment. A year later I was appointed Head of School by Robert Birley, which made me think even more highly of him – and gave me an unforgettable experience when, as a seventeen-year-old, I had to read the lesson at the open air service held to mark the laying of the foundation stone of Guildford Cathedral in 1937.
I was never a great ball-player – skiing, swimming and sailing have been my preferred activities – but I scraped into the school team for hockey. In February 1938 we travelled to Germany to play a team in Munich. The eleven young Germans who spent the first evening with us, drinking copious quantities of Munich’s famous product, seemed a decent group. But as we made our way onto the pitch somewhat blearily the next day, we were dismayed to find the eleven Germans facing us were not the youngsters we had met, but a different group, fresh in wind and limb. I can’t recall the result, but feel sure we didn’t win!”
Sir Ronnie served with the Merchant Navy throughout WW2 and afterwards embarked upon a distinguished career the Civil Service, holding posts in the Board of Trade, Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, Department of Economic Affairs, Cabinet Office, Department of Employment, Treasury, and was appointed KCB in 1975.
A memoir of his long life beginning with his time at Charterhouse was published in 2014 by Biteback Publishing. Sir Ronnie said “I called it Turbulent Times - which indeed they were!”
His wife Doreen, who he married in 1951, died in 2009. The announcement of his death says “a much-loved uncle, great uncle, great-great uncle, godfather and a loving friend to many.”
National press tributes have described him as “A gifted and self-confident civil servant who in the 1970s was at the centre of Conservative and Labour government efforts to make their pay policies stick and head off economic failure. Dapper, innovative and immensely able – an advocate of centralised industrial planning – and one of the men in Whitehall who knew best”.
Paul Ashley Lawrence Vine
1927 - 2019
Paul Ashley Lawrence Vine on 7 April 2019, aged 91
R OQ41 - OQ46
School Monitor, Member - 3rd XI Cricket, Athletics Colours
Father of Edwina (G95).
George Noel Powell
1925 - 2019
Brigadier George Noel Powell DL on 2 April 2019, aged 93
House Monitor, 3rd XI Member - Football, Member - Sailing Team, Athletics and Maniacs Cricket
He followed his father and an uncle into Hodgsonites, as in turn did his son James (H70).
Former President of the Old Hodgsonites Association.
Much loved husband of Josephine and the late Charmian, father to James and Simon, grandfather to Camilla and Annabelle, great grandfather to Rosie. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Gerald William White
1928 - 2019
Gerald William White on 5 April 2019, aged 90
g OQ42 - CQ47
House Monitor, 1st XI Member - Hockey, 2nd XI Member - Football, 3rd XI Member - Cricket
Patrick Evan Cameron Mackwood
1933 - 2019
Patrick Evans Cameron Mackwood in 2019, aged 86
D LQ47 - LQ51
Edward John Machell Cox
1934 - 2019
Edward John Machell Cox (known as John) on 23 March 2019, aged 84
V CQ48 - OQ52
David Sinclair Mace
1937 - 2019
The Revd David Sinclair Mace in March 2019, aged 82
L OQ50 - OQ55
Head of House, 1st XI Captain - Football, Athletics Colours, Secretary of the Beerbohm Society, Head of Green Room, Member - Literary & Political Society and Wesley Society
Annabel Barbara Lucas
1958 - 2019
Annabel Barbara Lucas on 4 March 2019, aged 61
V OQ73 - OQ75
1921 - 2019
Conway Berners-Lee on 1 February 2019, aged 97
W OQ35 - CQ40
He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge with a Scholarship to read Mathematics. Whilst an undergraduate he volunteered for the armed services but was instructed to stay on to take parts I & II of the Tripos in a compressed two-year course as the government needed people trained in mathematics and electronics. He joined the Army, the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, and worked on gun laying and searchlight radar in England. After hostilities ended he was posted to Egypt and joined the statistics bureau in GHQ in Cairo, a unit of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He was demobilised in 1947 with the rank of Major.
Voices of Science at The British Library summarised his career:
“After wartime service, including work on information processing and radar, Conway Berners-Lee worked briefly at the National Physical Laboratory before moving to ICI. Here his focus was on the application of statistics to problems of quality control.
In 1952 he joined Ferranti, working closely with potential customers to understand their data processing needs as part of the sales process and in the development of new uses for computers. He continued to work for Ferranti and its successor companies until his retirement, contributing to the development of medical computing and the use of computers in text processing. After retirement he worked for the National Missing Persons Helpline for ten years.”
He met mathematician and computer scientist Mary Lee Woods at Ferranti and they married in 1954. She pre-deceased him in 2017 and he is survived by their four children Tim (Inventor of the World Wide Web), Peter, Helen & Michael.
John Foster Blackburn
1943 - 2019
Brooke Hall 1965 - 1967
John Foster Blackburn on 29 January 2019, aged 76
Brooke Hall LQ65-CQ67
John was an outstanding hockey goalkeeper both at Monkton Combe School and at Oxford, where he read Geography at St Edmund Hall.
After two years at Charterhouse he moved to the Dragon School, Oxford. All the masters there were known publicly by their nicknames, and he was always 'Splash'. There was a Housemaster, then latterly Senior Master until early retirement in 1992 when he moved to Caylus, southern France, as a guest house proprietor.
His funeral took place in Caylus, followed in April by a Memorial Service in Oxford
Patrick Norman Rose Cave-Browne
1926 - 2019
Patrick Norman Rose Cave-Browne on 20 February 2019, aged 93
S OQ39 - OQ43
His father Horace was also in Saunderites.
Extracts from the Eulogy given at his funeral at Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh:
“Patrick was proud of his family heritage with roots back to William the Conqueror. He was born to Major Horace Cave-Browne and Alice Rose Weir in Sialkot India, where his father’s regiment were stationed. After the first few years of his life in India, the family returned to the UK in 1930; travelling on the SS California from Bombay.
They settled first in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Patrick went as a boarder to Sandown prep school at Bexhill, then to Rosslyn House prep at Felixstowe. The family then moved to Dover and Patrick joined Dover College Junior School where he passed Common Entrance and followed in his father’s footsteps to Charterhouse. Among memories of his time there, Patrick recalled a lucky escape one evening during Banco when several bombs fell in School grounds, one landing only five yards from the window above his bed in Saunderites. Nobody was hurt, but there was a great scramble for souvenirs from the wreckage of the 100 pound bombs.
He joined the Officer Training Corps and the Home Guard when he was 17, becoming part of the bicycle section. He also chose to be involved in forestry, which mainly involved sawing up trees for fuel for the boarding house fires.
In December 1943 he volunteered for the Seaforth Highlanders as his mother had grown up in Morayshire. He was called up and his army career began in Hollywood, Northern Ireland, where he was on the officer training track. He was commissioned at the end of 1944 and posted to Elgin, and then to the 9th Seaforth Regiment at Hoddam Castle near Annan. It wasn’t long until the end of the war in Europe, and several of the officers were sent to West Africa for jungle-warfare training. Later he was posted to Nyasaland (Malawi) and he felt drawn to work with the Askari, and so he decided to leave the British Army and instead to join the Army of the Federation of Central Africa. He was posted to Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia as an officer in the Intelligence Department.
It was here that he met his future wife Mary. They had a lot in common, as both had families with history in the Indian Army. They become good friends and this pattern continued until finally they realised that maybe they were actually an item! They married in Salisbury on 3rd November 1956 and lived with the unit training mixed-race drivers near Bulawayo. It was an interesting and formative experience for them.
Their first child, Meg, was born in 1959 at Tug Argan Barracks in Northern Rhodesia and Ann followed in two years later. By this time, Patrick had decided to leave the army and moved to instructing the blind at a farm training unit not far from Tug Argan.
In 1964 the family returned to UK and Patrick started training to become a teacher of the blind. In 1970 they moved north to Edinburgh and to the house in Greenbank where he would live for the rest of his life.
His work in Edinburgh was firstly training war-blinded men at Linburn and, when that was done, a transfer to the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh gave him the chance to teach children to get around using a cane and to make bead maps to help plan routes. Countless young people benefited from Patrick’s kind and nurturing work as a teacher which helped to give them their independence.
That teaching instinct was strong and arose from his fascination with learning about past civilisations and culture and passing it on. He loved history from a very early age – especially going way back into the early days of humanity. He loved making replicas of artefacts from the past, and teaching others how to do it. Practical skills like making string from nettles, and lighting fires with flint were passed on to Scouts in Greenbank, St Andrews and Bridge of Weir and he even wrote a booklet called “Fire-Making: A survival skill from the past” published in 1987 by the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Mary enjoyed the history and archaeology too, and went along for the Roman dig at Cramond, the Crannog Reconstruction at Kenmore, and many fascinating trips to digs in Malta, Italy, Germany and Denmark.
In 2015 Patrick was awarded one of the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards for his services as volunteer at Archaeology Scotland over more than 20 years; he was responsible for fostering the use of hands-on skills and educational outreach programmes to blind children and those with special education needs. The awards programme acknowledged and celebrated remarkable individuals and their efforts in helping to better understand, appreciate and protect Scotland’s heritage and history, for present and future generations. Family was very important to Patrick, he loved his daughters and was very fond of his grandchildren: Robert, Stuart, Keith and Kenna, and more recently a precious granddaughter, Emily Grace. In the last couple of years, Stuart moved to live with his grandfather enabling him to continue some activities and go to the Friendship Club and Services at his Church. So Patrick spent his final days at home where past special occasions had been shared, and was able to celebrate his 93rd birthday with family just a month before his death.
We can wholeheartedly say, “Thanks be to God for the long and richly lived life of Patrick Cave-Browne”.
Andrew Glynn Whittle
1926 - 2019
Andrew Glynn Whittle on 12 February 2019, aged 92
D OQ39 - CQ43
Timothy Kenneth Pool
1943 - 2019
Timothy Kenneth Pool on 5 February 2019, aged 75
V LQ57 - CQ61
Younger brother of Anthony (V57).
Richard John Alexander Ball
1948 - 2019
Richard John Alexander Ball on 6 February 2019, aged 71
V OQ61 - CQ66
Head of House, 2nd XI Football Colours, Athletics colours
He followed the footsteps of his father and two uncles into Verites.
His friend Michael Boswell (g63) reported:
“Rick died in South Africa. He and his wife Sal had two daughters, Natalie and Georgie, both of whom married last year and Natalie is now expecting her first child: such a shame Rick missed that.
Rick had a rough time, health-wise, in recent years, including leukaemia, for which, when I spoke to him in the last couple of weeks he knew the treatment had been unsuccessful.
We all will remember Rick as the life and soul, with that wonderful deep laugh. I shall miss him.”
Peter Dod Robin Gardiner
1928 - 2019
BH 1952 - 1967
G H'Master 1965 - 1967
Peter Dod Robin Gardiner on 5 February 2019, aged 91
Brooke Hall 1952 - 1967
Housemaster of Gownboys OQ65 - CQ67
Father of Edmund (R78) and Celia (G80).
Son-in-law of JS Wright, Brooke Hall 1922-1957, Housemaster of Pageites 1943-1957.
Peter left Charterhouse to take up his appointment as Headmaster of St Peter’s School in York until 1979. Afterwards he was Deputy Head at Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City.
Amongst several publications were two jointly written with Sir Brian Young (Headmaster 1952-1964) The Design of Prose and Intelligent Reading,
His wife Juliet died at Easter 2019; he is survived by their son and daughter, grandchildren and a great grandchild.
David Summerscale (BH 1963-75) gave this tribute at Peter’s Memorial Service held at Charterhouse on Saturday 13 July:
“I am acutely conscious that Peter may be looking over my shoulder for any trace of the slipshod or the imprecise in what I attempt to say about surely one of the finest schoolmasters to have spent his career-launching years at Charterhouse.
I can only claim to have known a small chunk of those years at first-hand: I arrived in the bleak midwinter of 1963; Peter was not yet either Head of English or Housemaster, but clearly designated as heir-elect of both posts. In his short reign of two years as Housemaster of Gownboys, he set about transforming the blinkered and repressive regime of its darker ages. He brought a fresh concern for the academic and the cultural without neglecting the sporting necessities; and, with that, a shrewd awareness of the needs and significance of the individual which was not a characteristic feature of 1950’s Charterhouse. He was already something of a pioneer.
In those days, Heads of English were classicists. So, for Peter, the key to his approach as a teacher matched T.S Eliot’s ‘And every phrase And sentence that is right (where every word is at home, Taking its place to support the others….)’. The title of the book that he created with his Headmaster, Brian Young, was ‘Intelligent Reading’, and I think that they both concocted brain-teasers for the Sunday Times. Peter’s own incisive intelligence marked all his reading and judgments, but it was invariably accompanied by a teasing chuckle and he never sought to overpower or dominate intellectually. Under his guidance, English became, for the first time, a specialist subject in its own right, and Peter’s teaching was - and clearly remained - brilliantly stimulating.
Peter had, of course, always read everything. As one does with wine experts, I used to play games in later years to try to catch him out with a book he might not know - but I very rarely succeeded. And, with an innocent twinkle in his eye, he would then riposte with some gentle exploration of one’s own ignorance. When I saw him in hospital, looking perhaps less sprightly physically than the PDRG of Charterhouse days, a Dickens novel was in his hand, his critical response as alert and perceptive as ever, and his main concern was the well-being of our new-born grand-daughter.
For many years, long after his time at Charterhouse, Peter and I were the Revisers at A level English Literature for the Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board, of blessed memory. The exam papers were produced by some very distinguished people - Oxford Professors and so on - but as a Reviser Peter put the occasional woolly enthusiasms of the professional Eng Lit specialists to shame. He worked through every question of every paper meticulously, hunting down any possibility of ambiguity or of a candidate failing to understand the intention of the wording. Year after year, he set a wonderful example of intellectual care, clear-thinking and commitment. One never stopped learning from Peter.
If all this may sound a trifle austere, Peter had made his mark at Charterhouse not just in academic or pastoral terms, but as an entertainer. Those were the wonderful days, when teachers somehow found time to put on annual plays. Before I turned up at the School Peter was already a legend on stage as writer, actor and producer of Brooke Hall and School plays: Peer Gynt 1958, Julius Caesar, The Wild Duck.....The Carthusian recorded: ‘Mr Gardiner has produced fine plays at Charterhouse but none can have been such a supreme achievement as Peer Gynt’ - a tribute confirmed in the Quatercentenary Book of 2011 by the maestro of Charterhouse drama, Geoffrey Ford; he wrote: ‘In spite of the shortcomings of Hall (as a theatre) I recall some extraordinary achievements - Peter Gardiner’s production of Peer Gynt is still a vivid memory’. And Peter wrote wonderfully witty entertainments such as ‘Haveahavana’ for the Brooke Hall cast. I remember a characteristically pithy pseudo-advertisement: ‘Robinites start well with Hartwell’ (Ted Hartwell being the Robinites Housemaster at the time).
There is also a splendid reference in The Carthusian to Peter opposing the motion ‘Manners makyth man’ in the Debating Society, 1954: his opening statement declared that the motion was ‘unmitigated bunkum’ and inevitably he won the day hands down. Summing-up in that debate, Peter said ‘what made a man was not his manners but his inner self’. It is to that quality in him, the inner self, that we pay special tribute today. In Eliot’s words again, let us pray that for Peter and for Juliet - with her strength and resolution and constant support - to make an end is indeed to make a beginning. ‘The end is where we start from’. "
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Richard Michael Butcher
1929 - 2019
Dr Richard (Dick) Michael Butcher on 6 February 2019, aged 89
D OQ42 - CQ47
Head of House, Charterhouse Medical Officer (CQ66 - CQ94)
Younger brother of John (D1941, killed in action WWII).
Father of Hugh (G81), Claire (S82, Mrs Stockdale), Elizabeth (g84), grandfather of Olivia (S13) and Camilla (D16) Stockdale.
Family obituary pending
When Dick retired in 1994 after almost three decades as Charterhouse Medical Officer, the following tributes from Brooke Hall colleagues were published in Carthusian magazine:
Dr IM Blake (BH 1968-94, Housemaster Robinites 1976-91)
“Dick Butcher has known Charterhouse, literally man and boy. He came to Daviesites in OQ 1942 and left for Cambridge five years later, returning as School Medical Officer in CQ 1966. He has experienced five Headmasters and seen changes spanning war and peace, ranging in importance from the renaming of 'Summer Quarter' (after he left in 1947) to the transformation from a 'carrels', 'cubes' school to our present 'study bedroom' philosophy, in the course of which both Great Comp and his own old House were transplanted onto Northbrook. Twenty-eight years as School Doctor has given him greater insight into Carthusians, beaks and staff, than any other member of the community, yet very few realise how extensive is his knowledge of the school, how invaluable his influence, or how wide-ranging his responsibilities. This latter fact was borne upon me when I overheard a casual conversation in Brooke Hall the day Dick's retirement was announced. "Quite a nice job. Sign a few prescription forms for half-an-hour every morning. After all, on the whole, a school is a pretty healthy place" - the clear implication being that the post was a sinecure and no school really needed a School Doctor in daily attendance. For the many Carthusians who retain rude health and for many beaks, he may indeed be shadowy, almost unknown. However, this is very far from the fact and perhaps the only people who are in a position accurately to assess the contribution of a School Doctor are those who are or have been Housemasters. I find difficult, if not impossible, to imagine how the many and varied responsibilities could have been undertaken with more compassion, more expertise, or more wisdom, than Dick has shown year in and year out. During almost sixteen years in Robinites, I found his advice invaluable, his sympathetic understanding of the boys quite exceptional and his supportive discretion admirable. His succinct observations are marvellously perceptive. "That chap of yours this morning... I expect you know that he's having a bad time over his parents' divorce? He's worried about his Mother. Do you think a weekend at home with her would be a good idea?" "Isn't that chap we've got in Great Comp good value? He's not at all well, but he's absolutely charming to the Staff there. A very nice boy. He'll be worth his weight in gold as a Specialist." "You know that fellow you sent to see me this morning? Well, as you suspected, it's not really his knee at all. I've suggested that he comes along tonight and tells you what he told me. I said I was sure you'd listen sympathetically." These brief conversations, and many others like them, remain vividly in my memory, not as medical reports but as the very best kind of pastoral concern. A School Doctor must be able to read between the lines and recognise that the teenager who tells Matron he wants advice about an antibiotic cream for his face, is really afraid he's suffering from VD or AIDS or cancer. Carthusians have always known that Dick will take them seriously and is not there in any disciplinary capacity whatever. If he assures them that they have no need to worry, they know they can have confidence in his verdict and that what they tell him remains confidential. He has also come just as discreetly to the rescue of a good many beaks over the years I would guess, especially those who have, for all sorts of different reasons, found themselves under intolerable pressure. If it is a case of consulting a Specialist for a further opinion, Dick always knows the right chap - not merely as a name on a list, but personally. This is the direct result of keeping himself up-to-date with contemporary developments in medicine - no little achievement these days. As a medical 'layman' I particularly appreciated his patient explanations of a disorder - the precise mechanics of Osgood Schlatter Disease and why the victim may swim but not run a cross-country, or exactly why rest is so essential to complete recovery from glandular fever. However, quite apart from the medical expertise on offer, Charterhouse has been especially fortunate in his almost intuitive understanding of boys and girls under emotional pressure. There are several cases I call to mind, when his wisdom (including forthright advice to overambitious parents) defused a situation that, wrongly handled or ignored, would have had tragic consequences. I am quite certain other Housemasters have similar experiences. It is very easy for the panic and hysteria of the few, rapidly to infect an entire year-group facing important examinations; Dick's unflappability when advising Carthusians and their Housemasters during the emotional upheavals endemic to adolescence has probably contributed more than any other single factor to the equability of our A Level candidates over the last quarter century. We all take his expertise for granted but, after twenty-eight years, he is in fact a very rare Specialist - not in one single medical condition, but in a wide range of injuries, infections and disorders common to one specific age group which, relatively speaking, goes largely unstudied by the individual GP or hospital Consultant. We recognise the speciality of paediatricians and geriatricians, but 'adolescentiatricians' are still unacknowledged. School Medical Officer is one of three appointments made directly by the Governing Body (the Headmaster appoints all masters and Housemasters) and this distinction acknowledges the importance of the post and the unique situation in which a school doctor is placed. If a Housemaster goes quietly potty, becomes dipsomanic, or simply shuts himself in his study and is never seen, then the Headmaster must remedy the situation. However if it is the Headmaster himself who thinks he's being followed by little green men with beards, then the School Doctor's unenviable task is to let the Governing Body know. He has to assess the physical and mental health of the community as a whole - pupils, beaks, staff - whether or not he is the personal doctor for each individual. In this way he has responsibility for the morale and physical well-being of the entire school. So upon reflection, the callow conversation about the imagined sinecure of School Medical Officer which I overheard was, unintentionally, a compliment. For the very fact that the speakers were ignorant of the hidden responsibilities, is the greatest possible tribute to the discreet and confidential delicacy with which Dick has fulfilled his office. We are constantly reminded that 'Nobody is indispensable,' but it is equally true that some people are very sadly missed. Dick will be greatly and genuinely missed. He relishes the fellowship of Brooke Hall, with its unique tradition of candlelit dinners recorded in dinner books that go back well over a hundred years, with the donnish conversational mixture of the academic and the purely social. He has been nobly supported in every way by Tessa, whose own experience was always generously available to the Charterhouse community. She too will be much missed by those of us who have had the good fortune to come to know her. At the end of the last century, a notoriously reclusive and tenacious head of a Cambridge College was sumptuously dined by the Fellows on his eighty-ninth birthday as a hint that he should announce his impending retirement. He rose to thank them: "Gentlemen, although, as some of you know, I have a reputation for being shy, I must make it clear I am by no means retiring," spoke for thirty-five minutes and died still in office at the age of ninety-five. Dick has never been reclusive, but it is difficult to imagine him putting his feet up. A disreputable relation of Bertie Wooster secured comfortable retirement by writing his revelationary and scandalous memoirs, then sending relevant page-proofs to each eminent acquaintance, friend, or relation who featured in them, explaining that he was sorry, but unfortunately his publishers had told him "at this late stage it would cost a couple of hundred pounds to delete the passage in question before publication". After twenty-eight years as school doctor - six generations of Headmasters, Brooke Hall and Carthusians - Dick is probably even better placed to write revelationary memoirs. Perhaps he can be persuaded instead, to consider writing the sensible handbook on adolescence and growing-up which, extraordinarily, is still lacking and which would be such an invaluable aid to parents, housemasters and teenagers themselves. After that, a perhaps even wider audience would appreciate his other little-known specialisation - fine claret; Dick has a most discriminating palate (in this field, the equivalent of the surgeon's touch). If so, we shall, in wishing him well, envy the further fieldwork entailed, although, in view of the National Health economies, it seems unlikely that it will qualify for an MRC Research Grant.”
CE Davies (BH 1966-93, Housemaster Saunderites 1972-86):
“When I arrived at Charterhouse in 1966 Dick Butcher also came on the scene as School Doctor. I remember thinking at the time of our first meeting that he was astonishingly assured and familiar with all the nuances of Charterhouse. This was not surprising since he had been in Daviesite as a boy from 1942 to 1947. Another point that strikes me forcible in retrospect is that he hasn't changed in appearance over the years any more than the outside of Hardwick's buildings or the contemplative face of Dr Haig Brown. It is sad to see one of the apparently immemorial fixtures of the establishment approaching retirement, all the more so when one comes to appreciate Dick's very deep love for the place. Very few school doctors can have known quite so much about what was going on in the school, or developed such a personal knowledge of the qualities and characteristics of individual pupils. It was invariably interesting to hear dick talk about someone, present or past, and pick up some comment or assessment that just had not occurred to one. In this area he was particularly helpful to Housemasters, often enlarging the horizons of compassion for some particularly irritating individual with a comment on domestic problems or the personality of whoever happened to be under the microscope for joint discussion at any one moment. Nevertheless, extensive as were his understanding and tolerance, Dick was adept at sniffing out rotten apples and in context such supporting opinion was well worth having. One could talk to Dick about anything without the slightest inhibition and that certainly reduced the temperature in anything contentious. However, it was always much more fun to discuss other things, especially because Dick and his wife Tessa became increasingly Francophile as the years went by. Information passed on about hotels, meals or places to visit revealed unsuspected qualities, even gastronomic indulgences far removed from the floor polish and disinfectant of Great Comp's surgery. And all without an inch on the waistline. Remarkable. Dick and Tessa scattered their three children round different Houses. Hugh was in Gownboys, Claire in Saunderites, and Elizabeth in Duckites: different personalities for different establishments. I can only say in this context how much I enjoyed Claire's company and the much needed brisk efficiency she added to the place. There were also the casualties, even in Brooke Hall, where Dick was so helpful to the individual involved and also acting as both buffer and interpreter between that person and Brooke Hall. One thinks of Ken Chare and his paralysing car smash or Tony White in his later years in Pageites and after. In a different way at least two Headmasters found Dick a most reliable and reassuring confidant - Oliver Van Oss and Brian Rees. Both, in their widower years, needed someone with whom they could let off steam or reduce the tensions of a rather lonely existence. In Oliver's case, of course, the link went much further in fostering and encouraging Helen's ambitions to be a doctor. That, were there not other things to celebrate, would have been credit enough. Apart from parties or Christmas celebrations at Midsummers, I shall particularly miss Tessa. She is one of those people one can ring up at any time for a vast range of information or help, whether it be a recipe or some more significant matter. She does, after all wear three hats - as doctor, expert on dyslexia, and as local magistrate. I hasten to say that it was the middle hat that had most cause to be worn in the Saunderites years. I very much hope that Dick and Tessa will find somewhere round here to live in their retirement, so that one can continue to meet up often, either to reminisce or, more practically, to discuss new boltholes in France.”
RA Ingram (Brooke Hall 1971-2006, Housemaster Saunderites 1987-2002)
“Charterhouse has been most fortunate to have had Dick and Tessa Butcher at the heart of the community for so long. That Charterhouse is known to be such a warm and friendly place owes much to them and their natural compassion and to the stability that has come with their length of service. As an Old Daviesite Dick had many contacts even before he returned to the School to practise in 1966 and in the subsequent years has naturally developed many more in Carthusian, social and medical circles so that there is a very useful web of contacts from which unwittingly the boys and girls have gained greatly. As Senior Partner at The Square he had, of course, many responsibilities beyond those of Charterhouse but he always had time instantly were there a problem at school, even in recent years with all the difficulties caused by reorganisation in the Health Service. Many of the Carthusians are grateful for his diagnostic insight, the troublesome appendix, for example, or the gloomy glandular fever spotted early. Dick has a very good understanding of adolescents and a sensitive appreciation of their problems and an ability to distinguish typical waywardness from some more deep-seated difficulties. Indeed I think he has the three essential skills of a medical officer working in a boarding school: the diagnostic nose, an uncanny understanding of the adolescent and the quiet dependability that allows trust to take root. I count myself very fortunate to have been able to work alongside someone who was so completely reliable in such a crucial area. But Dick would be the first to pay tribute to Tessa's contribution too. Whether as a doctor, or a magistrate or professional counsellor or with a comforting maternal embrace Tessa was always there, a crucial part of their partnership which has added so much to the warmth of the school community. Dick and Tessa are totally devoted to the School and nothing is too much trouble for them. To many Carthusians and many members of the School community as well as being medical officers they are counsellors and friends both in sickness and in health. They were very kind to Sandy and me at a personal level and thoughtfully helped us to become familiar with some of the surrounding villages and their pub lunches; they will be greatly missed and certainly deserve more time now to explore together their favourite haunts in Cornwall and France. It will be difficult to imagine Charterhouse without Dick Butcher. To say that he is an 'institution' would be to do him a disservice, for that word implies a certain fuddyduddiness and conservatism that are quite alien to Dick's makeup. The only doctor I had ever had before arriving at Charterhouse was my doctor at home. The concept of a 'school doctor', on duty each day of the term, was a new one. My wife and I had no hesitation in registering with Dick; if he was good enough for the school, he was good enough for us. He has, over the 23 years that he has been our doctor, administered to our every need and become a really good friend. If there were to be a single word to sum up Dick, it would, for me, have to be 'caring'. It is difficult to conceive of a more conscientious family doctor, for no ailment, however small, has even seemed too trivial. Dick is not only a very caring man, but also very careful and certainly not one to lull you into a sense of false confidence - not for him the approach that might lead to negligence. He has always been accessible, whether he's been at Great Comp, the Square surgery in Godalming or his home in Mark Way, and there can be no better testimony to his caring nature than that. In a curious sort of way, I always rather look forward to my (fairly rare) visits to see Dick, for I always know that we're going to have a good laugh.The medical business is normally dispatched fairly rapidly, and then we get down to the really interesting issues. One of his favourite topics is holidays, especially those just past and those impending. Dick used to be fairly indifferent to foreign parts, saying that as he'd flown over somewhere, that was good enough for him. Now he can be quite passionate about other countries, especially France which he and Tessa love. Another permanent theme of the consultation is the state of the Health Service and the stupidity of politicians, especially those of a Conservative variety. There is a radical streak in Dick's character and personality that reflects many of the values that underlay the foundation of the NHS. Not for nothing is the Square practice still a non-fund holding practice. One gets the feeling that the commercialisation of the Health Service is something that Dick strongly disapproves of. Dick's sense of fun and jollity can surface in all sorts of places - his surgery, the hospital ward, Booby's Bay in Cornwall, and not least Brooke Hall, a part of the school that Dick undoubtedly values a great deal. His willingness to be ruthlessly frank about public figures is mirrored by his scrupulous adherence to the Hippocratic Oath. All doctors are obliged to maintain confidences, but how much more difficult it must be when so many of one's patients are friends and colleagues of one another. A housemaster's dealings with the school doctor assume a completely different dimension from those of a master dealing with him as an individual, conceivably with a family. Like all housemasters, I have been enormously grateful to Dick for his wise counsel and advice on a whole host of boys and girls and their various problems. One of his great skills has always been his methods of referral to this specialist or that. The speed with which these referrals are effected has been a major contributory factor towards getting individuals back on the road again. His willingness to see boys and girls about all sorts of matters, not always medical, has made him hugely successful in his job. In this context, it would be monstrous not to mention his wife Tessa, who has also been permanently willing to lend an ear to predicaments of all sorts and give sage advice based on her own expertise and experience. Dick and she have been a real team. At the end of the day, the litmus tests of whether a patient feels positive or negative about his or her doctor are whether the doctor is approachable, friendly and effective in his prognoses. Thousands of Carthusians and hundreds of members of Brooke Hall, (quite apart from his patients at the Square), have genuine reason to be very grateful indeed to Dick. His avuncularity, his sense of fun and his keen insight into the human predicament will be missed by many.”
Tom Allan Bruce-Jones
1941 - 2019
Tom Allan Bruce-Jones CBE on 23 January 2019, aged 77
H OQ54 - LQ60
Foundation Scholarship, Head of School, Head of House, 1st XI Member - Hockey, 2nd XI Member - Cricket, Fives Team
Also in Hodgsonites, his father Tom (H29) and uncles Reid (H30) and James (H28); in Weekites cousins James (W54) and Malcolm (W59).
Christopher Lankester Langworthy Parry
1932 - 2019
Christopher Lankester Langworthy Parry on 27 January 2019, aged 86
S OQ46 - LQ50
David Mackenzie Kirke-Smith
1947 - 2019
David Mackenzie Kirke-Smith on 11 January 2019, aged 71
D LQ61 - CQ66
Head of House, Deputy Head of School, 1st XI Hockey - Memebr, Athletics Team - Member
His father Martin was in Daviesites (1938) as was his son Douglas (D01).
Richard Graham Purvis
1966 - 2019
Richard Graham Purvis on 12 January 2019, aged 52
g OQ80 - CQ84
2nd XI Member - Hockey, Rugby Team Member, Athletics Team Member, Head of Green Room and Member of Adventurous Training Group
Elder brother of Nicholas (g88), who wrote:
“Sadly my brother suffered a stroke shortly before Christmas.
In the years following School he excelled as a Hockey goalkeeper, winning all manner of international and domestic medals with the powerhouse club of its day that was Hounslow.
More recently he had a huge impact as teacher, first at More House School, Farnham and then at Ebbsfleet Academy where he was Head of Maths.”
William Jervis Whiteley
1930 - 2019
William Jervis Whiteley in 2019, aged 89
R LQ45 - CQ48
Athletics Colours, Cross Country Colours
Old Carthusian relatives: Father Russell (R1910), Uncle Frank (R1911), Uncle Charles (D26), brother Patrick (R40) all deceased - and nephew Mark (R83).
George Alexander Clark Hutchison
1939 - 2019
George Alexander Clark Hutchison in 2019, aged 80
Debating Society, Wesley Society
Philip Richard Durnford
1964 - 2019
Philip Richard Durnford on 18 January 2019, aged 54
g OQ78 - CQ83
Member - 1st XI Cricket, Football and Hockey, Captain, Senior Pairs Fives
Brother of Angela (g83), father of Robyn (R15).
His friend James Wyatt (g83) wrote:
“Phil and I first met outside the Headmasters study with our parents in September 1978 to sign in; we signed out together in 1983.
He was an exceptional sportsman, not only representing the school for two years in all the major sports but also playing for the fives and squash teams, and pretty good at racquets too. Outside School he was a superb water-skier and golfer.
In his professional life, Phil took to the skies. In South Africa firstly he was crop-spraying and then working for De Beers flying diamonds out of a mine. Moving on to commercial flying on Airbus A320s, he subsequently became the youngest captain in the A340 fleet.
He joined Gulf Air and eventually found himself at the Bahrain Royal flight, initially flying every variation of Gulfstream. His last appointment was flying the King of Bahrain’s private 747 – a job he particularly loved.
Phil died, after a gritty fight against prostate cancer. I attended his memorial service in Bahrain, which was a huge affair, with all his flying chums arriving from various corners of the globe and a delegation from the Royal family. I was very pleased to be asked to speak and tell everyone something of Phil’s Charterhouse days.”
He is survived by his wife Lucinda and their daughters Megan and Robyn.
Anthony Gordon Fathers
1931 - 2019
Anthony Gordon Fathers on 7 January 2019, aged 87
H OQ44 - OQ49
Prizewinner - Sutton and Thackeray, Head of House and Editor of The Carthusian
George Angus Rolston
1932 - 2019
George Angus Rolston on 15 January 2019, aged 86
V LQ46 - CQ49
Captain of Shooting
John Williamson Perrin
1930 - 2019
John Williamson Perrin in January 2019, aged 89
V OQ43 - CQ47
Nicholas George Mensforth Eyles
1947 - 2019
Nicholas George Mensforth Eyles on 8 January 2019, aged 71
W OQ60 - CQ65
Cousin of Anthony (W53), Christopher (W57) & Timothy Eyles (W91)
Past Commodore of OC Yacht Club
Full obituary pending.
Oliver Simon Conn
1971 - 2018
Oliver Simon Conn on 7 December 2018, aged 47
G LQ85 - CQ89
Talbot Geography Prizewinner, Member of Adventurous Training Group
Elder brother of Joe (G95).
John Keighley Lund
1941 - 2018
John Keighley Lund on 29 December 2018, aged 77
g LQ55 - CQ57
CCF Cadet Instructor, Green Room
John attended Bradford Management College and achieved a Dip.Tech in Worsted Spinning & Combing and FInstM in Textile Marketing. He became Chairman of Glenanne Jacquards Ltd in Northern Ireland and founder of The Lund Group.
He was a keen member of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. Also a keen gardener, an interest shared with Erica, over two decades they transformed the garden of their home in Moira, County Armagh, opening it to the public as part of the National Trust Ulster Gardens Scheme.
His second wife Erica pre-deceased him in 2018. He is survived by son Caspar, daughter Melissa, two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Another son, Oliver, died suddenly in 2011.
Peregrine Anthony Litton Simson
1944 - 2018
Peregrine Anthony Litton Simson on 13 December 2018, aged 74
G OQ57 - OQ62
State Scholarship, Library Monitor, Maniacs captain, Debating Society Committee, Seargant CCF, Choir, Member - 3rd XI Cricket
Brother of Martin (G59, deceased 2016) and Jay (G66), father of Christy (G88)
He was awarded a Holford Exhibition and went up to Worcester College, Oxford, to read Jurisprudence.
Having qualified as a solicitor, he became a Partner of Clifford-Turner, London (later Clifford Chance).
Robert Ralph Neild
1924 - 2018
Professor Robert Ralph Neild on 18 December 2018, aged 94
D CQ38 - OQ42
School monitor, 4th XI Member - Football
A Cambridge economist who, in his long career, made a major contribution in several fields, including economic policy and peace research.
Robert was a twin, one of three children of Quaker parents, his father an Indian civil servant turned lawyer and his mother the daughter of a Quaker industrialist and MP.
He reportedly described his Charterhouse education as “indifferent, but lucky in history with a remarkable teacher in the shape of Walter Sellar” (BH 1932-1951, co-author of 1066 and All That’).
He joined the RAF in 1943 but was invalided out in 1944 and saw no action. He then joined the operational research section of RAF Coastal Command, being put to work in a team of scientists trying to assess how high patrols should be flown when searching for U-boats that stayed underwater equipped with a breathing pipe. In the summer of 1945 he moved to the continent to join a team assessing the effects of attacks on ground targets by tactical aircraft and witnessed at first hand the bombed city of Hamburg, the residues of the concentration camp at Belsen and other horrors of war.
In the autumn of 1945 he returned to Trinity College, Cambridge and, because of his earlier attendance on an RAF short course, was permitted to obtain his economics degree in two years, taking a First. In order to pursue research into how the economy worked, he left Cambridge in 1958 for the National Institute for Social and Economic Research (NIESR) in London. He became Editor of its Quarterly Economic Review and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Institute. After the 1964 election of Harold Wilson’s Labour government, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan appointed him as Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury. In 1966–8, Neild served as a member of the Fulton Committee on the Civil Service.
At the height of the Cold War and the East/West arms race, he was appointed founding director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He and his team undertook major studies of the arms trade and the problem of chemical and biological warfare, coming to the view that the arms negotiations failed because they were based on the pursuit of a balance, a condition that was impossible to define, given all the asymmetries of geography and military capabilities, and was not a condition of stability. Later returning to the arms race problem in the 1980s, he critically analysed the theoretical and practical defects of the pursuit of balance and studied how the adoption of alternative, less threatening, non-nuclear strategies might bring the arms race to an end. With others, he was influential in promoting the approach, which was adopted by USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
When a Chair in the Cambridge economics faculty became vacant in 1971, he returned from Stockholm to take it. From 1979 to 1980 he was Vice-Chairman of the Armstrong Committee on UK Budgetary Reform. When the Thatcher government slashed university budgets, he took retirement in 1984 aged 60; he was keen to leave the faculty in-fighting and delighted by the opportunity to devote his time to research. He became a Life Fellow of Trinity College.
Applying his mind to other practical problems - as a lover of oysters, he puzzled over why they are so scarce in Britain and so abundant in France. He won the 1995 André Simon prize for food writing with The English, the French and the Oyster, arguing that Britain applied laissez-faire strategies and allowed oysters to be fished to extinction, while France applied planning methods and protected the oyster beds.
His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1962 he married Elizabeth Griffiths with whom he had a son and four daughters; they divorced in 1986. In 2004 he married Virginia Matheson and she, his children and his twin sister survive him.
Personal Tributes from Trinity College colleagues
Interviews: “From Cambridge Keynesian to institutional economist: the unnoticed contributions of Robert Neild”
Brian David Watling
1935 - 2018
His Honour The Revd Brian David Watling QC on 30 November 2018, aged 83
H OQ48 - CQ53
Circuit Judge 1981-2001. Resident Judge Chelmsford Crown Court 1997-2001. Ordained Priest 1988.
Survived by his wife Noelle.
David Martin de Yong
1931 - 2018
David Martin de Yong on 25 December 2018, aged 87
D LQ45 - OQ48
His widow Suzanne said “David loved his time at Charterhouse. Afterwards he studied at Lausanne University before establishing his career as a Stockbroker. Sadly, in recent years he had suffered from Parkinson’s.”
He leaves a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
George Anthony Meyer
1929 - 2018
George Anthony (Tony) Meyer on 14 November 2018, aged 89
R CQ43 - CQ47
1st XI Member - Cricket and Hockey, 3rd XI Member - Football, House Monitor
Anthony Molesworth Stuart-Smith
1928 - 2018
Anthony Molesworth Stuart-Smith in 2018, aged 90
G CQ42 - CQ46
Foundation Scholarship, House Monitor, Cygnets Cricket
John Henry Laidlaw Cross
1930 - 2018
The Revd John Henry Laidlaw Cross on 31 October 2018, aged 87
H OQ44 - OQ48
Brother of Anthony (H39, deceased 2014).
Survived by wife Mary, four children, eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Anthony Fenton Hill
1926 - 2018
Dr Anthony Fenton Hill in October 2018, aged 92
H OQ40 - OQ44
Father of Gavin (H86), and uncle of Richard Slowe (H64).
Anthony Robin Addey
1927 - 2018
Anthony Robin Addey on 14 October 2018, aged 91
B CQ42 - CQ45
Henry Lindsay Gray Stroyan
1921 - 2018
Dr Henry Lindsay Gray Stroyan on 5 October 2018, aged 97
P OQ34 - CQ39
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, School Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Cricket
Father of Alasdair (D64).
Henry went up to Clare College Cambridge with a Scholarship to read Natural Sciences.
Michael Roger Willcocks
1942 - 2018
Michael Roger Willcocks on 25 September 2018, aged 76
L LQ56 - CQ60
School Monitor, House Monitor, 1st XI Captain - Football, 2nd XI Member - Cricket, Fives Team
His father Roger was in Saunderites (S1907).
Anthony Peter Hansell
1938 - 2018
Anthony Peter Hansell on 24 September 2018, aged 80
V CQ52 - CQ57
Head of House, School Monitor, 1st XI Member - Football, 2nd XI Member - Hockey, 3rd XI Member - Cricket, Badminton Team Member
He followed his father Edward into Verites (V1926).
His son Peter wrote:
My father attended Magdalen College, Oxford studying law then qualified as a Solicitor in 1964. He was in practice in Norfolk for twenty years as Partner at Hansell Stevenson & Co, then with Leathes Prior from 1985-1997 and later a Consultant at Hayes & Storr.
He played an active role in the life of the City of Norwich: he was a Freeman of the City; a City Councillor for a number of years serving on the Norwich City Freemen’s Committee; a Trustee of the Town Close Estate Charity and a School Governor of both Town Close Preparatory and Blythe Jex schools.
Christopher John Hodson
1934 - 2018
Christopher John Hodson on 17 September 2018, aged 84
H CQ48 - CQ52
John Willoughby Tookey
1941 - 2018
John Willoughby Tookey on 11 September 2018, aged 77
V OQ54 - LQ59
Younger brother of Richard (V52).
Peter Jeremy Pelly
1930 - 2018
Peter Jeremy Pelly on 11 September 2018, aged 87
R CQ44 - OQ44
Head of House, 1st XI Football - Member, 1st XI Hockey - Member, Athletics Team - Member
His wife Joanna (nee Ranson) wrote:
“Peter was called up for National Service after he left Charterhouse and served in the Royal Navy, most of the time on the aircraft carrier H.M.S Vengeance. Afterwards he joined a transport firm in a junior capacity, eventually managing a firm in Bristol. Later he was asked by fellow OC, Geoffrey Bayman (g48), to manage a firm in Frome making bentwood furniture and he experienced some fairly hair-raising timber buying trips to Eastern Europe, which at that time lay behind the Iron Curtain.
After leaving Benchairs Peter joined the British Heart Foundation as Fund Raiser for the South West, a job which he really enjoyed, particularly organising and riding in bike rides through beautiful areas of Devon and Dorset.
He retired in 1993 and volunteered with a local charity ‘Send a Cow’ and became a case-worker for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). His hobbies included singing in amateur Gilbert & Sullivan productions, golf, sailing and walking.
Peter was a great family man. We married in 1953 and have one son, four daughters, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. From 1962 we lived near Bath but, due to Parkinson’s disease, Peter had to move into a nursing home in 2014. His ashes are buried in the churchyard of St.Mary Magdalene Church, Langridge, Bath where he served in the P.C.C for many years.”
Michael Mervyn Pickwoad
1945 - 2018
Michael Mervyn Pickwoad on 27 August 2018, aged 73
S CQ59 - OQ63
School Monitor, House Monitor, Astronomical Society, Beerbohm Society, Sailing Team Member
He studied civil and environmental engineering at Southampton University with the idea of becoming a yacht designer. Subsequently a change in direction into the field of his stage designer mother and actor father, brought him success as a highly-respected, BAFTA nominated, Production Designer.
When asked to describe the key qualifications to becoming a Production Designer, Michael is quoted as saying “I did an engineering degree. I never went to art school but I could draw so that didn’t matter. But generally, the more you know about almost everything else is even more important. Wherever you are, look around you. Because you need to know what life is like.”
Starting as a draughtsman and art director he undertook his first work as a production designer in 1987 on a film about the Tolpuddle Martyrs. From the early 1990s much of his work was in popular television productions. Nomination for a BAFTA for best production design on Longford in 2006 was followed in 2009 by an Art Directors Guild nomination for a remake of The Prisoner. His varied career also included many classic British films.
In 2010 he joined the Dr Who team and worked on 71 episodes until 2017, gaining an enthusiastic following for his creativity from viewer fans worldwide. His final TV series, a BBC cold war drama Summer of Rockets, is expected to be screened in 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, whom he married in 1973, and their three daughters.
James Knox Spence
1930 - 2018
The Reverend James Knox Spence in August 2018, aged 88
W CQ44 - OQ49
Senior Foundation Scholarship, Head of House, Member - Debating Society and Literary & Political Society
Donald Gordon Payne
1924 - 2018
Donald Gordon Payne on 22 August 2018, aged 94
S OQ37 - OQ42
Monitor, Swallows Football and Cricket
His four sons are also OCs: Christopher (S67), Nigel (S70), Adrian (S73), Robin (D79)
In 2013, prolific author Donald penned these words about his life:
“I was born in southeast London. My dad was a Kiwi who had come to England in 1917 with the ANZACs. My mum had been a Red Cross nurse in WW1.
I was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School before Charterhouse. It is often said that there used to be a bit of bullying at public schools. However, I was never bullied. By and large, I enjoyed my schooldays helped perhaps by the fact that I was reasonably good at sport and had a splendid Housemaster/Headmaster in Robert Birley. Today he would probably be regarded as a middle-of-the-road Liberal. In the 1930s he was dubbed by his detractors “Red Robert”. I remembered him as an inspirational teacher, and a fair and caring housemaster, who told us that “since much has been granted to you, much will be expected of you”. While I was at Charterhouse it became apparent that I was seriously unbalanced! I was absolutely hopeless at maths - being the only person that I have ever heard of who managed to fail Elementary Maths in School Certificate, twice! But reasonably good at history and literature. In 1942 I was accepted by Corpus Christi College, Oxford to read History. However, we were now at war with Germany, so I had to join up.
Influenced, perhaps, by Birley’s dictum that much would be expected of us, I volunteered to be a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. After training at Sealand near Liverpool and Kingston in Ontario, I was awarded my wings and joined a Swordfish squadron. In spite of its antediluvian appearance - it was a biplane with a fixed undercarriage and no defensive weaponry - the Swordfish was one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War. It sank a greater tonnage of enemy shipping than any other aircraft, played a major role in the defeat of the U-boats in the battle of the Atlantic and was the only aircraft of any other combatants to be in operational service from the first day of the war against Germany until the last day. I took part in several shipping strikes off Norway - our targets were merchant ships from Narvik carrying the “heavy water” essential to Germany’s efforts to create a nuclear weapon. I also saw service on Atlantic and Russian convoys.
When the war ended, I took my place in Corpus Christi. I also got married, having met Barbara (nee Back) at RNAS Abbotsinch where we had both been stationed. With financial help from my parents we rented a cottage a few miles outside Oxford, and in the next three years I undoubtedly spent more time at Willow Cottage and on the tennis court than attending lectures! I left Oxford in 1950 with an honours degree in history and a blue for tennis.
I got a job almost immediately with a very small publisher - Christopher Johnson - whose offices were a couple of rooms above a fishmongers in Kensington Mews. I did all sorts of jobs for them: licked stamps, travelling as a sales rep, editing and ghost writing. I wrote my first book for them Dorset Harbours. Much to our surprise it got a very kind review in the Sunday Times by John Arlott of cricketing fame.
After about three years I joined a larger publisher, Robert Hale, and became head of their editorial department. I ghosted several best-selling war stories for them but because I worked on these stories in the publisher’s time, I got no royalties. Deciding to have a go on my own, I took home enough ghosting work to keep me in funds for a year and wrote a first novel. This certainly wasn’t a best seller, but it did well enough to encourage me to go on writing.
My second novel Walkabout hit the jackpot, and ever since I managed to earn a decent living from writing. My favourites (of 15 non-fiction and 5 fiction as Ian Cameron*) Red Duster, White Ensign: the story of the Malta Convoys and Riders of the Storm: the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Of 9 fiction books as James Vance Marshall* - A River Ran out of Eden and White-Out.
My Agents tell me my books have been translated into 19 different languages and have sold several million copies all over the world. Quite a few were published by The Reader’s Digest, for whom I became a consultant editor.
Soon after leaving Oxford we bought a small cottage in Newdigate, Surrey. After about ten years by which time we had three children, the cottage had become too small for us. So we moved to Pippacre on Logmore Heath, Westcott where I have lived for the last fifty-odd years.
Barbara and I have four sons and a daughter, Alison, and currently (2013) six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. We were divorced in 1977. My hobbies used to be tennis and gardening; they are now bowls, bridge and looking at my garden which, I am told, is considered one of the finest in Surrey. I am still scribbling away and my latest book has just been published a few months before my ninetieth birthday.”
*Donald wrote his books under a pseudonym because he disliked publicity and preferred his home, his friends and his family to moving in literary circles. The name Ian Cameron was chosen for his first novel because this was the name of his Godfather. The name James Vance Marshall was chosen for his second novel because the late travel writer of that name had provided material on the Australian Outback without which the novel Walkabout (adapted for the cinema in 1971) could not have been written.
He also wrote 4 fiction books as Donald Gordon, using his forenames, and a further 20 as Donald Payne
Donald was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1962. He played tennis for Kent and Surrey county teams and in Wimbledon Veterans tournaments.
Donald continued to live at Pippacre until 2017, before moving to a nursing home in the same village; he died in East Surrey Hospital.
1939 - 2018
The Hon Hugh Bingham in July 2018, aged 79
W OQ52 - CQ57
The younger brother of 7th Earl of Lucan, he had lived reclusively in South Africa since the 1970s and worked as librarian to the Theosophical Society, a non-religious organisation. He died in Johannesburg after a long illness.
1925 - 2018
Michael Stringer in August 2018, aged 93
H OQ39 - CQ43
House Monitor, Foundation and Senior Scholar
John Robin Shotter
1930 - 2018
John Robin Shotter on 9 July 2018, aged 88
W LQ44 - CQ47
John Broughton Edge
1944 - 2018
John Broughton Edge on 7 July 2018, aged 74
D LQ58 - LQ62
Member of Authority
His father and an uncle were in Weekites
John’s widow Annabella wrote:
“John died of a massive heart attack while cycling with his friends on Chapmans Peak in the Cape”.
She shared the eulogy given by a friend:
“John was a dear friend of mine for 38 years. We met in Clanwilliam and he fast became the person I called when I needed help or advice on a myriad of different things. We shared our love for the town of Clanwilliam and the dam, boating, waterskiing and aeroplanes; we spent hours on the beach next to the dam talking about every topic under the sun, irritating our spouses endlessly with our motorsport and in-depth engine talk.
Over the years, John became a great constant presence in my life and someone I always knew was there for me. He was a pole holder at my wedding to Carike which bears great significance for us, since in my faith, your 4 pole holders are the cornerstones of your home .
We thought John was a confirmed bachelor but all of that changed when he met his soulmate, Annabella, 21 years ago and I was immensely honoured to be best man at their wedding. I still remember what a wonderful happy day it was; I have never seen John smile so much. Also, dinner parties at his house significantly improved!
John had so many amazing attributes and yet a very humble and understated man; a talented musician, a great cyclist, possibly one of the best waterskiers the Clanwilliam dam has ever seen; he was also a fountain of knowledge on absolutely loads of topics. His compassion for his friends and helpfulness in any situation has always touched my heart. I will always remember his zest for life, his diligence at everything he did and what an incredibly hardworking man he was.
John, you touched our lives in so many ways and there are just too many moments that will not be the same without you . You have left a huge gap in our hearts. Rest in peace, until we meet again “
Nicolas Frederick Mavroleon
1928 - 2018
Nicolas Frederick Mavroleon on 3 July 2018, aged 89
W OQ42 - CQ46
Thomas John Robert Wilson
1981 - 2018
Thomas John Robert Wilson in July 2018, aged 37
W OQ94 - LQ98
Eldest son of Jennifer and Andrew Wilson (Brooke Hall 1975-2002, Housemaster of Bodeites 1990-1999). Brother of Hugh (W2002).
Andrew & Jennifer wrote: “We are sorry to report the death of our son Tom from bowel cancer in Wellington, New Zealand. Tom overlapped briefly in Weekites with his younger brother Hugh. After school Tom went to Farnborough College of Technology to take a computer course and worked in a photography shop in Guildford. He went to New Zealand with his parents and Hugh in November 2002 and joined the New Zealand Film School on a year's diploma course.
After this he made a number of documentaries and film commercials as a technician and worked as backstage crew in The Arena, a large theatrical venue in Auckland, supporting touring rock groups. He later worked for motor car dealerships in Auckland and Wellington. He married Shannon Grant-Mackie whom he met at Film School and they have a son Arthur, born in December 2016.
Tom's cancer was diagnosed in mid-December 2017 and he died only eight months later.”
Michael Stephen Sommer
1941 - 2018
Michael Stephen Sommer in July 2018, aged 76
S OQ55 - OQ59
2nd XI Member - Cricket, Two Havelock Prizewinners (Composition and German Literature), Member - First Orchestra
Brother of Robert (S61), father of Michael (S01).
He went up to Christ Church, Oxford, with a Holford Exhibition to read Modern Languages.
He returned to academia in retirement and in 2010 presented his dissertation for an MLitt at Christ Church, “Battles between Windmills: Heresy and Orthodoxy” a study of relationship between the Gospel and the First Epistle of John.
He remarried after the death of his first wife Ann, to Susanne who survives him.
Further details pending
Patrick Michael Halliday Dunn
1942 - 2018
Major Patrick (Paddy) Halliday Dunn MBE RM in June 2018, aged 76
G OQ55 - CQ60
House Monitor, Swimming Team, Boxing Team, First Orchestra
The Royal Marine Association wrote: “A stalwart of the Association, Chair of Trustees for many years and founder of the RMA Concert Band. A kind, generous and lovely man who will be mourned and missed by so many.”
Michael Charles Hughesdon
1939 - 2018
Michael Charles hughesdon on 29 June 2018, aged 78
R CQ53 - OQ56
2nd XI Member - Football, Maniacs Captain
He went to Grenoble University. After qualifying as an insurance broker he worked for various Lloyd’s firms; in 1978 he joined the main board of AON plc, retiring in 1998. He became involved with golf course design and club management and was latterly a member of the BBC Golf commentary team.
John Pearmund, Hon Secretary of OC Golfing Society wrote: "Mike was a very distinguished Amateur Golfer; a member of the R&A; a Past Captain of Sunningdale Golf Club; and for many years one of the BBC"s golf commentary team, working alongside people like Peter Alliss to bring to viewers his on-course commentary and observations."
He was a great supporter of OCGS and a member of five successful Halford Hewitt sides. With Peter Benka (R2007, deceased 2007) he held the equal best partnership record in the competition with 21 wins from 23 matches. He was also a talented footballer playing in the Arthur Dunn Cup.
Hans Holger Sidney Mygind
1925 - 2018
Hans Holger Sidney Mygind on 21 June 2018, aged 93
H OQ38 - CQ43
House Monitor, Member - Chess Team
Father of Christopher (H70) and Timothy (H76).
Married to Helga since 1992, she survives him along with two sons from his first marriage.
John Leslie Charles Pratt
1934 - 2018
John Leslie Charles Pratt on 17 June 2018, aged 84
D OQ47 - CQ52
House Monitor, Beeton Prize for Applied Mathematics
John Ormerod Heyworth
1926 - 2018
John Ormerod Heyworth on 11 June 2018, aged 92
H OQ39 - OQ43
Younger brother of Peter (H39, deceased 1991), Father of Peter (H91).
Alan David Rowan Macauslan
1921 - 2018
Dr Alan David Rowan Macauslan on 25 May 2018, aged 96
g CQ35 - LQ39
1st XI Member - Hockey, Member - Cross Country Team, Poole Prizewinner
Family members include brother John (g34), nephews Alan (P70) and Harry (P74), and great nephews Ian (R00) and Sam (R05).
Full obituary pending.
William Herbert Masefield
1925 - 2018
William Herbert Masefield MBE on 1 May 2018, aged 92
G CQ39 - OQ43
House Monitor,4th XI Captain - Football, Member - Cross Country Team
Brother of Charles Masefield (G42, deceased 1989). Survived by children Charles and Amanda, grandfather of four, great grandfather of one. A retired solicitor.
Full obituary pending.
Tobias William Hammersley Eckersley
1941 - 2018
Tobias William Hammersley Eckersley MBE on 28 April 2018, aged 76
D OQ55 - LQ60
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, House Monitor
His grandfather was in Daviesites, his father in Bodeites and his brother Timothy in Gownboys (G70).
He read PPE at St John’s College, Oxford, and in 1963 was elected President of the OU Conservative Association. After a short period working in HM Foreign Service he followed a career in finance before taking early retirement to concentrate on local politics and was appointed MBE 1989 for political and public service.
Beloved brother, uncle, great uncle, friend and borough councillor, “He was as stubborn as he was principled”.
When Toby Eckersley, Conservative candidate for London Bridge and West Bermondsey ward, and long-standing former Southwark Councillor and Alderman of the Borough, died unexpectedly, tributes came from across the political spectrum from colleagues and friends who admired his commitment to public service, and forensic knowledge of Southwark Council and its planning and regeneration projects.
Michael Mitchell, Conservative Group Leader and friend of Mr Eckersley’s for 35 years, said: “Toby’s political career took him from being a young firebrand who gave no quarter during the heady days of the mid-1980s, to be the revered elder statesmen to whom councillors from all political parties, and officers from many parts of the council, would turn to for advice. He was always happy to draw on his experience and point people in the right direction. For someone who was part of a group which never exceeded eight of Southwark’s 63 Councillors, his influence on the making of modern Southwark should never be underestimated. He was truly a politician who punched above his weight and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”
Former Bermondsey and Old Southwark Liberal Democrat MP, Simon Hughes, said: “Real sadness and shock today after announcement of sudden weekend death of Alderman Toby Eckersley MBE, for decades the most doughty and effective Tory Southwark campaigner, but always a kind-hearted and charming gentleman. I disagreed with him often, but like many others, I always respected him.”
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, gave this statement: “Toby served his community and the council tirelessly for many years. He stood up for what he thought was right and was relentless in the causes he championed. He was a true Thatcherite and argued for Thatcherite policies across the council, but his devotion to the people of the borough – and the causes that were close to his heart in the borough – were utterly genuine. And while we disagreed about many things politically, he was someone who would always argue his case fairly, with eloquence and with total conviction. Southwark is the poorer for his passing and I personally will miss him.”
Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive of Southwark Council said: “We will all remember Toby as a kind and charming man – the quintessential Englishman who served his local constituents with commitment and drive. In his three decades as a local councillor, Toby served the council in various roles including Executive Member for Finance, and Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, and even after standing down as a councillor in 2014 he continued to get involved in local politics and support local people.”
Link to national press obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/18/toby-eckersley-obituary
Richard Measham Duffield
1936 - 2018
Richard Measham Duffield on 2 April 2018, aged 81
H CQ50 - LQ54
His wife Rose-Marie wrote: "Richard had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 and for some years managed to battle against it.
He left Charterhouse aged 17 and went to Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He was an officer for the next 37 years and retired from the RN in 1991. He had a varied career, serving with the 8th Destroyer Squadron in the Far East in the early 60s. He had several sea-going jobs after that and in 1978 was appointed to the Staff of the UK Military Representative at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He served in HMS Hermes during the Falklands conflict. In 1985 Richard was sent on a course at the NATO Defence College in Rome, where he enjoyed six months of Italian life among fellow members of the NATO family. 1986 saw him appointed Naval Attache at the British Embassy in Brasilia. His last Naval appointment was at the Minstry of Defence, as Captain of Naval Technical Intelligence.
Upon leaving the Royal Navy, Richard became the Secretary of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, with offices based in Clerkenwell for five years until 1997 and we retired to Devon in the spring of 1998.
Richard always enjoyed returning to Charterhouse for OC reunions and rather regretted not making the most of the opportunities offered, even in those far gone days."
Robert Woollard Holder
1924 - 2018
Robert Woollard Holder on 31 March 2018, aged 93
g OQ38 - OQ42
Foundation Scholarship, 1st XI Member - Football
Two of his sons and grandsons followed him to Duckites: Simon (g70), James (g71), Oliver (g01) and William (g06). They survive him with wife Margaret, other sons Robert and Benjamin, daughter Charlotte, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, Royal Devon Yeomanry in which he served 1943-46.
Robert went up to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, with an Exhibition to read Law and was there for two terms before being called up. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, Royal Devon Yeomanry in which he served until 1946. He returned to Cambridge for three more terms, qualified as a Solicitor and went into practice in Taunton, Somerset.
Full obituary pending.
John Anthony Bagnall Smith
1925 - 2018
John Anthony "Tony" Bagnall Smith on 28 March 2018, aged 92
B CQ38 - LQ43
After serving with the RNVR in WWII he worked briefly for Rootes Motors, a diamong trading firm and a Board of Trade Mission to Canada. Thereafter his business career developed with Dorland Advertising, joining the company in 1952 and eventually becoming Chairman and Chief Executive; he retired in 1985.
In 1997 he published a collection of his father"s letters from Africa - Vet in Africa - Life on the Zambezi 1913-16.
He is survived by his wife Jean and their children Sarah and Richard. His daughter Sarah wrote: "My father enjoyed a wonderful life for almost all of his nearly 93 years and many happy and interesting ones at Charterhouse."
Michael Hugh Dickson
1932 - 2018
Dr Michael Hugh Dickson on 28 March 2018, aged 85
H OQ45 - CQ49
House Monitor, Member - Athletics Team
He passed away after a lengthy illness and is survived by his wife Jean, three daughters Nancy, Jane and Roslyn and four grandchildren. A son, David, died in infancy.
His family sent tributes from The Cornell Chronicle and Finger Lakes Times:
“Mike was born in London, son of Dr Hugh and Eranee Dickson. He spent the first three years of his life in Egypt where his father was a botanist working on King Tutunkahmun's tomb. He grew up in turbulent times in England during World War 2. He graduated from Charterhouse and left England in 1950 to attend college. He graduated from McGill University (Macdonald College) in 1955 with a BS degree and continued his education at Michigan State University where he earned MS and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding. He was a professor at Ontario Agricultural University in Guelph, Ontario for six years before coming to the New York Experiment Station in Geneva, NY,Cornell University, as a research professor in 1964. He established a world class breeding program in crucifer crops and snap beans. His work resulted in many scientific papers and awards and mentoring of graduate students. He was a long time chair of the International Bean Improvement Cooperative.
He is perhaps best known as the breeder of Orange Cauliflower, beginning work on this in 1981 when fellow researchers forwarded him a cauliflower mutant that was smaller and less tasty than the white variety, yet was packed with beta carotene that provided its orange hue. Over the next eight years he crossbred the orange mutant with white until he found the right combination of size, taste and colour in 1989 which he released to seed companies, and the orange clone was made public in 2004.
The development of these crops is important because vitamin A deficiency is common in developing countries and can lead to compromised immune systems and blindness in children. His research led to a great deal of useful germplasm (genetic resources such as seeds or tissues) that has been widely used by vegetable seed companies.
He became a Fellow of the American Horticultural Society and retired in 1995 as a full Professor Emeritus.
Mike married Jean Hamilton, his college sweetheart, in 1958, and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2018. Over the years they entertained many guests from around the world. In retirement, he and Jean enjoyed travelling the world, spending fifteen winters in their Tucson, Arizona home and visiting their children and families.
A man of many hobbies, these included gardening, sailing, skiing, reading and painting in oil and watercolours. He was a long -time member of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, a former board member of the Geneva Public Library, Commodore of the Seneca Yacht club, and member of several organisations."
Antony Andrew Boord
1938 - 2018
Antony Andrew Boord on 22 March 2018, aged 79
B LQ52 - CQ55
Member - Fives Team
Father of Andrew (B80).
He is survived by his wife Anna Christina, their two children and three grandchildren.
Full obituary pending.
Timothy Henry Reed
1940 - 2018
Timothy Henry Reed on 22 March 2018, aged 77
H LQ54 - CQ58
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Football and Cricket
His father Henry was in Hodgsonites (H27).
His sister, Elisabeth Watson, wrote:
“On leaving school Tim became an Articled Clerk in his father's Solicitor's firm Broomhead, Wightman and Reed in Sheffield and also Peacock and Goddard in London; he qualified as a solicitor in 1963.
The following year he became a partner in Broomhead Wightman and Reed and remained with the firm through its transition to Dibb Lupton Broomhead until 1996. During this time Tim was a partner in the Company and Commercial Department, acting for a large number of public and private companies both in the Sheffield area and nationally. From 1996 he ran his own business comprising directorships and consultancies, until he retired.
In 1973 he was appointed a non-executive Director of W.Tyzack Sons & Turner Ltd, he later became deputy Chairman and then Chairman. In 1995 he stood down as Chairman but remained as a non-executive Director under the name of TT Electronics plc until 2008.
Tim had always been a keen cricketer, going to cricket matches with his father from a young age, playing on the lawn at home or on the beach on holiday, when the opportunity arose. He played for the 1st X1 Cricket team at his prep school Stancliffe Hall.
In Sheffield he joined Abbeydale Sports Club and played cricket for Sheffield Collegiate for many years. He later became a Vice President of the club. Between 1980 and 1987 he represented the Sheffield District on the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Committee, serving on the Finance Committee. He also played in the Yorkshire League and for many of the leading wandering clubs including the Butterflies, Leicester Gentlemen and I Zingari.
Although cricket was his main sport he also played hockey and squash. He was an intrepid skier and enjoyed frequent visits with his wife Pam to their chalet in France.
Tim was a Trustee and Chairman of the J G Graves Charitable Trust, which distributed around £150,000 a year in the Sheffield area. He also acted as Law Clerk to the Sheffield Grammar School Trust for 20 years.
In 2005/2006 Tim and Pam became Master and Mistress Cutler in Sheffield, (representing the Worshipful Company of Cutlers) promoting the local business community. During their year of office they travelled widely attending other Worshipful Company functions. Tim became Chairman of the Cutlers Company Charity Trust. In 1885 his great grandfather Charles Belk also was Master Cutler.
Tim also enjoyed game shooting and belonged to a number of shoots all over the country. In fact he and Pam bred golden retrievers to act as gun dogs for when he went shooting. He enjoyed occasional fishing as well.
Tim led life to the full, with his many business commitments and sporting interests, both he and Pam enjoyed foreign holidays. Following the sad loss of Pam in a tragic accident in 2009 he never really recovered and a couple of years later, his general health started to deteriorate, leading to a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.”
At the Charterhouse Friars CC Dinner held in April 2018, Tim was remembered, alongside other departed members:
“Tim, better known to all Friars as “The Cutler”, died after a long illness. As the opening bowler, he bowled the first ball for the Friars in the Cricketer Cup and Colin Cowdrey said that he was the best bowler he had faced in the Cup. Some accolade for another terrific Friar who used to make the long journey from Sheffield for every round in those early years!”
Alan Derek Wykeham Abbot-Anderson
1937 - 2018
Alan Derek Wykeham Abbot-Anderson on 20 March 2018, aged 80
V OQ50 - OC55
House Monitor, Captain of Shooting, Wales Prize for Economics
He graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst with the Sword of Honour and was commissioned into the 3rd Royal Green Jackets. In the 1957 competition at Bisley he became Army Champion and winner of the Queen’s Medal.
He read Mechanical Sciences at Queen’s College Cambridge, graduating in 1962.
Alan died at home in France. Beloved husband of Jane-Eleanor, dearly loved by daughters Tara and Kate and step-children Marcus, Dominic and Miranda.
Arthur Vivian Sutton
1937 - 2018
Arthur Vivian Sutton on 15 March 2018, aged 80
B OQ50 - OQ55
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Cricket, Captain of Fives Team
He is survived by three daughters, a grandson and a greyhound. His joie de vivre and dry wit will be sorely missed.
Full obituary pending.
W Kingsley Jenkins
1938 - 2018
Brooke Hall 1978 - 1997
Dr (W) Kingsley Jenkins on 14 March 2018, aged 79
Brooke Hall OQ78 - CQ97
Head of Physics OQ85 - CQ93
Hugh Gammell (BH1978-2016) wrote:
“Kingsley was born in Swansea and attended Bishops Gore Grammar School; he was the first person in his family to go to university, studying mechanical engineering at Imperial College, London. His early teaching was in inner London, Nigeria and at his old school in Swansea where he coached the Swansea schoolboys’ rugby team to victory in the Welsh Schools’ Dewar Shield.
In 1965 he married Angela and they had three children – Marged (G84), Kathryn (V85) and Hywel (g86). The family moved to Castle Douglas in SW Scotland in 1975 where Kingsley taught at Kirkcudbright Academy and coached the local rugby team. During this time, he enrolled at Paisley College of Technology to study for the Institute of Physics graduateship qualification in his spare time. He gained the highest score in the country andCQ was offered a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge to do a PhD in physics. He worked in the Cavendish Laboratory for three years studying electron microscopy and was awarded his PhD in 1978.
Kingsley joined Brooke Hall in OQ1978 to teach Physics. A proud Welshman and a passionate rugby enthusiast, he did not appear to be the ideal match for a football playing English public school, but he made a great success of his time at Charterhouse and was greatly liked and admired by pupils and colleagues alike. This was because Kingsley enjoyed participating to the full in the life of the School and his engaging personality ensured his popularity. He was, first and foremost, a great teacher of physics – deeply interested in the subject and inspiration to his pupils. As Head of Physics he fought many a battle to ensure that his subject enjoyed the prominence and support that it deserved at a time when Charterhouse was perceived to be stronger in the arts subjects. The shift in this perception owes much to him. He also involved himself very widely in other aspects of School life. He was a tutor in Lockites under Norman Evans and David Lincoln, coached the rugby team for many years, and was always happy to help in other areas including cricket, golf, sailing, diving, ski trips, Industry and Science Weeks and the Removes 3-day event at the end of CQ which he helped to initiate.
Any list of achievements, though, fails to do full justice to Kingsley. He was a man of outstanding gifts and insatiable curiosity, who spent his life seeking to expand his knowledge and understanding of the world; one of the best schoolmasters I have known. He was charming, stubborn, principled, humane, funny, thoughtful, creative, passionate. He loved to sing and I remember shivers running down my spine when he sang at Peter Poolton’s Memorial Service in Chapel. He loved a drink and became more genial and more Welsh as the pints went down. He loved a good story and had a seemingly endless supply of them, which unfurled as the evening progressed. Above all, he was a family man, and was properly proud of his children, all of whom were at Charterhouse. The tragic early death of Hywel in 2009 only brought the family closer together.
Kingsley and Angela retired to their beloved Swansea in 1997, where Kingsley continued to live a very active life, travelling widely, watching rugby, playing golf at the spectacular Pennard Golf Club, gardening, walking and swimming, singing in the Gower Choir, painting watercolours and even learning the trumpet. He cared for Angela as she became increasingly immobile due to muscular sclerosis, and they remained the closest of couples. His last years were blighted by Parkinson’s disease but he remained cheerful and positive until he died peacefully at home with his family.
Kingsley went on sabbatical to Western Australia in 1990. He clearly loved his time there and wrote elegiacally about it when he returned. The following quotation shows him at his eloquent and curious best: “The predominant sentiment is of the grandeur. The grandeur of nature at her most magnificent – the sun-kissed continent with its tenacious flora and abundant fauna. The expected sightings of emu and kangaroo certainly quickened the pulse but it was the unexpected which swept the scales from cynical eyes. The thrill which came from viewing the mighty fish-eagle pluck its prey from the waves. The tingling excitement at encounters with almond eyed sea-lions playing their graceful game of tag within metres of the shore. Then, the dolphins as they celebrated their sheer joy at living. Who can forget such wonders?”
Previously published in Carthusian 2018
Colin Langton Greig
1929 - 2018
Colin Langton Greig on 11 March 2018, aged 88
V OQ42 - CQ47
Founding Member of The Thomas Sutton Society, Member - Athletics Team
He served with the Royal Engineers from 1949-1955 before spending three years in Canada working on a cattle ranch and for the Forestry Service in British Columbia. He then returned to UK and taught in preparatory schools for a while before joining the Strand Hotel Group which was later taken over by Forte. He remained on their administrative staff for twenty years until retirement.
A loyal Old Gownboy, in 1996 Colin presented to Brooke Hall the gold candelabra which had belonged to his grandfather (Stephan Langton BH 1900-1929). In 2010 he planted an oak tree at Charterhouse between Chapel and the Peter May Pavilion. The tree is in honour and remembrance of Mr Greig's great-grandfather, the Revd Henry J Evans (1866-1900) who came down from the old Charterhouse with Haig Brown in 1872 to be the first Housemaster of Gownboys at the new location in Godalming. Mr Evans's daughter, Violet, was married in 1903 in Founder's Chapel to Stephan H Langton (BH 1900-29) who eventually became another Housemaster of Gownboys (1915-29); their daughter Esme and Colin Greig's father, Geoffrey, were the first couple to be married in the Memorial Chapel in July 1928.
William Hepburn McAlpine
1936 - 2018
The Hon Sir William Hepburn McAlpine Bt, 6th Baronet, on 4 March 2018, aged 82
H OQ49 - CQ52
He joined the family construction company straight from School and spent much of his career managing the firm’s interests in Scotland..
As a passionate railway enthusiast, he created a railway line and museum on his private estate at Fawley Hill, which also contains a collection of memorabilia and prominent architectural features including the Twin Towers from Wembley Stadium. He became involved with a number of railway preservation and restoration endeavours, establishing the Railway Heritage Trust in 1985. He also became President of the Transport Trust, a charity dedicated to the preservation of all modes of transport and its infrastructure.
In 1973 he attracted publicity when he rescued the famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman from USA; he restored it twice before selling it 23 years later. Sir William’s life and work was commemorated in January 2019 at a re-naming ceremony at the National Railway Museum in York.
Sir William died after a three month battle with sepsis. He is survived by his second wife, Judith, and two children, Andrew and Lucinda, from his first marriage.
Amongst tributes to Sir William in the national press: https://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-sir-william-mcalpine-businessman-and-rail-enthusiast-who-saved-the-flying-scotsman-for-the-nation-1-471348
Bruce David Rowan Osborne
1927 - 2018
Dr Bruce David Rowan Osborne on 1 March 2018, aged 90
g OQ40 - CQ45
He is survived by his wife, Heather, and their four children.
Full obituary pending.
Peter R Scott
1951 - 2018
Brooke Hall 1974 - 1991
D H'Master 1987 - 1991
Dr Peter R Scott on 28 February 2018, aged 67
Brooke Hall OQ74 - CQ91
Housemaster of Daviesites CQ87 - CQ91
Peter Attenborough (Headmaster 1982-1993) wrote:
“Peter Scott was appointed at Charterhouse to teach chemistry and physics. After a spell as a tutor in Verites 1976-1985, he took charge of Daviesites before his translation to the Royal Grammar School Guildford as Deputy Headmaster in 1991. Five years’ later he was appointed Headmaster of Bancroft’s School in Essex until his retirement in 2007.
A highly valued member of Brooke Hall, with conspicuous drive and the determination to uphold important standards, Peter went many an extra beaking mile at Charterhouse with various enterprises such as the LQ 1YS industrial visits programme at Tideswell, coaching 3YS for the Oxbridge chemistry scholarship papers and outdoor activities such as Scout camps at Arthog (walking, climbing and canoeing), Carthusian attempts at the Lyke Wake Walk, and the 50-mile walk.
He was a key figure during my time at Charterhouse and I remember well the admirable contribution he made. He was also a very genial colleague.
PRS was not only highly intelligent, with a very orderly mind, but he was also admirably focused on what was important for his pupils. I can well understand why Carthusians wanted to be in his sets – knowing that they would get the best. And it was not only the brightest who rejoiced – for I recall some of the weaker pupils saying that he made things so clear and put them in such a way that they were easy to remember. He was one of those gifted teachers who could inspire the ablest and also bring out the best from the comparatively weaker folk.
Peter understood issues very quickly and I remember thinking how very difficult he must have found it listening to people rambling and unable to express themselves succinctly – for succinct utterance was one of his fortes.
He was one of those valuable people who could be trusted to give straight advice – one who did not beat about the bush or avoid problems, or seek to blame others. He would also flag up issues he thought would arise further down the track. That was, for me, a great boon.
But he was not of course just a chalkie. Nottingham Cricket was perhaps even more important in his life than junior cricket at Charterhouse …. and Nottingham Forest, if my memory does not let me down.
Peter was very well respected by colleagues and pupils alike, we felt the draught when he left for RGS Guildford.
He died of heart failure after a two-year period of ill health. He leaves his wife Sue and their daughters Joanna and Catherine, both of whom are following in their father’s footsteps; Joanna is Head of Biology at St Albans High School for Girls and Catherine is Head of English at Forest School.”
Previously published in Carthusian 2018
Rae Hungerford Fulton Wills
1939 - 2018
Rae Hungerford Fulton Wills on 24 February 2018, aged 79
S OQ52 - OQ57
2nd VIII Shooting
Full obituary pending.
Alan George Frank Gill
1937 - 2018
Alan George Frank Gill OAM on 23 February 2018, aged 80
W LQ51 - CQ54
Swimming Team - Member
Tribute excerpt from The Sydney Morning Herald:
Alan grew up in Richmond, Surrey, son of law clerk Percy Gill and Phyllis (nee Burgoine). Through his mother's line, he could claim to be an ancestor to an Archbishop of Canterbury, William Juxon, who administered the last rites to King Charles l.
After Charterhouse Alan did National Service in the RAF and then joined Barclays International Bank. There he met Daisy Killingbeck, who had been born in Egypt to English parents who were expelled from Egypt along with other British citizens after the 1956 Suez crisis. Daisy and Alan married in 1960.
He left the bank and worked for a year for an insurance company. By then a producer of amateur films, which he entered into competitions, he moved away from insurance to write for a magazine, Amateur Cine World, hoping to break into professional film production. Frustrated there, he got a job as a general reporter with the Surrey Comet.
Daisy missed the sunshine of Egypt and longed for a warmer climate. Alan was not averse to moving either and, keen to start a new adventure, the couple emigrated in early 1971. Alan landed a job at The Sydney Morning Herald as a general reporter. It happened that he was the only person in the newsroom one day when a religious affairs story broke, so Alan was given the assigned and - being an Anglican high churchman who attended services at St James, King Street - he took to the job with relish and was soon confirmed as the paper’s permanent religious affairs writer.
He instigated a column, Churches and Churchmen, which became an institution, extending his readership and gaining some extraordinary insight into individuals. He wrote about other faiths, including Judaism, Buddhism, Scientology and Islam, but his focus was on Christianity. Of Mother Teresa, he observed that she was very much a politician, responding to searching questions by saying: "Oh, I am just a poor nun." Gill went to Rome to write about Opus Dei, and lunched in Canberra with the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio. Being drawn to Catholicism, Gill eventually became a Catholic himself.
In 1985, Alan won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism. In 1989 he left the Herald to join the ABC network, handling filming of interviews, and then joined the New South Wales Department of Environment and Planning. In 1995, he was made a member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the media.
In retirement, he wrote books. His output included Orphans of Empire (1997) which exposed the story of children, supposedly orphans, who were sent to Australia with dreams of a better life but who, in reality often suffered great cruelty and abuse. Other titles were Interrupted Journeys, Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich (2004), and Likely Lads and Lasses, Youth Migration to Australia 1911-83 (2005). Alan enjoyed ocean and harbour swim challenges and also ballroom dancing with Daisy, for which they received a gold medal from the Society of Australian Teachers of Dancing.
He is survived by Daisy, nieces and a nephew and their families.
Charles Robert Lacy-Thompson
1922 - 2018
Charles Robert Lacy-Thompson on 19 February 2018, aged 95
R OQ35 - CQ40
1st XI Member - Hockey, 2nd XI Member - Cricket and Football
His father was in Duckites, as were two nephews David Walter (g66) and his brother
Frank Harry Parsons
1925 - 2018
Frank Harry Parsons on 13 February 2018, aged 92
G CQ39 - OQ43
Frank served with the Royal Artillery in WWII. A marine and agricultural engineer, he later farmed in Shackleford, near Godalming.
He died at home and leaves a widow Mary, two daughters Jane and Carol, and grandchildren Katie and Sam.
Mark Stuart Arthur Heaton
1948 - 2018
Mark Stuart Arthur Heaton on 12 February 2018, aged 69
g OQ61 - CQ64
His grandfather was in Pageites and his father in Duckites (g37).
Mark died in Launceston Hospital, Cornwall. Beloved husband of Joan, loving father and grandfather.
Maurice James Reginald Harvey
1932 - 2018
Maurice James Reginald Harvey on 7 February 2018, aged 85
R LQ47 - OQ50
Athletics Colours, Swallows Football
His father Reginald was in Robinites (R1920).
Richard Sidney Clive Solomon
1934 - 2018
(Richard Sidney) Clive Solomon on 5 February 2018, aged 83
g CQ48 - CQ52
Harry Walter Foot
1936 - 2018
Bursar & Clerk 1974 - 1998
Harry Walter Foot on 5 February 2018, aged 82
Bursar 1974 - 1998
Clerk to the Governing Body 1981 - 1998
Peter Attenborough (Headmaster 1982-1993) wrote:
“A Bursar’s job is never an easy one – juggling priorities when faced with the ambitions of heads and teachers: wanting the best for pupils but all too aware of the financial constraints and the need for prudence. Harry earned people’s respect in the way he managed this potentially difficult role.
Harry was born in Holt, Wiltshire – but not long after his birth his father, a tobacco planter and manager, returned to Nyasaland, now Malawi. This was to be his home for 39 years and the foundation for his lifelong passion for southern Africa. Excelling in school at St John’s College in South Africa, Harry went on to Bristol University before successfully applying for the Colonial Administrative Service and being posted back to Malawi. For his services to the country he was awarded an MBE.
In 1974 Harry was appointed Bursar at Charterhouse. The Governing Body made a good appointment: a man of great personal integrity with an ingrained sense of service, keen to play a constructive part, always cheerful and full of energy. He was enormously hardworking and set a fine example to all around him but was admirably modest about what he did, never drawing attention to himself, preferring to give credit to others. Unlike some, he was not aloof: he listened to the other point of view and weighted the issues carefully. I remember for example that, when the traditional staff sabbaticals were under pressure, once he fully understood the reasoning he was very supportive despite the financial pressures of the time. When something needed doing, nothing was beneath him. When he became Clerk to the Governing Body rather than just Bursar, his first day in the role coincided with the day some local horses had escaped and left their calling card on the drive at Daviesites. Harry’s first task in his new job was to appear with bucket and broom to remove the damage.
To work alongside Harry was a great pleasure: a genuine welcoming smile ensured a good start to the day and with it the knowledge that at one’s right hand was an honourable man with the highest standards, thinking above all of how to achieve what was best for the future of the School. He also went out of his way to show an interest in everyone he met and help them if need be – a quality people remarked upon also when he went to Devon after retirement.
He was excellent in his professional role, demonstrating skilful financial management of capital assets and current expenditure from the time when the School was building the new boarding houses to the series of significant projects that followed: the John Derry Technical Centre, the new Music School, the Ben Travers Theatre and the complete refurbishment of the Science Department, the Queen’s Sports Centre and Chetwynd astroturf and the Sir Greville Spratt Athletics Stadium He also implemented the generous benefaction from OCs to turn the area of the school farm into a golf course. Amidst these larger endeavours he never lost track of the day-to-day spending on the School by keeping, for example, a watchful eye on departmental budgets. But Harry took trouble to listen to requests and tried to be constructive in his responses if he thought a project was worthwhile – such as setting up the School Archive on a professional basis; he would lend a helping hand in presenting the case to the Governing Body. He also played a crucial part in encouraging the hugely generous scholarship programme of Peter Newton (P44).
His reputation, his affability, his interest in other people and his shrewd questions about their approach to their role impressed his fellow bursars in other schools. They entrusted him with the chairmanship of their professional body – the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association – for three years 1989-91.
Harry also recognised the importance of fostering strong links with the local community so he played his part as a keen Rotarian, becoming actively involved with their charitable work. He also gave wholehearted support to Gill in many of her initiatives. They filled a gap by introducing a monthly parish breakfast for those who attended the 8am service but had no chance to socialise. In a similar vein Gill started a Wednesday Walk, a morning tennis for teenagers, and a Sewing Bee for different groups to enable people to do things together. They enhanced the life of the wider community, as they subsequently did in Devon. Harry was also influential in starting the Bell Ball, the first event in the Central Dining Rooms, which became a popular event in the Godalming community.
This wide range of engagement must have been very demanding, but Harry never allowed anything like that to show: a tribute to his upbringing, to the strong support of his wife Gill and to his faith, which was always a central part of his life. Harry was a devoted family man and in retirement enjoyed the freedom to visit his three children, Diana (L78), David (L80), Stephens (L82), who now live all over the world.
Harry Foot did all that he could for Charterhouse. for the local community, and for individuals. It was true in Surrey, and it became true in Devon.”
Previously published in Carthusian magazine 2018
Michael Henry Thomas Janes
1929 - 2018
Michael Henry Thomas Janes on 5 February 2018, aged 88
D OQ43 - CQ48
Foundation Scholarship, Sutton Prizewinner, Member - Fencing Team
Full obituary pending.
Stephen John Ironside Shipp
1940 - 2018
Stephen John Ironside Shipp on 3 February 2018, aged 77
G OQ54 - CQ59
School Monitor, House Monitor, Band Sergeant CCF
Charterhouse family include father Guy (G25), brother Christopher (G60), and nephew Lawrence Jackson (G86).
He went to Peterhouse, Cambridge, and embarked on a career in construction engineering. In Australia he worked on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme in New South Wales, before joining the planning team of Thai-Australian Roadbuilding in Colombo and a 60 km mountain road link near the Burma border. In London he worked on the construction of the 600ft Natwest Tower, for which he won the Construction News Man-of-the-Year Award in 1979.
Stephen’s daughter Amanda wrote:
“My father passed away after suffering many years of dementia. He had been an influential Engineer and Director in the construction company John Mowlem & Co. Friends and family will all remember him with great affection for his musical talent at the piano or on the accordion. He was such fun to be with. Much loved by his devoted children Alastair and Amanda, who cared loyally for him.”
Gavin Devonald Roynon
1936 - 2018
Gavin Devonald Roynon on 2 March 2018, aged 81
R LQ50 - CQ54
School Monitor, 1st XI Captain - Cricket, 1st XI Member - Hockey, Member - Fives Team
Father of Alison (V84, Mrs Pennant), father-in-law of Donald Pennant (V84), grandfather of Jemima (V14) and Maisie Pennant (V19).
His wife wrote:
“Following National Service with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, Gavin read Modern Languages at Worcester College, Oxford (1956-59). He frequently represented the University at Cricket, though he did not get a blue. Whereas for Squash, a game virtually unknown at Charterhouse in the 1950s, he was a triple blue, and captain in 1958-59.
Joining the teaching staff at Eton in 1960, he taught French, German and latterly History there until his retirement in 1999. He was Housemaster of Angelo’s 1974-1989, Careers Master through the 60s and 70s, and master-in-charge of Squash during the 80s and 90s. He remained unbeaten by any boy!
In retirement, his new-found passion for history led to the publication of three sets of WW1 diaries: The Massacre of the Innocents: the 1914-15 Ypres diaries of Sir Morgan Crofton; Home Fires Burning: the Great War Diaries of Georgina Lee and A Chaplain at Gallipoli; The Great War Diary of the Revd Kenneth Best.
Gavin’s final gesture to Robinites was to endow a bat for a few years to be awarded to the most promising cricketer in the House. He himself had been the recipient of a similarly endowed Lovett bat during his time in the School.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy, five children and 15 grandchildren.”
David Maurice Stern
1932 - 2018
David Maurice Stern on 7 February 2018, aged 85
V OQ45 - CQ50
House Monitor, Maniacs Cricket
He went to the Sorbonne and afterwards qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
The International Cotton Association announced:
“David Stern joined the business of M & B Stern as a young man. The company, a family cotton business, was founded by his great-grandfather in the middle of the 19th century. In 1963, M & B Stern amalgamated with Alexander Eccles & Co, another well-established Liverpool company, to form Alexander Eccles & Stern. In 1991, David became Managing Director of Weil Brothers and Stern Ltd, a company formed in partnership with Weil Brothers Cotton Inc. of Montgomery.
David was President of the Liverpool Cotton Association between 1967-68 and 1981-82. He was a regular figure at international cotton gatherings and during the course of his life and career in cotton, he made many friends around the world."
He died peacefully at home.
Michael Joseph Hobbs
1934 - 2018
Michael Joseph Hobbs on 1 February 2018, aged 83
g OQ47 - CQ52
Foundation Scholarship, House Monitor
Awarded a Kitchener Scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His business career was in the financial sector with Lodge Partners Pty Ltd in Sydney.
He was an actor and producer in films and Executive member of the Contemporary Art Society in Sydney and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor.
Much loved father of Katharine, Christopher, Neil and Andrew; grandfather of Lorren, Stephanie, Ben, Harry, Georgia, Donald, Matthew, Philip, Joshua and Phoebe; great grandfather of Michael, David, Zoe, Alexander, Tobias and Lincoln. Stepfather of Julia, Pickens and Elise; step grandfather of Ravi and Zachary.
His family’s announcement in Sydney Morning Herald said:
"Michael died suddenly while preparing oysters for friends on the early evening of February 1 at home in Woolloomooloo. A great loss to the Sydney Art scene and people everywhere. An even greater loss to his family and friends. Deo Dante Dedi. With God giving, I gave."
The National Art School of Australia said:
“An inveterate collector and traveller with a particular interest in sculpture and contemporary works, Michael was a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic supporter of the arts. He has been a huge supporter of NAS, in the 1960s he gave students funds to put on displays and most recently was sponsor of the Michael Hobbs Sculpture Award, for which he was much appreciated."
Charles Emerson Lovett Turnbull
1952 - 2018
Charles Emerson Lovett Turnbull on 28 January 2018, aged 66
W OQ65 - OQ69
House Monitor, Sutton Prizewinner, Cross Country Team, 3rd XI Member - Hockey, Maniacs Cricket, Havelock German prize
Older brother of David (W72).
Charles went up to Worcester College, Oxford as Holford Exhibitioner and took a First in Jurisprudence. He was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple in 1975. A distinguished member of Wilberforce Chambers, he practised at the Chancery Bar until 2000 when he was appointed a Social Security & Child Support Commissioner. Eight years later he became an Upper Tribunal Judge (Administrative Appeals Chamber), before retirement in 2017.
He leaves a widow, Judy, and their two children.
1957 - 2018
Nicholas Fitzherbert on 28 January 2018, aged 60
R LQ71 - CQ75
Brother of Ivan (R76) and the late Mark (R79, deceased 2016). Uncle of Frederic (R2010) and Archie (R2012).
Hugh Gammell, BH 1978-2016, Housemaster of Robinites 1991-2004 wrote:
“It is a sad fact that we often learn most about someone we have known at his funeral. This was very much the case for me when I, along with a great many others, attended Nick Fitzherbert’s funeral at the beautiful Church of St John the Baptist in Okewood. The service was a solemn but joyful one, infused with Nick’s energy and spirit, his passion for music and the love he inspired in his family and friends. The addresses by John Chesterman, who also read out tributes from Nick’s wife, Paula and his children, Louis and Eliza, and by his brother, Ivan, and his great Robinite friend, Nigel Legge, gave a vivid and affectionate picture of a rich and adventurous life.
Nick was clearly not the most successful of Carthusians in his school days, except in that most important art of acquiring life-long friends. Tales of him pinning up his long locks to conform with the school rule about hair being ‘above the collar’ and of him spending years of Monday afternoons helping to install a telephone line between the Houses which never worked were told with wry affection. Much more important was the encyclopaedic knowledge Nick acquired of the music of the time which encouraged him to establish a successful mobile discotheque during the years after he left school. Music continued to be a central pillar of Nick’s life, and there were many from the music industry in the Church, including Kenney Jones, drummer in The Small Faces and The Who, and owner of the polo club cum outdoor music venue at Hurtwood Park where the reception was held after the funeral. We were all presented with a CD of Nick’s favourite music, featuring a photograph of Nick with Keith Richards on the cover.
Having concluded that the disco was not to be his lifetime career, Nick moved into the PR industry. He had a highly individual approach to this, as all things, and came to specialise in the art of successful business presentation and creative thinking, working as a coach, lecturer and media commentator. He also developed a deep interest in magic, becoming a skilled magician himself and using the rules of magic as an inspiration for his PR work. His book ‘Presentation Magic!’ encapsulates this approach.
I came to know Nick when he took over as Secretary of the Old Robinite Association in September 2005. The Association had always been healthy, with the annual dinner attracting good numbers and members taking a lively interest in what was going on in the House. Nick, however, was not satisfied with this, and his flair and energy soon transformed the Association and the dinner. A web-site was established, with members encouraged to report their present activities, and the date of the dinner was moved from May to September to encourage younger members to attend before the start of the university term. One free dinner and reduced prices for the under-30s have meant that recent dinners have attracted over 100 attendees, up to half of whom are recent leavers. Nick himself worked tirelessly to ensure a good attendance, and to make the evening as entertaining as possible. He created presentations and persuaded interesting people to speak. At one dinner, he performed magic tricks at each of the tables. He always spoke before the dinner, giving a typically up-beat start to the proceedings. On the 50th anniversary of the Association’s foundation, he presented an illustrated history of the House with great panache. More recently, he made a short film with Malcolm Bailey at the Old Charterhouse to explain the way in which football had been played in the covered passage there. Last September, evidently very ill, Nick insisted on coming to the dinner and gave his introductory address as if nothing was wrong. That was typical of his courage and style.
Nick will be very fondly remembered by a host of people, as he touched many lives. His charm, infectious enthusiasm and flair for presentation made him a pleasure to know. His early death is, most of all, a tragic loss for his family, but I hope they will take some comfort from the fact that, in his life, Nick brought so much joy to so many people.”
Mark Adrian George Weeks
1950 - 2018
Mark Adrian George Weeks on 26 January 2018, aged 67
g CQ64 - OQ68
House Monitor, Member - 1st VIII Shooting, First Orchestra, Small Choir, and Chamber Music Choir, Band Seargant, Cyril Maude Prizewinner
His Weeks family predecessors, grandfather, father and two uncles were all in Verites.
The announcement of his death in Sydney Morning Herald said:
“Mark Weeks, late of Elizabeth Bay, died tragically. Precious husband of Wendy. Beloved brother and brother in law of Jeremy, Ben and Francoise, Tim and Sherry. Mark will be sadly missed by his many family and friends.”
His Linked-In page summarised:
“An accomplished musician, songwriter, performer and broadcaster, Mark has been entertaining audiences for twenty years with his personalised satirical cabarets. Weekly commitments to his popular appearances on television and radio have amassed a repertoire of over one thousand songs on a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from politics to supermarket trolleys, corporate takeovers to cockroach conservation campaigns. Anyone who has been entertained by the whimsical humour of Noel Coward, the lyrical observations of Flanders and Swann,or the incisive wit of Tom Lehrer, will be delighted with the satire of Mark Weeks.
Born in England, Mark was educated at Charterhouse, where he honed his musical skills with fellow students Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and the other founder members of the progressive rock group "Genesis". However, when the others moved on to eventual fame and fortune, Mark was long gone, having moved to Australia for a career in mining!
The Kalgoorlie outback soon lost its appeal, and Mark was contracted to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Perth as Musical Director for children's programmes. Before long he was writing and broadcasting satirical songs nationwide. Public performances followed, including appearances at the Perth Concert Hall with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and several shows at the Sydney Opera House.
Mark's musical and comedy skills in the broadcasting field have been recognised internationally, in the form of an unprecedented seventeen awards, including four gold medals, at the New York Festivals. His creative prose and poetry has been frequently published in the Australian press, where his incisive letters to the various Editors appear with monotonous regularity.
The success of his performances to corporate and professional audiences is evidenced in the glowing reviews he has received from many of Australia's leading corporations and associations.”
Reginald Allan Chenevix Trench
1920 - 2018
Major Reginald Allan Chenevix Trench on 25 January 2018, aged 97
D OQ34 - CQ39
House Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Cricket, 3rd XI Member - Football
His father was in Robinites, an uncle in Bodeites, brother-in-law Alan Donger (R37) and his niece Gillian Evill also Bodeites (B78).
He went up to Christ's College, Cambridge, to study Engineering and whilst there joined the Royal Engineers; he served for the duration of WWII and continued afterwards as an Instructor with the School of Military Engineering in UK and Far East until 1965. After a short time with Tube Investments he was appointed as Works Bursar at Wellington College where he remained until retirement in 1980.
He and his wife Sophie celebrated their Diamond Wedding at The Charterhouse in November 2017. She survives him with their children Ivo, Angus, Kate and Jessica, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John Pearce Thackray
1937 - 2018
John Pearce Thackray OBE on 25 January 2018, aged 80
W OQ51 - CQ56
Family announcement in The Yorkshire Post:
"It is with great sadness that we would like to inform you that John passed away peacefully with his family by his side. John will be remembered as a true gentleman both in private and in business, with the highest integrity. He will leave a void behind and his wonderful personality, great humour and knowledge will be dearly missed by Christin, John-Kristian and Charles and family."
Full obituary pending.
Dennis Anthony Jenks
1929 - 2018
Dennis Anthony Jenks on 19 January 2018, aged 89
H CQ42 - CQ46
House Monitor, Captain of Boxing Team
The eldest of three brothers all in Bodeites, David (B50) and Richard (B56, deceased 2007); brother-in-law of Colin Edwards (D49), and grandfather of Max Fox-Andrews (R2005).
Dennis became Chairman of Paterson Jenks, the largest manufacturer and distributor of spices, herbs and seasonings in the UK. Chairman and co-owner of The History Factory. Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers.
He died at home in Alresford and is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Rosy, sons Anthony, Philip and Sam, and seven grandchildren.
Richard Anthony Mallinson
1938 - 2018
Richard Anthony Mallinson on 15 January 2018, aged 79
D OQ52 - OQ56
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Hockey
His older brother JH (Jack) was also in the Daviesites (D53).
He read Natural Science at Caius College, Cambridge.
Richard was Sales Director with the Whitbread Group for twenty years before establishing his own Wine Merchant business in Overton, Hampshire.
He died peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Anna, proud father of Patrick and Tom and devoted grandfather of Toby, Max, Sophie and Polly.
1924 - 2018
Brooke Hall 1968 - 1986
Brian Freake on 13 January 2018, aged 93
Brooke Hall OQ68 - CQ86
Tony Clayton (BH1978-1996) and Dr Ernst Zillekens (BH1974-2017) wrote:
“Brian was born in Portsmouth; moving to Dorchester in 1931 he developed a long-standing interest in archaeology and developed a desire to become a teacher. In 1942 he left Hardy’s School in Dorchester with a closed scholarship to Queen’s College, Oxford intending to read chemistry. The Royal Navy, however, wanted physicists and so his war degree was in radio and telecommunications. On the day the results were published he was commissioned in the RNVR and eventually served in Australia and the UK as a radar officer. On returning to Oxford, he took the honours course in physics. In 1948 he married Eileen, and after two years teaching at Wellington Grammar School in Shropshire, he moved to Elizabeth College in Guernsey as Head of Physics. The College was one of the pilot schools for Nuffield Physical Sciences and he enjoyed helping to get this course started. He also commanded the CCF, the only military unit on the island.
In 1968 Brian moved to Charterhouse to look after the Physics Department. He was an encouraging Head of Department, and a very practical person – designing and building equipment for practical work or demonstrations himself. Here he was also C/O of the CCF for six years and Eileen became Librarian from 1969 until 1985; both of their children attended Charterhouse, Nicola (D73) and Lindsey (D75).
When Brian and Eileen arrived at Charterhouse beaks were discouraged from buying their own houses; they were expected to live in School accommodation. Having sold their house on Guernsey, they purchased a holiday home in West Hatch, just outside Taunton, to which they retired in 1986 having built an extension onto the house in the preceding year. Brian was a very private person who preferred to remain in the background. He was an excellent observer with a very good eye for detail. He was aware of a great deal more than he ever commented on. His judgement was astute and revealed both a deep understanding of the human psyche and behaviour, as well as the facility to assess them against high moral standards. The outcome could be compassionate where he deemed the situation worthy of kind consideration, but it could also be a firm condemnation if he perceived folly or worse vainglorious self-aggrandisement. He had little time for indecisive dithering. Although his demeanour tended to be rather serious, he had a marvellous sense of humour and a wonderful way of sending people up, including himself.
He loved classical music. In his study in West Hatch he was tuned into Radio 3 while Eileen preferred the word on Radio 4. He also had a keen interest in cricket, rugby and steam trains. Brian and Eileen’s marriage was very happy and they had celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary before Eileen’s untimely death at the age of 72 in 1999. One of the great interests they shared was the National Trust, its properties and its work.
After Eileen died, Brian decided to look for a slightly smaller house which resulted in his meeting Gwen, his second wife, as hers was one of the houses he looked at. When they married in 2001 they had over 100 years of marital experience between them. They enjoyed a full and fun life together. Sadly, in recent years Brian developed dementia which gradually shrunk their world.”
This obituary was previously published in ‘Carthusian’ magazine 2018
Christopher John Bower Hatton
1933 - 2018
Christopher John Bower Hatton on 7 January 2018, aged 84
V OQ46 - CQ50
His father Alan (V12) and uncle George (V25) were in Verites; his brother-in-law Gerald Liversidge (W28) also attended the School.
His son William told the Warrington Guardian:
“My father Christopher was very senior in business and had many different directorships, primarily in Warrington. He was a man that many people were greatly fond of but was also greatly respected.
He held a number of roles but his career highlights include working at Robert Davies and Co in the 1960s before becoming a senior partner in 1965. He was the third generation of Hattons to take on the role following in the footsteps of his dad, granddad Herbert and uncle George.
In 1963, Christopher, who voluntarily worked as chairman of Warrington Festival Trust, was appointed as non-executive director of Greenall Whitley following the death of his father Alan. During this time, the company achieved a number of major milestones including the acquisition of De Vere Hotels as well as taking the company into the FTSE 100. He received a personal letter of thanks from former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following the reopening of The Grand Hotel in Brighton after it was bombed by the IRA during the Conservative Party conference in 1984. In 1971 he was appointed chairman at the age of 38 and subsequently became joint managing director.”
Survived by children William, Sarah, John and Liberty, stepdaughter Faye, grandchildren Jonathan, Bertie, Thomas, Casper and Artemis. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Robert Anthony Wright
1944 - 2018
Brooke Hall 1969 - 2003
Dr Robert Anthony Wright on 6 January 2018, aged 74
Brooke Hall OQ69 - CQ03
John Peters (BH 1969-2004) wrote:
“One of poetry’s unique capacities is to encapsulate key aspects of friendship (‘Old friends are like diamonds precious and rare’) and also moments of acute loss (‘Oh for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still’) in unforgettable and poignant ways. The lines came poignantly to my mind when, ironically, on a return visit to Godalming, I received the sad news that Bob had died. His mental health, which had been precarious, even fragile for four years, deteriorated markedly after Christmas 2017 and he died peacefully, comforted by Linda.
The first sixteen years of Bob’s life were spent in Chelsea, to which experience may be traced his life-long devotion to the local football team based at Stamford Bridge. One of the family’s near neighbours in Chelsea was Anthony Barber, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ted Heath’s one and only administration; and Bob often recalled, with pleasure, the fact that he was able to watch several FA Cup finals on television at Barber’s house.
Bob was educated at Emmanuel School and Langley Grammar School, where he met his future wife Linda. She qualified as a psychiatric social worker while he graduated in chemistry at Nottingham University three years later, obtaining a doctorate in a complex aspect of physical chemistry at Reading University. Bob and Linda were married in 1968.
After pursuing a year as a research chemist with British Petroleum, he became a member of Brooke Hall in 1969, having been appointed by Oliver Van Oss. I was privileged to join the English Department in the same year, together with such stalwarts in other departments as Leonard Morrison, Bill Aitken and Mike Bawden. Memories of our dining in are clearly etched. Driving home to Uskites where both of our families lived, Bob’s rather fragile car ground to a halt on the hallowed turf of Big Ground – he had failed to safely negotiate the bank surrounding the pitch. However nothing deterred him – and his reaction was swift, immediate and memorable: “Come on JP, let’s scarper before (a well-known housemaster, identity preserved) reports us to OVO.”
Fortunately, we escaped unscathed and Bob went on to become a dedicated and able teacher of chemistry, in addition to which he developed a penchant for radiochemistry under the direction of Tom Peacock, before the latter retired. David Newman, who arrived as Head of Science, found Bob to be very supportive, as he was in later years when the School initiated a major programme of refurbishment in all three science departments. David also recalls that “Bob got on well with the lab, staff and was not frightened of practical work, both as a demonstrator and as an originator of pupil experiments. He was frequently to be seen in his lab, in safety glasses and white coat, directing a lower school division or a group of Specialists.” On one famous occasion, however, the experiment did not develop quite as seamlessly as had been intended. Bob was demonstrating the properties of white phosphorous to Specialists when the material ignited vigorously filling the room with dense fumes of phosphorous oxide. Bob quickly evacuated the lab. On the way back to the New Houses one of the pupils felt unwell and sought medical advice. Before the end of the morning, however, the alarm had been raised and all the pupils, plus Bob, were transported to the Royal Surrey Hospital for a 24-hour period of observation, in case of poisoning. As David Newman kindly commented at the time, “It could have happened to any one of the chemistry beaks.”
Possessed of a lively, creative and questioning mind, Bob was keenly interested in the academic welfare and progress of his pupils who benefitted a great deal from his extensive knowledge of the subject as a whole. In those far-off days, he really thrived in teaching prospective Oxbridge candidates, not only in his subject but also the wider aspects of science required for Oxbridge entry. A brilliant Oxbridge candidate from the mid-70s said this about him: “Bob Wright was a good bloke, and one of the few beaks with the courage to say that I was arrogant, which I undoubtedly was back then.” In addition to chemistry, RAW was also passionately interested in computers and technology in general and I was able to benefit on many occasions from his advice on abstruse – and, to me, baffling – technological matters.
Eventually, in 1994, Bob became Head of Chemistry. Stephen Shuttleworth (BH 1980-2011) who worked with him for 23 years, writes movingly about their time as close colleagues: “I arrived at Charterhouse in 1980 and from the outset he was always friendly and encouraging: I frequently benefitted from his advice. I remember going past his lab and hearing him explain quite complex ideas in simple and lucid terms. He always wanted to make sure that pupils understood the rudiments of a topic and would question them to make sure this was the case before moving on to something more advanced. As Head of Chemistry he was typically enthusiastic about the job. He was fair and objective in the allocation of teaching groups to his colleagues each year. In our regular departmental meetings he was keen to learn about interesting teaching points or possible experiments. It was both a happy and successful department in his time.”
Bob handed on an excellent department to Andrew Johnson who had arrived at the School in 1989. “Bob was never short of a sage thought and reassuring word based on his long experience of teaching chemistry. He injected a passion into our work through his intense love of the subject. At departmental meetings he moved swiftly through the background administration to ensure that as much time as possible could be devoted to discussing his latest new idea on teaching a tricky chemical concept or showing us an interesting practical experiment, many of which have been used with great success to this day.” At the end of his time as Head of Department Bob was asked by John Witheridge to direct examinations both internal and external, a complex and difficult operation.
Outside the hashroom Bob enjoyed a diverse range of activities, with a particular interest in Brooke Hall’s various sporting teams: football (as a foraging and ultra-determined midfield player), cricket (he was universally known as ‘Poucher’ because of his brilliant catching in the slips and elsewhere in the field) and rugby (a speedy winger though not much inclined to tackle opponents). He supervised many School football and cricket teams, including running Maniacs A – ‘a disparate group of IYS with a wide range of ability: to see RAW managing them was to observe a masterclass in proper, old fashioned schoolmastering’ according to Andrew Johnson. Other interests included golf, fine wines (he was the Brooke Hall cellarer for several years), walking in the countryside, the poetry of the Great War, and following closely the fluctuations of the silver market, making a number of astute purchases over the years.
Bob Wright loved Charterhouse and was thrilled that Philip (V91) now an extremely successful engineer, Oliver (V92) an academic in cognitive psychology and Holly (V96) a solicitor married to an OC, were all educated at Charterhouse, all three of them with fond memories of Bob Noble’s genial stewardship of Verites. RAW retired in 2003, and for quite some time enjoyed travel, walking, bell-ringing and Quaker meetings with their alluring emphasis on quietness, simplicity and peace-driven reflection – all qualities apparent in his funeral service.
Bob’s final years were cruelly restricted by dementia – so together with Linda and his family, his former colleagues and friends, I prefer to recall and salute memories of Bob in his prime. There was the robust and skilful sportsman, the acutely intelligent chemistry teacher and Head of Department, and the friendly human being able to converse on many different subjects. It was never a dull experience being in Bob’s company. His death was untimely and he will be sorely missed. He has left a huge gap, a blankness captured sublimely in Tennyson’s In Memoriam. ‘He is not here, but far away / The noise of life begins again / And ghastly through the drizzling rain / On the bald street breaks the blank day’. RIP Bob.
Previously published in Carthusian 2018
Douglas Brand Miller
1924 - 2018
Douglas Brand Miller on 1 January 2018, aged 93
B CQ38 - OQ42
Maniacs Cricket, Life Member of OC Golfing Society, Captain 1984-88, and contributor to the Halford Hewitt Golf Course
Full obituary pending.
Alexander Guy Lind Smith
1987 - 2018
Alexander Guy Lind Smith in January 2018, aged 30
L OQ00 - CQ05
1st XI Member - Hockey, Captain of Tennis and Rackets, Deputy Head of House
Alex’s biography as told at the service in his memory in Southwark Cathedral:
“Alex was born in West London, the eldest of three boys – a role he relished – and when he was three and with Digby just a baby, the family moved to South Africa where they spent the next eight years.
Alex embraced all things African. He excelled at school in Johannesburg. With Digby, he had an amazing childhood, running barefoot, revelling in the wild animals, the space and the amazing landscape that South Africa had to offer and, by 1997, Maxim was born. Armed with a pretty impressive South African accent, the family returned to England when Alex was 11 so that the boys could be educated here.
Alex adapted quickly to life in the UK and thrived on the sports field, talented in tennis, rackets and hockey. When he was 13 he taught himself the guitar and formed a band called Sound Avenue with three close school friends, Elliot, Alex and Josh. They played together for three years and were offered a record contract by Warner Records. However, they turned their backs on possible fame and took the more conventional route of university instead. Alex went to Bristol and gained his degree – ostensibly a place of learning, but for Alex the music scene was where his heart lay and it dominated his waking hours.
On Digby’s 18th birthday, Alex, in that wonderful brotherly way, made sure that Digby was given a set of turntables … which was exactly what he wanted! The duo set up as freelance recording engineers and DJs as well as establishing their own Flash as a Rat record label. This was the start of an extraordinary musical journey based on a powerful sibling bond – one that was so tragically interrupted by Alex’s illness.
In Ibiza in 2010, Alex met Tatiana. Their relationship was to last the rest of his life. They were one of the few couples who managed a long-distance relationship successfully and they were engaged in April 2016.
Alex and Digby moved to Berlin in February 2015 and by the end of that year they were starting to make their mark on the dance music scene.
On 28th December 2015 Alex collapsed in Berlin. He was put into an induced coma for two weeks and diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4, the most aggressive type of brain tumour. After two major operations, and despite his illness, Alex took control of his treatment, endlessly researching every possible therapy known to science and a few more! His research led him to find immunotherapy treatment in Germany, which was so generously supported by so many of you here, as the most likely way to extend his life. He suffered very few side effects and was able to continue to develop his music with Digby, writing and playing at clubs around the world.
However on 11th December 2017 we were told no more treatment was available. Alex died at home four weeks later.
He never lost his positivity, charisma and humour.”
Sayer Eliot Crutchfield
1970 - 2018
Sayer Eliot Crutchfield on 30 January 2018, aged 47
B OQ84 - CQ89
House Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Hockey and Football, Swimming Team
Brother of Aaron (B91).
Full obituary pending.
India Elizabeth Victoria Radford
1994 - 2017
India Elizabeth Victoria Radford in 2017, aged 23
W OQ11 - CQ13
Art Scholar, Member - Squash, Netball and Lawn Tennis Teams
Peter Tyndall Walwyn
1933 - 2017
Peter Tyndall Walwyn MBE on 7 December 2017, aged 84
P CQ47 - CQ51
Through his late wife , Virginia, his Gaselee father-in-law and brother-in-law were both in Bodeites, Auriol (B26) and Nicholas (B56).
Peter had been President of the OC Racing Society since its inception.
Chairman of the Society, Peter Nathan (H47), wrote:
“Peter Walwyn MBE, Champion Racehorse Trainer in 1974 and 1975 (a cousin of renowned racehorse trainer Fulke Walwyn) was at his death a keen President of the Old Carthusian Racing Society. The first horse Peter trained was provided as a yearling by Percival Williams, grandfather of Venetia Williams, and became famously successful as Be Hopeful, winner of 27 races. As many members are aware, Venetia trained Nice One Frankie very successfully and is now training Shivermetimbers for the Society. It was in 1974 that Peter won the Epsom Oaks with Polygamy and in 1975 the Epsom Derby and King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Grundy. He had already won the 1,000 Guineas in 1971 with Humble Duty. He was a very modest man and much beloved character, who became a legend in Lambourn, where he was a popular Chairman of the Lambourn Trainers Association.”
Venetia Williams, Trainer for OC Racing Society Syndicate wrote:
“After Be Hopeful Peter also trained many good other winners for my grandfather including Mable, 2nd in the Oaks and winner of the Park Hill, as was her daughter May Hill who also won the Park Hill Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, and Pasty, unbeaten as a 2year old including the Lowther at York and the Chievely Park.”
Secretary Roger France-Hayhurst (H70) said:
“We all send heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his family and thank him for his great presence and support for our Society. As it happens, the news came through as we were preparing for Shivermetimbers to race at Exeter on Friday 8 December and both Peter and Venetia were there with me, so that it was in one sense at least fitting that the Society was there and represented together with our racehorse on hearing of that sad news.”
Peter was made an MBE in 2014 for services to horseracing. His wife Virginia (known as “Bonk”) pre-deceased him in 2014. They are survived by two children, Edward and Kate, and two grandchildren.
Richard Bertram Godwin-Austen
1935 - 2017
Dr Richard Bertram Godwin-Austen on 3 December 2017, aged 82
L CQ49 - CQ53
Member - Swimming Team
Son Jonathan (W80), father-in-law of Richard Cunningham (L78).
He featured in “Reflections” in The OC magazine 2009:
“After a lifetime of public service, distinguished physician Richard Godwin-Austen (L53) shares some formative moments.
He writes: "My father, like many of his generation, had learnt the importance of gentlemanly behaviour and the value of integrity Always be 'straight'- meaning honest and considerate and adopt the leadership role whenever called upon to do so. These were the lessons instilled into me and they stuck. When 1 was just thirteen I moved to Charterhouse. My transferral to public school was almost as stressful as starting prep school. But I had learnt how to make friends and I enjoyed the increased sense of freedom that my new school provided. Looking back, the magic of walking round Green on a summer Sunday evening before chapel is a treasured memory. The setting sun turns the original Hardwick Buildings and the Gilbert Scott Memorial Chapel a golden orange standing on the plateau of green playing fields.
For me the achievement of the school was to give every boy the opportunity to develop talents and interests. When I was about 16 a friend and I hit on the idea of starting a new club devoted to the appreciation of the visual arts - The Beerbohm Society' - named after the eminent Old Carthusian artist and writer. It sparked in many of us a lifelong enthusiasm for opera, art galleries and country houses. It was a wonderful education which encouraged original thought, clear expression and reasoned argument. These were all talents that fitted us for the professions most of us were later to take up in the law, medicine and business and in the Civil and Foreign Services. In my own case I had decided to take up medicine. This can be inspirational as few other jobs can be, but for success, the commitment must be strong, because the long hours, patient priority and not least, the learning of a huge mass of information needs perseverance and determination.
A doctor should always accept the priority of the patient so that in urgent or stressful situations he must be seen as soon as possible. There is no escape from having command of the information and knowledge on which crucial decisions can be based: to be trusted demands professionalism. But it is, I believe, the most rewarding life that you can choose. Medical practice is simply applied scientific knowledge, with the added dimension of humanity and care. What a privilege to meet, each day, new strangers who trust your judgement and whose outlook you can improve.
Most people that I have met in quite a long life have been kind, generous and trustworthy. Of course I am lucky, but I believe that the enemies are mistrust, cynicism and 'cool'. And happiness is seizing opportunities, commitment, gratitude and trust."
As well as working as consultant neurologist to the Nottingham, Derby and South Lincolnshire Hospitals until his retirement in 1997,Richard held numerous senior positions on related clinical committees, associations, societies, federations and boards both here and abroad.
Married with two children, he was appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1994. He was also a church warden of St James's Church Papplewick.
His book Seizing Opportunities was published by the Memoir Club.
George Forbes Abercrombie
1935 - 2017
George Forbes Abercrombie FRCS on 27 December 2017, aged 82
P OQ48 - CQ53
Head of House, Member - Shooting VIII
His father was in Pageites, as was his eldest son John (P79), younger son Colin (D81)
He went up to Caius, Cambridge, and held a Tancred Scholarship in Physic.
Past long-serving Hon Secretary of the OC Medical Society
A fellow Consultant Urological Surgeon, Byron Walmsley wrote:
“Forbes was the son of George and Maria Abercrombie. His father was a general practitioner who became the first president of the Section of General Practice at the Royal Society of Medicine in and also founder of the Royal College of General Practitioners and its president from 1969 to 1972.
Forbes completed his undergraduate medical training at the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. In 1958, he became house surgeon at Bart’s to Alec Badenoch, who had a major influence on his subsequent career by stimulating his interest in urology.
He was the first solely urological consultant appointment at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth and, with his colleague John Vinnicombe, formed a urology department that quickly became recognised for the value of its teaching by the Specialist Advisory Committe in Urology. For many years, Portsmouth had the only department in the Wessex region that was recognised for senior registrar training.
Forbes had a major interest in reconstructive urology, particularly hypospadias repair, and in 1967 took his family to Philadelphia to work with John Duckett and learn about the new techniques that Duckett had developed in this field. His other contributions to urological practice included the development of the so called ‘rip and pluck’ method for nephroureterectomy, which is still practised today, albeit laparoscopically.
He was a keen and enthusiastic teacher who encouraged all his trainees to do clinical research and present their results at the Section of Urology of the RSM, of which he was a strong supporter. He became its honorary secretary and ultimately president in 1993, when he ran a memorable overseas meeting in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was a member of the Council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
Outside urology his interests were mainly golf, chess and fishing. He was captain of Hayling Island golf club and used to boast that he was ‘the best golfer in the chess club and the best chess player in the golf club’. Unfortunately, his fishing exploits on the River Brora in Scotland produced more stories than salmon!
After retiring from Portsmouth,Forbes took up a urological post in Tasmania, where he greatly enjoyed the climate, the people and the lack of bureaucracy. Sadly, his later years were coloured by his Parkinson’s disease, which he bore with fortitude but inevitable frustration.
He leaves his wife, Jennifer, and his two sons.”
Cyril Arthur Geoffrey Golding
1923 - 2017
Cyril Arthur Geoffrey Golding in 2017, aged 94
L LQ37 - CQ39
Member - Lawn Tennis Team
After serving in the RAF during WWII, he went first to London University to read History and English and then to Keble College, Oxford to read PPE. There he captained the College tennis and squash teams and was a member of the OU second tennis team, the 'Penguins'. It was at Oxford that he met his future wife, Christine. They married in 1949 and had three sons.
After a career in retail management, he became Principal Lecturer in Management Studies at the College for Distributive Trades, London.
His son Anthony said: "My father very much enjoyed his two years at Charterhouse, especially the sporting activities."
Bruce Gilbert Murray
1931 - 2017
Bruce Gilbert Murray on 29 November 2017, aged 86
V CQ45 - CQ49
Two younger brothers were in the House - Christopher (V51) and John (V57).
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and lived in Canada.
His widow Mary wrote:
"My husband Bruce passed away after being in long term care for a year and a half. Thank you for keeping him informed all these years of the goings on at the School. Thank you for giving him such a good education. It was his faith and trust in God that made him the fine man he was."
He is survived also by daughter Elizabeth, sons Arthur and William with grandchildren Maricela, Luke, Pierre Richard and Richenard.
Iain Vittorio Robinson Harrison
1929 - 2017
Iain Vittorio Robinson Harrison CBE on 25 November 2017, aged 88
V CQ43 - CQ47
He followed his father and uncle to Verites, as did his younger brother Ronald (V51) who died in September 2017.
Shipowner, founder and Chairman of Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd 1956 - 2001, and Chairman of Stirling Shipping Co. 1975 - 2001 and other directorships.
He is survived by his wife Fabienne, their five children, and grandchildren.
Grahame Stewart Mills
1930 - 2017
Grahame Stewart Mills on 12 November 2017, aged 87
R OQ44 - CQ47
Younger brother of Arthur (R47).
Full obituary pending.
Arthur Frank Mainwaring Morris
1923 - 2017
Arthur Frank Mainwaring Morris on 8 November 2017, aged 94
W OQ36 - LQ41
Uncle of John Pritchard (H87).
During WWII Arthur served with the Madras Sappers and Miners, Indian Army. After demobilisation he read for the Mechanical Science Tripos at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was awarded a Half-Blue for Athletics.
During his career he worked for several firms of consulting engineers in the UK and abroad, and in retirement he ran a furniture restoration business.
In 1952 he had married Elizabeth Howitt but she died in 1997. He is survived by their four children Denise, Richard, Nicola and Peter, and an ample number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard Peter Chatterton
1932 - 2017
Richard Harvey Peter Chatterton in 2017, aged 85
S OQ45 - OQ50
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, Poole Prize for Natural Science, House Monitor
1931 - 2017
John Mollo on 25 October 2017, aged 86
R OQ44 - CQ48
Also in Robinites were his younger brother Boris (R53) who died in 2015 and son Thomas (R90).
John was born in London, the eldest child of Eugene Mollo, who had escaped from Russia in the 1920s, and his English artist wife Ella (nee Cockell). His father, also a gifted artist, was a keen collector of tin soldiers and military badges, sharing his love of military history with him and younger siblings Boris and Andrew, which influenced the careers of all three.
Leaving School from the History VIth form, he went to Farnham College of Art. Than after two years of National Service with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in Hong Kong, which ended shortly before the start of the Korean War, he returned home and helped to run his father’s engineering company while studying military history.
Through his life he wrote for historical publications and researched, wrote or illustrated more than a dozen volumes on military costume and history, which include Uniforms of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars; Military Fashion: A Comparative History of the Uniforms of the Great Armies from the 17th Century to the First World War; co-authored with his brother Boris Into the Valley of Death: The British Cavalry Division at Balaclava, 1854 and lastly in 2013 From Corunna to Waterloo with the Hussars, 1808 to 1815.
An introduction in 1968 by his brother Andrew, also a military historian and film consultant, led to John being involved with a remake of The Charge of the Light Brigade where he supervised the creation of about three thousand military uniforms.
His first film appointment as a costume designer - and apparently his first encounter with science fiction - was when American filmmaker George Lucas recruited him for his 1997 production Star Wars. The brief was to design costumes that made a fantasy universe feel authentic but not to outshine the actors, based upon original paintings previously done by an American illustrator and on a very tight budget. John delivered the director’s vision - Darth Vader’s menacing black costume with helmet said to be inspired by Nazi soldiers in WWII, outfits for Princess Leia Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the white uniforms of the Stormtroopers, which design for their white suit has been used in every Star Wars film.
Star Wars became the highest-grossing film of 1977 receiving 10 Oscar nominations and a Special Achievement award. John Mollo won for Best Costume Design. -In his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1978 he described his work as “really not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering”. When attending Star Wars events in later life he reportedly expressed surprise at the interest shown by fans of all ages in his designs.
His was retained for the 1980 Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back , and between the two, he designed for another sci-fi film Alien. He did not work on Return of the Jedi, the third Star Wars film but returned to historical dramas in films including Gandhi, Revolution and The Three Musketeers. His last work as a costume designer was on a series of television films adapted from C. S. Forester’s novels about Napoleonic War officer Horatio Hornblower, the last of which was shown in 2003.
Over the rest of his career he won a second Oscar in 1983 for Ghandi (jointly), and was nominated for five BAFTA Awards, three Emmy Awards and also three Saturn Awards, winning one.
John died from vascular dementia and is survived by his second wife, Louise (nee Pongracz) their son, Tom, and youngest brother Andrew.
See also other published obituaries:
David Christopher Burrows
1939 - 2017
David Christopher (Kit) Burrows on 15 October 2017, aged 78
W OQ52 - LQ57
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Cricket and Football, Tennis Team - Member
Younger brother of Miles (L54).
Michael Ashley Miller
1930 - 2017
Dr Michael Ashley Miller CBE on 14 October 2017, aged 86
P OQ44 - OQ48
Father of Mark (P80).
Full obituary pending.
David Clarke Brooke Winch
1923 - 2017
David Clarke Brooke Winch on 10 October 2017, aged 94
H CQ37 - CQ41
David was the eighteenth member of the Winch family to join Hodgsonites, which included his father Stanley (H1901) and elder brother Richard (H40, deceased 2010).
Full obituary pending.
(George) David Row Cockram
1940 - 2017
(George) David Row Cockram on 8 October 2017, aged 76
G OQ54 - CQ59
School Monitor, Athletics Committee
Born in Oxford, David moved to West Byfleet, Surrey in 1945 and was a pupil at Parkfield Preparatory School before entering Charterhouse.
Initially articled to Chartered Accountants, he then joined Lloyds Bank, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, before finding his vocation in stockbroking.
He married Susan in 1972 and their son James was born the following year. The family moved to Bury St Edmunds in 1980 and after seven years of daily commuting, David was offered the opportunity of opening a regional office for a leading London stockbroker, a first for the town.
His voluntary involvement with St Edmundsbury Cathedral was immense and he gave a great deal of time to further the work there; he watched in grow and change, serving under two Provosts and two Deans and as Director of The Friends of the Cathedral. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of St Edmund, with the citation “for his unfailing loyalty and commitment to the Cathedral and Diocese”.
David was also involved in the life of the town in other ways, serving on various charities, notably the Guildhall Feoffment, serving two terms as Chairman, and the Hospice.
Survived by his wife and son.
Graeme Max Blythe
1939 - 2017
Brooke Hall 1969 - 1975
Graeme Max Blythe on 5 October 2017, aged 78
BH OQ69 - OQ75
His son John wrote:
“My father sadly passed away after a chronic illness. He transformed a relatively traditional Biology Department into an exciting unit with a strong emphasis on research and investigative science. He was a key figure in establishing a prize-winning field centre in the Peak District. His fascinating autobiography, tltled Journey of a Lifetime, charts his life starting in Rotherham, South Yorkshire born to Frank and Gwendoline Blythe. The newspapers of the day talked about the distribution of corrugated iron air raid shelters beginning in London as war was anticipated.
Max attended Wellgate Primary School, followed by Rotherham Grammar School where his interest in science gathered pace. After leaving school he joined the National Coal Board scientific laboratories as a junior technician and subsequently he followed a short path of unqualified supply teaching before commencing studies at The City of Sheffield Training College, St John’s College York and later achieving a BSc with honours in botany at the University of Sheffield in 1969. Over the summer of 1968 Max began a series of natural history programmes for BBC Radio Sheffield. This audio Web of Life series, based on his novel and innovative teaching practice, would later be converted into a teaching handbook for preparatory school teachers.
Max’s six years at Charterhouse was a rich public school education. It gave him a sense of community life he had not known before. His ambition for students at all levels was to explore fascinating aspects of living order, not just read about them. Insights from their own laboratory investigations were his priority. At this time he met and married Gillian (Cheeko) Margaret Grace.
His enthusiastic development of the Biology Department, of which he became Head in 1972, led to the introduction of a visiting biology lecturer programme – the peak of which was the visit of Nobel laureate Sir Henry Krebs. His other career highlights at Charterhouse included becoming master-in-charge of lawn tennis and leading regular field courses to the Isles of Scilly, the Peak District and the Canary Islands.
Max left Charterhouse shortly after a ‘magical’ visiting fellowship to develop research interests at Merton College Oxford, where he became good friends with JRR Tolkien. In 1976 he moved on from teaching to advising, taking up the post of Senior Education Adviser and Director of Health Education in the Community Medicine Department of Oxford University and a member of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine. He was later involved in healthcare-related teaching and research at Oxford Polytechnic (which later became Oxford Brookes University) and was a founding member of the team who planned Oxford’s first degree courses in nursing and midwifery.
During his time in Oxford Max became a respected medical historian and biographer of three major contributors to twentieth century medicine: John Fry, Archie Cochrane and Charles Fletcher. His video-recorded interviews with leading clinicians and medical scientists became the basis of a large national biographical archive.
Max had a remarkable life and leaves behind his cherished wife Gillian (Cheeko), his son John, a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon in London, and his grand-daughter Tilly Jemima who brought a ‘beautiful ray of sunshine’ to his later life.”
Previously published in Carthusian magazine 2018
John Loftus Henry Arkwright
1931 - 2017
John Loftus Henry Arkwright on 1 October 2017, aged 86
R OQ44 - OQ48
His eldest son, Loftus, followed him to Robinites (R90); his grandfather and uncle, also both Loftus, were in Weekites and his father-in-law, Cyril Johnstone, was in Duckites.
Full obituary pending.
Simon Ward Roberts
1958 - 2017
Simon Ward Roberts on 30 September 2017, aged 58
R LQ72 - CQ76
Captain - Shooting Team
His wife, Jacqueline, said "Simon died after battling with cancer for just over a year".
Full obituary pending
Benjamin Edward Arnold
1971 - 2017
Benjamin Edward Arnold on 30 September 2017, aged 46
L OQ84 - CQ87
Clarinet Wind Prize 1986
Ben left after the Fifth form to study for A-levels at Godalming College. He leaves a widow, Emma, and two teenage children.
Bertram Kerrich Spencer Byng Hartshorne
1923 - 2017
Bertram "Kerry" Kerrich Spencer Byng Hartshorne on 28 September 2017, aged 93
G OQ37 - LQ42
School Monitor, Cadet Corps Under Officer
Kerry died peacefully at home. He had married Jean Bell in 1952 and she survives him, as do his four children David (G72); Christopher (G71), Pamela and James (G84). Two of his grandchildren Holly (P00) and Thomas (G02) were also at the School.
His son David wrote:
“Our father died peacefully at home. He had recorded his life in meticulous detail in diaries he had kept since the age of 12: one of the first entries describes the funeral of George V. These diaries were transcribed into his memoirs when he retired to Scotland.
The memoirs record highlights of a long and remarkable life that saw huge social and technological change and took him from Zagazig, the Egyptian town where he was born to Kippford where he died peacefully on 28 September. He wrote about his childhood in Egypt , with five older sisters, and summers in Cyprus, swimming in the harbour at Kyrenia. About his schooldays in Gownboys, and a tense journey back from Egypt by flying boat as war broke out. About taking the train to Oxenholme and then cycling all the way to the Highlands to join his godfather for a holiday. How he joined up on his 18th birthday and became a Royal Engineer with the Indian Army, spending much of the next three years in Burma speaking only Urdu.
He wrote about returning to Cambridge to study engineering and embarking on what was to be a long and successful career as a Consulting Civil Engineer with Sir William Halcrow & Partners. His career took him around the world. He paddled up rivers in Ghana to view dam sites, flew out to remote villages in Papua New Guinea for a traffic survey, sweated in the Amazon rainforest. He oversaw the building of a runway in the Omani desert and was stuck in Dacca when war between India and Bangladesh broke out. He retired from the business as a Partner in 1984.
He moved to Scotland where he used his energy and contacts to support projects for the local community. He oversaw the development of a new jetty for the yacht club and a new village hall. He spent time planning holidays to countries he hadn’t seen before so that he could add them to his list, which eventually totalled an incredible 127, each one carefully recorded, even if he was only there for the briefest of visits. He was in his 80s when he headed off to Peru to see Machu Picchu; 90 when he thought he’d like to go to Southern Africa and go white-water rafting down the Zambezi.
He was always up for trying something new, whether that be installing solar panels in Kippford back in the 70s, booking himself onto Concorde’s second flight or learning how to email in his 80s so that he could keep in touch with family around the world.”
Denys John Harman Ryder
1931 - 2017
Denys John Harman Ryder on 28 September 2017, aged 85
D OQ45 - CQ49
His father Charles and uncle George were in Duckites in the 1890s. As were late brothers Anthony (G45) and Christopher (D49). His two sons were in Daviesites: Simon (D80) and Oliver (D86).
Full obituary pending.
Richard Michael Turner Jones
1931 - 2017
Richard Michael Turner Jones on 27 September 2017, aged 86
P CQ45 - LQ50
The eldest of three brothers in Pageites: Christopher (P50), and John (P53, deceased 1980). Their father was in Lockites.
Full obituary pending.
Anthony Thomas Carrick Allom
1938 - 2017
Anthony Thomas Carrick Allom on 26 September 2017, aged 78
W CQ52 - CQ57
1st XI Member - Cricket and Football, 3rd XI Member - Hockey, Member - Rackets Team
Grandfather Oswald Thomas Norris (W1902), brother Thomas (W54) and nephew Henry (W93).
His friend Joe Ullman (W59) wrote:
"Ants" as he was fondly known had as a father Maurice a Wellingtonian who had played cricket for Surrey and England in 1930 and as a Grandfather O.T.Norris one of the best known OC sportsmen who played in the first Arthur Dunn Cup Final in 1902. So it is hardly surprising that Ants had a successful sporting career.
He was in the cricket XI for 4 years as an all-rounder and at just under 7 feet tall he became a more than competent goalkeeper in the football XI. He also played in the Rackets team. After leaving school he kept goal for the OC Football Club and was part of the winning Dunn side of 1962 against the Malvernians. He played for Charterhouse Friars for many years and captained them in the 1971 Cricketer Cup final against the Tonbridgians which was lost in a rain affected match. He represented the Southern Schools at Lords in 1957 and played for Surrey in 1960. As captain of the Friars he had a 71 per cent win rate and became the second most economic Carthusian bowler in the history of the Cricketer Cup.
Much more importantly than the number of games he played for the Friars was the number of school-leavers he infected with the love of the game of cricket and the sportsmanship that goes with it. As such he became both a friend and an inspiration to many Carthusians.
After leaving Charterhouse he joined the family firm of Allom Lighting in Southampton. After a spell there in 1966 he joined Honeywell in Brentford, West London, an established American engineering conglomerate that entered the computer market to compete with IBM. Before retiring Ants acted freelance for Hansa Financials, working with many of his old customers who both liked and respected him.
As one would expect, he fought cancer with humour and fortitude before losing the battle after two years. He leaves behind his wife Hillary, and sons Dominic and Matthew.”
Ronald Charles Gully Harrison
1933 - 2017
Ronald Charles Gully Harrison on 25 September 2017, aged 84
V LQ47 - LQ51
Family in Verites: father Ion (V1907), uncle Gerald (V1914), brother Iain (V1947), also cousin Gerald (S41) and two grandsons in Weekites: William (W10) and Oliver (W13).
Full obituary pending.
Stephen James Barney
1922 - 2017
Lt Cdr Stephen James Barney RNR, RD, Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur on 23 September 2017, aged 94
R OQ36 - CQ39
House Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Cricket
Brother of William (R38, deceased 2005), father of Tim (R71), uncle of William (R72).
Full obituary pending
Robin Thomas Bishop
1931 - 2017
Robin Thomas Bishop on 22 September 2017, aged 85
G OQ45 - CQ49
Brother-in-law of The Revd Philip Seal (G50)
Full obituary pending.
Brian Frederick George Stapley
1937 - 2017
Brian Frederick George Stapley on 21 September 2017, aged 80
S OQ50 - CQ55
Captain Under Green, Maniacs Cricket
He read Modern Languages at University College, Oxford and represented the College in Hockey, Rugby and Football.
Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1962 and set up his own practices in Woking and Birmingham. For a time he was Honorary Auditor for Surrey County Scout Council and Treasurer for the Esher District.
Notice of his death said:
“Formerly of Esher, Woking, Birmingham and Mallorca [Brian] passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in Spain, after several years battling cancer. Much loved father of Caroline and Andrew, their mother Christine, grandfather to Ben and brother to Bridget. Chartered Accountant and Senior Mason in a variety of degrees.”
David Gordon Willsher Davis
1929 - 2017
David Gordon Willsher Davis on 20 September 2017, aged 88
g OQ42 - OQ46
1st XI Member - Football, Athletics Team
Stepfather to Durrell Barnes (g78), Godfather to Charles Comninos (g74).
Full obituary pending.
John Paul Victor
1956 - 2017
John Paul Victor on 30 August 2017, aged 61
W OQ69 - CQ73
Benn Scholarship, House Monitor, 1st XI Member - Cricket and Football
Brother of Richard (W77), who wrote:
John was born to Elizabeth and Philippe Victor in February 1956; Betty of Yorkshire stock from Pickering and Phil’s family originally Huguenots from Lyon, France who moved to the UK in the 1930’s. Philippe’s father had fought for the French in WW1, invalided out after a gas attack.
John attended Downside Preparatory School, privately run by the Dodd family for generations on the Webb Estate in Purley, Surrey, where the family also lived at ‘Cherry Hinton’. This was a home that would become known for it’s entertaining to many visiting Carthusians and friends.
John was already showing his character at Downside with good academic progress, 1st eleven sports and the occasional brush with school authority. John’s early eye for the ball was enhanced by his attending Old Whitgiftian Raman Subba Row’s cricket classes. Fellow Downside pupils included Peter Oundjian (later of Saunderites ) and Graeme McWhirter, cousin of Ross and Norris whom he met on several occasions.
Passing common entrance without too much effort John was considered a bright new hop on his arrival at Weekites in OQ 1969. Two vertically aligned crosses set against his name in the school’s White List, testified to his Benn Scholarship, awarded for distinction in Classics in the Foundation Examination.
Along with the year’s other scholars, he went straight into Remove (a), led by one of the great beaks of the age, who later became Housemaster of Duckites, Philip Balkwill (g58, Brooke Hall 1966-1990).
For companionship in that form year, he had four other Weekites, including one other Scholar-Philip Stanbury (V73), and also his very close childhood and lifelong friend, Peter Oundjian (Music Scholar, S73), from Downside, and who has movingly written of John: “It"s one of those extraordinary aspects of life that makes a friendship eternal. He was always my cool, bold friend who seemed to fear nothing... he was inspiringly noble and brave in his suffering".
If John had become mildly frustrated at finding himself under some immediate classroom pressure, he soon found a way to vent some steam on the football pitch, both for House and the School 14 side, where he played with great vigour and determination. But, in the last house match of the 1969 season, as was his wont, he went in for another crunching tackle and broke his leg quite badly. Mike Doggart (S73) remembers: “I was watching on the sidelines when John broke his leg. It was in a house match against Duckites and he went for a through ball and collided with the immovable object that was Chris Titman (g72), the Duckites goalie. We knew it was a bad break as soon as it happened. John was pretty nippy up until then - I always remember him as a winger not a midfielder - and it definitely affected his future football career; otherwise he would have been a first XI regular.”
Being side-lined from games in a plaster cast for a full term was not to John’s liking and it caused understandable irritation for this talented sportsman. However, with what was fast becoming his trademark no-nonsense determination, John somehow ascended and descended (no doubt in some pain and with occasional help from housemates) the famous 114 ‘Weekite steps’ to and from Chapel and hashes.
The daily physical struggle of getting around school seemed to give John some added determination in the classroom. He certainly excelled at French, perhaps not altogether surprisingly, given that he was half French.
But it was on the cricket fields of Charterhouse in CQ 1970, leg happily mended, that John started to find some real momentum. His love for and skill at the game was quite apparent early on and it was to be his calling card for many a year to come.
He was also made head of the Weekites’ lower dormitory (under cubes) and later of Long Room in apparent recognition of an emerging maturity- one, it has to be said, not readily recognised by those over whom he was given a degree of control. John’s dormitory governance amounted to nothing less than a mild form of anarchy, expertly orchestrated under the benign gaze of a newish and somewhat forbearing housemaster, Tony Day (Brooke Hall 1954-1990).
John’s roguish charm and readiness to test most of the prescribed limits, meant that he quickly acquired friends keen to emulate his more, shall we say, relaxed attitude to schooling.
Meanwhile at home, John cycled his bike down a steep hill, fortunately near Redhill General Hospital, hitting a lorry and breaking his arm, and defending a ladies honour at a party had his nose broken, it was never straight again.
No sooner had John forsaken the sanctuary of a dormitory for the freedom of his first study, than his home-grown engineering skills were put to use. Those of a certain vintage will recall that studies in the old Houses had very high ceilings, with equally large sash windows. Ideal dimensions, in fact, for building a cunningly disguised second floor. Wooden uprights and boarding were duly smuggled in and assembled into a load bearing platform, then adorned with old carpet and cushions, it was essential for any self-respecting Classics scholar to be able to fully relax while studying for A levels.
The structure was hidden from view by way of a false ceiling made of motley rugs and sheets, hung loosely to just above head level to avoid attracting the suspicions of any prowling beak, Matron or Housemaster. A state-of-the-art stereo system completed John’s multi-purpose pad. Smoking at school, while obviously highly illegal, both then and now, could be indulged in out of sight and in some comfort, with the top part of the sash wide open to ensure that smoke exited, and with a powerful joss stick burning below to disguise any faint whiff of illicit activity. He was never caught.
While John assiduously cultivated a “too cool for school” persona during his O level and specialist years, his beaks, according to his school reports to which the writer has had access, were certainly onto him.
A selection of their remarks in various school reports that must have given his wonderful parents at least some pause for thought about what their dear son was getting up to (reproduced here by kind permission of his OC brother Richard (W77), demonstrate John’s quicksilver nature:
“He seems to have cast himself in the role of village idiot as far as Latin is concerned.” A little harsh perhaps, but even John may have agreed there was a touch of truth to that one.
Balanced by: “He has all the making of a first-class linguist:” (just obviously not Latin!), from his specialist French Beak.
“A cheerful amiable rogue, who seems to enjoy his work and does very well.” Additional Maths.
“He really does promise much more than he ever actually achieves on paper.” English.
“He would, I think, be reluctant to admit that he has done any work or learnt anything worthwhile this year;” Latin, again.
Balanced, in the very same Latin report, by: “He sometimes appeared to be asleep, but seldom was, and usually had an intelligent grasp of the Latin we were reading.” This was a John speciality- seemingly nonchalant on the surface, but very much on the ball.
“His approach to French this Quarter has been reminiscent of the way he wears his cricket cap: jaunty and cavalier...But the light-hearted zest goes with a determination to do well.”
So the academic plaudits and brickbats continued throughout John’s lower and upper sixth form journey.
While he certainly tested (some severely) his various beaks along the way, his Housemaster, Tony Day, always had a soft spot for John. While recognising that his charge could at times be impetuous, even a touch over-confident, he invariably preferred to focus on John’s many fine qualities (writing at the end of LQ 1973 “I always feel he will do the right thing in a crisis”), and duly made him a senior monitor for his final two terms: “He has been a great success here and has contributed much to House and School both as a distinguished games player and a cheerful, forceful personality. He is one of the most likeable boys I have had in the House.”
The last words must go to the late, great Oliver Van Oss (Brooke Hall 1965-73), who John (and others of the era) had the great good fortune to have as Headmaster: “An old friend, who has had a notable career here. Everybody likes him, there is nothing mean about him.”
John’s sporting achievements were mainly on the cricket field for House and School. He was also a more than useful footballer, playing as a robust, very reliable midfielder. He represented the school at U14, U16, 2nd and 1st XI levels, including a 1st XI tour to Luxembourg in November 1972.
Cricket was John’s sporting forte. He played for School at all levels, successfully captaining the 1971 U16 side, being elevated to the 1st XI in 1972 for two seasons and was Vice-Captain in his last year, 1973. He quickly caught the eye as a wicket-keeper/batsman, having earlier shown his assured glove work in the junior ranks.
John’s great strength, aside from keeping and batting, was his infectious, cheeky enthusiasm in the field. As with all fine wicket-keepers, he became the heartbeat of the slip cordon and galvanised the out fielders. Always flattering inaccurate throwing by gathering cleanly, he was prone to offer some choice bon mots to any hapless transgressor (usually a fast bowler).
John’s reliability and skill behind the stumps saw him take a total 29 catches, including 6 stumpings in his second season. It was stats like these that drew Tony Day’s comment: “He is the best wicket-keeper the School has had for many years.”
John was also an effective middle order batsman, gaining justified elevation from his initial number 11 slot. In his prime, he despatched bowlers with ease and considerable power. And he had the happy knack of propping up the tail of an innings, managing no less than 15 not outs in his 32 innings for the XI. He topped the batting averages in both 1972 (23.89) and 1973 (40.25), finishing with a respectable career average of 31.59, and a highest score of 68. He was awarded colours at end of his first year in the XI.
One Sunday in 1974 John’s Ford Capri was innocently caught up in an accident. In front of John was a car which suffered the full impact of a collision. This was driven by a friend Aiden Threlfall (Stowe) who sadly died in the accident. John suffered serious injuries including a smashed hip and spent a few days in intensive care. This was not to stop his cricket, but he did suffer pain over the years and had a replacement hip early in life.
John continued his playing with the Charterhouse Friars and the Cricketer Cup side after leaving School in 1973. He was named Z after Z-Victor 1, the call sign in TV program Z Cars by Anthony Allom (W57).
Peter Bristowe (W80) remembers: “ I met John (although I really only knew him as "Z") on my first Friars" tour having just left Charterhouse. We spent a night or two in Brighton and it was really an eye opener for me. Z must have been at least five years older than me and I remember him vividly. He was dashing, fun, talented and friendly. All those qualities combined to make an impression on me. As I mentioned at the Friars dinner, I particularly remember him shaving off half his beard in Brighton. It still makes me laugh”.
As part of the Friars Andrew Barker (S63) remembers: it was in 1981, when having won the Cup for the second time, about 20 of us met at Gatwick at 8.00am to be flown on the Moet & Chandon chartered plane to Epernay. One person was however missing -Z. We knew he had been to a party in London the night before, but these were the days before mobile phones and after a short delay, the pilot said we had to go. On reaching the Moet chateau, profuse apologies were offered on behalf of the delinquent Z. We had a splendid tour of the cellars followed by a great drinks party. Just as we were going through to lunch, there was a screech of tyres and brakes on the gravel outside and in ran Z. His alarm hadn’t gone off, and he had driven like the clappers to Gatwick where he privately chartered a small plane, flown to Epernay hired a car and here he was. Our host, the Baron, was immediately charmed, and when later in the afternoon the rest of us got in the bus back to the airport, there was Z, grinning from ear to ear, waving us good bye. He had been invited by his new best friend, the Baron, to stay for dinner and the night.
After Charterhouse, John attended the Polytechnic of the South Bank to undertake business studies. However, he soon found further study not to his taste and left to join the family business, working out of Old Street, London N1 and across Europe installing engineering equipment. Finding the UK market in gentle decline he switched to the exhibition business. His great grandfather had managed the ‘Foire de Lyon’ so it runs perhaps in the blood. John joined Montgomery’s of Manchester Sq. W1 and so began his career in the exhibition world.
John’s next position was Jakarta where he ran the region for many years and that allowed him to spend time in Bali, Singapore and Australia. He also visited the grave of his soldier great uncle, George Hesp (44RM Commando) who died on the infamous Burma Railway.
John then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, living in Sandton. He joined the Inanda Club where he could continue his passion for mixing work, sport and a strong social side, putting it mildly.
John left his employers and started on his own, running many successful shows in SA, building them up and sometimes selling them on to the big players. During this period through his work he met and married his life partner Bette McNaughton. They lived a gregarious and lively lifestyle in Sandton and had their son James, who took the new family name McNaughton-Victor.
Many cricket matches and sports tours were organised and run in South Africa through Charterhouse connections and other old friends. Again, thanks to Andrew Barker, John played for and helped greatly in the organisation of two cricket tours to SA of the Greenheads [a joint Friars and Old Tonbridgean team] in 1980 and 1983 and also the Friars tour to Cape Town in 2002. Whenever he was in the UK, he was also a regular attendee at OC Football and Friars fixtures.
Despite running many successful exhibitions, working and living together took its toll. John and Bette divorced but continued to run their separate businesses. John moved to live and work in Cape Town and they occasionally teamed up when circumstances required to jointly run a show. John sold his flat in London to re-invest in new projects and continued with mixed success in the post-apartheid years.
John continued with sporting interests although slowed down by his damaged hip. He was a member of various clubs and societies, which included fishing and sailing but his first love was supporting England especially at the Western Province CC. John would be easily found entertaining and holding court at the Long Bar, Newlands. He also attended various England cricket tours around the world including to the West Indies –particularly on Barbados where he enjoyed time with his many friends.
Without a major backer, exhibition and promotion opportunities in South Africa became fewer and harder to come by in the later years. In John’s final years he alternated between living in the UK and South Africa having interests in both countries. During this period John was diagnosed with diabetes and six months later with pancreatic cancer. He took the news stoically, much as his mother had done who passed from cancer some seven years earlier. Despite his illness John was still to be found at Lords (he was a life member of the MCC) in his final months.
I know from the messages of condolence that John, or Z, is remembered very fondly by those that worked, partied and played sport alongside him.
Sadly, John’s father Philippe survived John by only a few months passing aged 93 in November 2017.
Thanks from Richard to all contributors and Jeremy Cama (W74) for his assistance.
Alan Richard Morris
1932 - 2017
Alan Richard Morris on 25 August 2017, aged 85
L LQ46 - CQ50
Alan died peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Mary, father to Garwin, Kate, Julia and Abigail, and grandfather to six grandchildren.
Charles Alleyne Reynolds
1951 - 2017
Charles Alleyne Reynolds on 14 August 2017, aged 66
D OQ64 - OQ68
Full obituary pending.
Christopher Godfrey Reader Buxton
1929 - 2017
Christopher Godfrey Reader Buxton OBE on 12 August 2017, aged 88
g OQ42 - CQ47
Head of House, 1st XI Captain - Hockey, 2nd XI Member - Football and Cricket
His National Service was in the Royal Artillery and he then read history at Trinity College, Cambridge where he captained the University hockey team. He later graduated with an MBS from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
In 1959 he became involved with the Abbeyfield Society, which provides sheltered housing and care for the elderly. He was appointed National Chairman from 1964-77 while the organisation expanded in the UK, and he later co-founded Abbeyfield International, being made OBE in 1982 in recognition of his services.
Although not a trained architect, he developed a flair for restoration with Period & Country Houses Ltd which focused on creating independent residential units within stately homes and estate buildings for sale or rent, so preserving the properties from decay or destruction. Despite initial criticism, his innovative methods were copied by others.
Amongst several successes were the restoration of Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire, a Grade 1 listed 18th century Palladian country house with parkland by “Capability” Brown (where the central portion became his own home) and Charlton Park in Wiltshire. A venture to develop Compton Verney, an 18th century house near Stratford-upon-Avon, as an opera venue was unsuccessful but he was later instrumental in saving The Grange in Hampshire, which subsequently became the seat of Grange Opera.
Christopher enjoyed a reputation as a renowned host and tireless raconteur.
A full obituary was published in the Times, November 3 2017 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/christopher-buxton-r7w059px8
Michael John de Clare Studdert
1939 - 2017
Michael John de Clare Studdert on 9 August 2017, aged 78
H OQ52 - CQ57
Died at Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
Walter John Warrell Bowring
1920 - 2017
Dr Walter John Warrell Bowring on 5 August 2017, aged 97
D OQ33 - CQ38
School Monitor, Head of House, Member - Fives Team
Brother of Robert (D42, deceased 2007), Uncle of Anthony (D67), Great Uncle of Christopher (D97).
His son Tim shared a resume of the funeral address:
Walter went to Lincoln College, Oxford, initially to study Classics, then switched to Geography as World War II approached. He joined the Royal Artillery in July 1940 based initially near Dover. From 1942 he served with the 8th Army, firstly in North Africa and then in the invasion of Italy with the 7th Mountain Artillery Regiment. He was awarded an immediate Military Cross in 1944 for gallantry in action at Monte della Modina.
In 1945 he deferred his demobilisation to serve in the Indian Army on the Frontier, witnessing the build up to Partition and getting him started on what became central to his later career - issues around the end of empire, new state formation and redrawing of borders.
Walter's subsequent career in the Colonial Office included work in Somaliland, Cyrenaica and from 1954 in Tanganyika. Here he served successively as District Officer and District Commissioner in numerous locations. Following independence, he taught in the Institute of Public Administration at the University of Dar-es-Salaam until 1968.
After leaving Tanzania, Walter taught in the USA before returning home to teach Political Science at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
On returning to the UK Walter settled his family in the village of Puttenham near Godalming in 1973. He fondly remembered his time at Charterhouse and it was no coincidence that he chose a village near the school as his home for the next 44 years.
Walter married Mary Frost in Iringa, Tanganyika in 1955; she died in 2016 after 60 years of marriage. Walter died peacefully and is greatly missed by his four children and nine grandchildren.
Zimo (James) Yang
1996 - 2017
Zimo (James) Yang in summer 2017, aged 21
H OQ12 - CQ14
House Monitor, Birley Scholarship, Beeton Prizewinner
His friends Benji Woolf and Artyom Barinov (both H14) wrote this tribute which was read at the Old Hodgsonite Dinner at Old Charterhouse on 2 November 2017:
“James grew up in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan, China and joined as a First Year Specialist. His time at Charterhouse was transformative. When he arrived, he was not fully fluent in English and was very shy. Neither of these were the case when he left, he had started creating his own puns! James had wide intellectual interests, spanning all three natural sciences, maths, philosophy, and literature. During his time at School he made full use of the facilities available; he was a regular attendee of numerous societies, like the Feynman Society, a keen golfer, and taught himself a fifth A-level (on top of the four Pre-U’s he was already taking). James loved the setting of the School and was a keen observer of the local wildlife (in his first year he even raised a hedgehog in Hodgsonites' garden).
After achieving top exam grades in summer 2014, James went up to Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied Physics and Philosophy. Sadly, James never finished his first year, and, after two years of illness, died in the summer of 2017, at his home in China.
It was an honour to know James throughout his time at Charterhouse and Oxford, and a great shame that an OC with such great potential was unable to fulfil it.”
Brian Wilfred Goodliffe
1933 - 2017
Brian Wilfred Goodliffe on 20 July 2017, aged 83
V CQ47 - CQ51
House Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Hockey, Member - Athletics Team
Brother of Derek (R49, deceased 1998), father of Nicholas (R82) and Robert (D87), uncle of Peter (R76), Richard Curry (R80) and Nigel Curry (R80).
He was a director and Chairman of his family firm OCS Group Ltd. Master of the Worshipful Company of Launderers 1978, Past President of the Textile Services Association, Past President Old Robinites Association.
In 2009 he published Recollections of Gunner Goodliffe – life of a National Serviceman 1952-53, which was based on his own diaries.
A book review in Carthusian magazine said:
“For fifteen years after the end of WWII, National Service was the lot of virtually every reasonably fit young man. Unusually Brian decided to keep a diary during his time in the army. It is these comments, made day by day, which form the core of his fascinating memoir - originally written entirely for the sake of the family. However, it became clear that such a valuable source of social history deserved wider circulation. The book is dedicated to a 20-year-old fellow Robinite David Nicoll (R50) The Black Watch, killed-in-action in Korea about the time Brian was taking up his own first posting.
He opens a tiny window on a forgotten era; glimpses of a way of life when there was still rationing, including sweets, and very few TV sets. National Service wrenched young men away from their families - plonking them down in strange, Spartan, environments supervised by NCOs whose sensitivity matched only the imaginative foulness of their language. Hundreds of thousands who had never travelled more than fifty miles from home were posted, with scant ceremony, to distant corners of the world
Barely a year after leaving Charterhouse, 2nd Lt Goodliffe found himself posted to 29 Field Regiment Royal Artillery, Middle East Land Forces. On reaching the Suez Canal Zone, he was seconded to Cyprus as temporary ADC to the Governor — a post of enormous responsibility. Thereafter we glimpse service in the years preceding the Suez crisis, duties sometimes interesting and exciting, often almost boring.”
Full obituary pending.
John Christopher Donne
1921 - 2017
Sir John Christopher Donne on 19 July 2017, aged 95
W OQ35 - CQ40
Junior Foundation Scholarship, School Monitor, Head of House, 1st XI Member - Cricket
His eldest daughter Jenny Chesshire wrote:
“My father was born in Brighton, where his father was senior partner in the family law firm Nye and Donne. He won a scholarship to Charterhouse where he particularly enjoyed both classics and chemistry and played cricket in the 1st Eleven. On leaving school in 1940 he volunteered to join the Army, enlisting in the Royal Artillery and eventually fighting in the hotly contested advance through the Low Countries into Germany in early 1945. It was during the War that John met and married Mary Seaton. There began a strong relationship cemented by family life and their common interests of reading, poetry, music and gardening.
On being discharged from the Army John declined to take up his place at Cambridge and instead qualified as a solicitor and joining the family firm which later amalgamated to become Donne Mileham and Haddock. He later became a senior partner in the firm, where he earned a reputation as a wise and knowledgeable lawyer.
At the same time as his demanding legal career John became involved in the National Health Service on a voluntary basis becoming Chair of the Management Committee of St Francis Hospital where he was committed to improving the conditions for mental health patients and staff alike. Friendly, impartial, and quietly formidable, his wisdom and fairness made him a natural chairman. He was successively Chairman of the Mid-Sussex Hospital Management Committee in the sixties, the South East Metropolitan Regional Board 1971-74 and its successor the South East Thames Regional Health Authority 1975-85 which was responsible for running all the hospitals in South London (excluding the teaching hospitals) and the South East of England.
He was passionate about the NHS. His approach was non-partisan. No-one ever knew what his politics were, and he always strove to prevent the politicisation of the organisations which he led. When knighted for services to the NHS in 1976 he was Chair of all the Regional Chairpersons.
Donne became a member of the International Hospital Federation in 1969 later becoming the UK’s representative. Other health-related roles held during the 1970s - 1980s included being a trustee of the health think-tanks the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust for Research and Policy Studies in Health Services, a governor of Guy’s Hospital and a member of the General Council of King Edward's Hospital Fund for London 1972-91. He was a Council Member of the Institute for Medical Ethics 1980-86, having already been on the Editorial Board of its Journal. He also participated in, and chaired, conferences on Social and Ethical Issues run by St. George’s House, at Windsor Castle and was a member of the Court of Sussex University.
Somehow in that busy life he managed to pursue his other interests. Cricket was his passion and he was a playing member of the MCC and in the early days of family life he regularly played for the Sussex Martlets. He was fascinated by the history and traditions of the City of London and enjoyed being a freeman of the City. He was introduced to the Broderers by his cousin Bill Button, a Past Master, and in 1969 became a Liveryman. He was Master in 1983-4 and remained on the Court until his death. He was delighted when his eldest daughter was one of the first women to be admitted to the Livery in 2012.
John and Mary moved from Sussex to Shropshire in 1985, John retiring a year later. He had a happy retirement having more time to pursue his various interests including gardening and genealogy. Ever keen to stretch his brain, John even took up evening classes to brush up on his Greek and, as an avid reader keen to learn and to explore new concepts and ideas, he had more time to read an always eclectic range of books. He continued in his quiet unassuming way to help people sort out their problems and to provide wise counsel and unofficial legal advice to family and friends.
Mary died in 2009 having been so compassionately cared for in her last years of illness by John. John embraced new technology and his computer became a lifeline when he was necessarily confined to the house during this time.
Unfailingly cheerful and philosophical, John was always good company, both interested and interesting, and with a sharp wit and good sense of humour. He was unfailingly kind, but despite his gentle unassuming manner he always exerted a strong core presence in any gathering. He retained his quest for knowledge, humanity and fairness right until the end. He died in Shrewsbury Hospital after a short illness. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”
George Ramsay Biggs
1945 - 2017
The Revd George Ramsay Biggs on 15 July 2017, aged 72
W OQ58 - CQ63
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Football, Editor of The Carthusian magazine
George studied Egyptology at Liverpool University, four years on the most demanding of all English Egyptology courses. He was one of four students to be awarded a studentship by the Egyptian Exploration Society to excavate at Sakkara in 1964/65, the first permitted after the Suez crisis and led by Professor Walter Emery who was highly regarded by the Egyptian government. It was a significant dig which made some important discoveries. George then moved to University College London to work towards a PhD in the same field.
His first job in the ministry was between 1974 and 1978 at Grove Park, London, before moving to St Matthew’s Church, Netley Marsh near Totton in Hampshire. In 1993, he moved across the county to St Margaret’s Church, West Wellow. Some years later a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy eventually led to his retirement in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
Antony Francis Sabin
1923 - 2017
Antony Francis Sabin on 14 July 2017, aged 93
R CQ37 - CQ41
Member - Fencing Team
Shortly before his 86th birthday Antony, who is deaf, completed a 146-mile Shakespeare’s Way Walk from Stratford-upon-Avon to London’s Globe Theatre in honour of his retired hearing dog. The walk took three weeks, averaging seven miles per day, with Branson – who suffers from bad arthritis – making occasional guest appearances. At the end Antony arrived to a fantastic reception on stage at the Globe Theatre. That was the culmination of his fourth sponsored walk in seven years, from Warwickshire to Devon, around the county boundary of Oxfordshire and through the Yorkshire Dales, which raised in excess of £35,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf people, thus enabling sponsorship of seven dogs for other people.
Antony is survived by his wife Anne and their family
Ian Dayrell Craddock
1931 - 2017
Ian Dayrell Craddock on 10 July 2017, aged 85
V OQ45 - LQ50
Pre-deceased by his wife Alison who died in 2015, he is survived by two daughters and a son, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Full obituary pending.
Gerard Francis Lies
1925 - 2017
Gerard Francis Lies in 2017, aged 91
Ulf Carol Gustaf Bjurman
1938 - 2017
Ulf Carol Gustaf Bjurman on 9 July 2017, aged 78
V LQ52 - CQ54
Ulf read law at Lund University and Total Defence Studies at the Swedish Supremem Defence College. He was an expert on risk management and worked for the Swedish Rescue Services Agency.
He lived near Stockholm and is survived by his wife Dr Monica Bjurman.
(Charles) Simon Carlisle Ladenburg
1948 - 2017
(Charles) Simon Carlisle Ladenburg on 3 July 2017, aged 68
L LQ62 - CQ66
House Monitor, Captain of Rackets, Member - Tennis Team
He qualified as an Accountant, spent many years in the wine trade, and became CEO of The Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
His grandfather started a long connection with Lockites in 1895, followed by his father John (Jack) (L29), two brothers Michael (L62) and (L70) and latterly by his three sons Oliver (L92, deceased 2016), Guy (L94) and Jack (L98). His father-in-law Hugh Merriman was in Bodeites (B27).
Full obituary pending.
Richard Sebastian Gilbert (Dickie) Scott
1923 - 2017
Richard Sebastian Gilbert (Dickie) Scott on 1 July 2017, aged 93
G OQ40 – CQ41
Father of Nicholas (G66), Uncle of Robert (G72), David (G75) and Richard (G77)
After the outbreak of WW2, he moved from Harrow to Charterhouse, where his famous architect father, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, had designed the War Memorial Chapel, completed in 1927.
Richard enrolled at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, but his studies were interrupted by war service with the 1st Airborne Squadron, Royal Engineers. While in Norway clearing minefields after the end of hostilities in 1945, he met and married his wife Eline.
After completing his training at Regent Street Polytechnic, he joined his father’s architectural practice, in due course becoming a partner and led the work to complete Liverpool Cathedral after the death of his father in 1960. He resigned when the decision was taken to radically change the original plans.
Following the faithful completion of his father's last church, Christ the King in Plymouth, his own modern style emerged in two churches he designed for the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham - Our Lady Help of Christians at Tile Cross (1967) and St Thomas More, Sheldon (1969), both of which are now listed.
He worked on commissions for the City of London Corporation for more than three decades, including the Guildhall Yard and Art Gallery.
At Charterhouse he was responsible for the design of the New Houses, Daviesites, Robinites, Pageites, Bodeites, Hodgsonites, Weekites & Lockites, which opened in 1974, along with Heywood Court and the Central Dining Rooms. A few years later he designed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Music Centre and the John Derry Technology Centre, both opened in 1980. In that same year the foundation stone of his final design, the Ben Travers Theatre, was laid on OC Day.
In retirement he moved from Sussex to Burnham Norton in Norfolk, to a family property which he restored and enlarged; standing close by is one of his father’s iconic red telephone boxes.
He enjoyed playing on the nearby course at The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster. He was a lifetime member of Old Carthusian Golfing Society and a donor to the Halford Hewitt Course, gifted to the School in 1988.
“Dickie can only be described as one of the greats of OC golf playing in over 100 Halford Hewitt matches and a strong supporter of all OCGS events, winning numerous prizes at Spring and Autumn meetings. He was also Captain and President of the Society as well as enjoying an illustrious amateur golf career.”
He is survived by his wife Eline, three daughters and a son.
See also published obituaries:
Christopher Helme Gregory
1924 - 2017
Christopher Helme Gregory on 25 June 2017, aged 93
G OQ37 - OQ42
Head of House
Half-brother of Norval Crossley (G37), uncle to Crossley brothers David (G66), John (G67) and Robert (G76).
In WWII he served with the Royal Engineers. He read Geography at Clare College, Cambridge, and in 1967 was appointed Headmaster of Dartmouth Academy in Nova Scotia, later becoming a Consultant with the Independent Schools Career Organisation.
Christopher is survived by his wife Shirley, their family Simon, Hugh, Ben and Julia and eight grandchildren.
Nicholas John Eeley
1936 - 2017
Nicholas John Eeley on 13 June 2017, aged 81
G LQ50 - CQ53
Brother of Philip (G51, deceased 2012) and Mark (G65) who lives in Australia.
Geoffrey Adams (G53) wrote: "A keen sportsman in his teens, he and his family always took winter skiing holidays and for a short time, he did ski racing training in Murren for the GB Olympic Team.
An enthusiastic member of the RAF Section at school, he joined the Royal Air Force for his National Service. In a fortunate window of opportunity, less than ten years after the end of WW2, he had the opportunity to train as a pilot. Completing the course with success, he stayed on for an additional six months of squadron service, flying Vampire jet fighters.
He then joined NM Rothschild & Sons, merchant bankers, and later went with Jacob Rothschild, becoming a Director of Global Asset Management. Always courteous and highly discreet, he handled the private funds of many distinguished clients.
Nicholas and his wife Gillian were adventurous travellers and enthusiastic concert-goers and he enjoyed his role as registrar for weddings at his local church. He was a great supporter of the annual Old Gownboy re-union dinner and attended almost every year.
A funeral Mass at The Church of St. Mary, Hampstead on 4th July 2017 was well attended by family and friends, including several OC Gownboys.
He is survived by his wife Gillian, daughter Harriet and two grandsons, Oliver and Benjamin."
Clive Antony Kemp Fenn-Smith
1933 - 2017
Clive Antony Kemp Fenn-Smith on 31 May 2017, aged 84
S CQ45 - CQ51
Head of House, School Monitor, Captain of Shooting Team
Also in Saunderites, his brother Gaynor (S46), son Oliver (S82) and nephew Charles (S75).
Clive qualified as a solicitor in 1961 and initially practised in Hampshire before being appointed as Assistant Secretary at the Law Society. He held senior appointments in the financial services sector, as Managing Director of the M&G Group Ltd, then of Barclays Unicorn. He was appointed Chairman of the Unit Trust Association.
He served as a Governor of Sutton's Hospital from 1989-1997 and as a member of the School Governing Body for nineteen years until retirement in 2002.
1939 - 2017
Pyers Pennant on 8 May 2017, aged 77
V OQ52 - OQ57
House Monitor, First Orchestra
A member of one of the oldest OC families, with seven consecutive generations of Pennant and Pearsons educated at Charterhouse, starting in 1880 in Verites. His grandfather, father, an uncle, two brothers – Christopher (V62) and David (V69) - two sons Jeremy (V83) and Donald (V84), daughter-in-law Allie (V84, nee Roynon), niece Alison (V96), and granddaughters Jemima (V2014) and Maisie (currently in V).
Pyers read Natural Science at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was a State Scholar and Exhibitioner. He qualified as a Chartered Patent Agent in 1964 and joined the London practice Stevens, Hewlett & Perkins, becoming Senior Partner of the firm until his retirement in 2000. He was also a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.
For many years he was Hon Secretary of the Old Verites Association.
Much-loved husband of Camilla, loving father of Jeremy, Donald and Jessica. Adored grandfather of Jemima, Jack, Serena, Maisie, Noah, Ned (deceased), Hugo, Leo, Yarin, Honor, Sam and Poppy.
John Robert Beaumont
1929 - 2017
John Robert Beaumont on 7 June 2017, aged 88
g CQ42 - OQ47
School Monitor, Head of Naval Section CCF
John studied Agriculture at St John’s College, Cambridge but his career was mainly in sales and marketing for various companies including Distillers, Dow Chemical, Chloride Shires and Dansk Pressalit bathroom equipment and he held several agencies and consultancies. He was an avid collector, most notably of vintage cars, but he was not selective in his collecting – and was especially pleased to have taken possession of a grand piano a few days before he died.
He was a loyal Old Carthusian who was never shy of voicing his opinion. A colourful founding member of the Old Duckites Association, his appearances at dinners and apparently impromptu speeches were always memorable.
Charles Blampied (g67) wrote: “John was in Duckites with my father Peter (g43) and would phone me from time to time. He always spoke of his time in Duckites and of my father. I will miss his calls. He was a keen supporter of the OC Yacht Club over many years, twice being Hon Secretary in the 1960s and 70s, and also a fierce guardian of the Club’s mooring on the river Beaulieu where he lived. His major contribution was to collate 70 years of history to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the club which was founded in November 1935; he produced a very comprehensive illustrated history for all members which he printed entirely at his own cost and proudly donated a copy to the School Archives.”
Durell Barnes (g47) wrote: “John was a contemporary of both my father Ted (g37) and my stepfather David Davis (g42) and a lifelong friend of both. Famously colourful and sociable, he was also notoriously quick to fly off the handle, occasionally obsessive and always opinionated. Less well known was his extraordinary patience and devotion for the people he loved. He cared for his wife Gloria tenaciously and uncomplaining for many years and in recent years wrote hilarious heart-warming letters several times a week to my stepfather, which brought a smile to his face in the sad context of his nursing home. John would probably be surprised to know that people would say he will be sadly missed.”
His wife Gloria died in 2012 and he is survived by twin daughters.
David Frederick Sadler
1928 - 2017
David Frederick Sadler on 2 May 2017, aged 88
G OQ42 - LQ45
David died peacefully at home with his family. Dearest husband of Jeanne and father to Elizabeth and Jonathan, and grandfather of David, Freddie and Dolly.
Patrick Terence Earp
1942 - 2017
Captain Patrick "Paddy" Terence Earp on 23 April 2017, aged 74
H CQ57 - LQ61
2nd VIII Shooting Team
From Sandhurst he joined the Royal Scots Greys (later R Scots Dragoon Guards), retiring from the Army in 1979. In civilian life he worked in the specialist recruitment sector as well as being a tour manager for many battlefield tours.
At Kent radio station Academy FM Thanet where he worked latterly, colleagues and listeners paid tribute to their local news reader, who died after a stroke. The Station manager said: “Paddy was a tremendous asset – he brought wisdom and humour to our news service and he was popular with all of us, because he was such a friendly and likeable guy. We’re really going to miss him, and our sympathies go to his family for their loss.”
Another presenter and trustee added: “Paddy was a big supporter of Academy FM and all the team. As one of my colleagues put it, he was like a mixture of a cuddly teddy bear and a favourite uncle.
He was a true gent who will be sorely missed by anyone who had their life enhanced by meeting him.”
Harrie Llyn Evans
1921 - 2017
Harrie Llyn Evans on 23 April 2017, aged 95
g OQ35 - CQ40
1st XI Captain - Hockey
Brother of Roy (g42, deceased 2006), uncle of Toby (V86).
Full obituary pending.
Mark Chetwynd Godson
1943 - 2017
Mark Chetwynd Godson on 20 April 2017, aged 74
V LQ57 - CQ61
1st XI Captain - Cricket, 1st XI Member - Hockey
OC relatives were his father Clement and uncle Michael, both Weekites, cousins Jeremy Gordon (V60) and Hooper brothers, Jonathan (G71) and Michael (G65, deceased 2010).
His friend Joe Ullman (W59) wrote:
“Mark's early childhood was spent at the family home in Milford, Surrey. After a successful school career during which he became Captain of Cricket in 1961 and made many lifelong friends. He became a Stockjobber in his father’s firm of Wedd Durlacher, one of the leading firms on the London Stock Exchange. After over 20 years in the City he decided to live a life in the country at his home near Winchester and for several years he ran a successful Trout Farm in the area.
He met his wife Caroline at a friend's engagement party and they married in 1970 at Kenmore Kirk on the banks of Loch Tay. After two years living in London they moved to Martyr Worthy, where in 2000 sadly Caroline died after a long fight against cancer. It was following this sad loss that Mark threw himself into family and local life.
He became very involved in the community of Winchester – as a volunteer on the support line of Alcoholics Anonymous, as a member of the Witness Service Team at Winchester Crown Court, as a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral helping in the kitchen serving lunches, and provided a listening ear at Godolphin, the local girls’ school. Later he also became a volunteer driver for Alresford Surgery.
His love of sport followed him all his life with cricket being his absolute passion. He had been a playing member of the MCC representing Surrey while being one of their Young Amateurs as an opening batsman. During the time living in London he represented Old Carthusians at Football, Cricket and Eton Fives.
Mark died peacefully at home after losing his own long fight against cancer. At his Thanksgiving Service, his daughters Jane, Sarah, Emma and Tessa described him as “an amazing father and an inspiring example to all.”
Julian Philip Lyon Taylor
1937 - 2017
Julian Philip Lyon Taylor on 6 April 2017, aged 80
L OQ50 - OQ54
3rd XI Member - Cricket
Father of Rupert (W95) and Justin (W01).
Full obituary pending.
Myles Grosvenor Varcoe
1933 - 2017
Myles Grosvenor Varcoe on 6 April 2017, aged 84
g OQ46 - LQ51
School Monitor, 1st XI Member - Football, Cricket and Hockey
His father and uncle were Duckites in the 1920s, also son Charles (g76). Myles was the cousin of Jeremy Varcoe (g56) and Robert Coombes (W54).
Full obituary pending.
Richard Paul Hyde Dunnill
1945 - 2017
Dr Richard Paul Hyde Dunnill MBBS FFARCS MRCS LRCP on 5 April 2017, aged 71
V LQ59 - CQ63
House Monitor, Concert Band, Choir Member
Terence Paget Fidgeon
1930 - 2017
Dr Terence (Terry) Paget Fidgeon on 16 March 2017, aged 87
L OQ43 - OQ48
Captain of Lawn Tennis, Head of Choir
Obituary published by his family in The Vancouver Sun:
“Terry was born in Potter's Bar, England and lived his early years with his parents and older sisters. At Charterhouse he was Head of Choir, which ignited his life-long love of singing and music.
His education led him to medical school at St. Thomas Hospital in London where he met Wendy, a fellow medical student. It was love at first sight and an almost 63-year marriage followed, filled with family, work, travel and adventures. Life was never the same for Terry after Wendy died in April 2015. They had four children (Heather, Cath, Mike and Tessa) and practiced medicine in England until Terry reached Head of the practice and an itch for more challenge. Not fans of drawn out decisions, in 1966 they packed up the kids and the dog and took a cruise ship through the Panama Canal to settle on Panorama Ridge in Surrey, British Columbia.
Along with fellow British doctors, Terry established a busy medical practice where he did everything from delivering babies to running the Emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
In addition to his busy medical practice, Terry tended a thriving vegetable garden and spent many a weekend digging flower gardens for Wendy and repairing fences broken by unruly ponies. There were many gatherings and parties with the neighbours, who became steadfast and life-long friends.
Terry was very proud of his four children, eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He loved regular visits and dinners with them and took great interest in their lives. He suffered the great loss of his granddaughter Sarah in March 2005, at the age of 20, but was so pleased to meet his newest great-granddaughter, Annabel Wendy, born just a week before he died.
Terry was the consummate gentleman with a big personality and bigger voice that filled the room with interesting conversation and often-irreverent jokes. His interest in people and chivalrous personality drew people to him. He had a way to make everyone feel special in his presence. For this, he was very much loved, and will be profoundly missed.”
Christopher Donald Turner Jones
1933 - 2017
Christopher Donald Turner Jones on 7 March 2017, aged 83
P OQ46 - CQ50
He was the second son of Cyril Jones (L1911) and outlived his younger brother John (P53, deceased 1980). His elder brother Richard (P50) died in December 2017.
From School he went to Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry and then Newton Rigg Farm Institute before farming in north Yorkshire at Kirby Hall, Ouseburn.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, daughter Margaret, son Michael, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John Alun Emlyn-Jones
1923 - 2017
John Alun Emlyn-Jones OBE on 7 March 2017, aged 94
R OQ36 - OQ39
By permission of his son-in-law Mark Farrall (first published in The Guardian 10/5/2017)
"My father-in-law, Alun, was born into a family with a rags-to-riches story. His grandfather, Evan Jones, had arrived in Cardiff a farmhand and a monoglot Welsh speaker. By the time of Alun's birth, his father Emlyn was a Liberal MP and owner of a Cardiff shipping line, but half the company's assets were seized b Franco after the family backed the republicans in the Spanish civil war. His father's response to that loss- "That, my boy, is the price of principle" - influenced Alun's work through the rest of his life, as a Liberal candidate, chair of Cardiff Magistrates Association, NSPCC president and chair of many other voluntary committees. Well into his 80s he was sleeping on the streets to raise funds for homeless people. Alun was born in Cardiff, son of Emlyn and his wife Rhoda. As a wartime bomb-aimer (nicknamed "Gremlin") he beat not only the high casualty rate, but missed a training flight on which the rest of crew were killed at Garrowby Hill in Yorkshire. In 1998 he established a memorial where the crew are honoured every Remembrance Sunday. In 1949 Alun saw Prue James dance in Babes in the Wood at Cardiff New Theatre. They were married months later. Alun exhibited his father's charm but none of his business acumen. In his jobs as a sales rep he would buy his own carbon paper or hundreds-and-thousands to boost his figures, but his 1950s idea for Ready-Kleen vegetables, sold peeled and prepped, was ahead of its time.
Alun became involved in alcohol services after the death of his sister Inez to drink, and established the South Wales Council on Alcohol in 1965. In 1967 Prue died of a brain haemorrhage when their youngest daughter, Lucy (my wife) was four. Alun experienced severe alcohol problems himself but went on to found several rehabilitation units in south Wales and was appointed OBE in 1976. His idea for a unit on the Bristol Channel island of Flat Holm generated local headlines referring to Alco-traz. Throughout his life, Alun remained very much at the centre of an extended family network.
He is survived by his second wife Julie, whom he married in 1983, four daughters, Judy, Rhoda, Mandy and Lucy, from his first marriage, and three grandsons."
Geoffrey William Rowlands
1927 - 2017
Geoffrey William Rowlands on 6 March 2017, aged 89
R OQ40 - CQ46
Head of House, Sutton Prizewinner
Brother of John (R43, deceased 2004).
He read History at Hertford College, Oxford, and qualified as a solicitor.
Beloved husband of Gill and much loved father of Nick and Jamie. Gradnfather of Poppy, Benji and Tom.
Giles Leslie Powell
1949 - 2017
Giles Leslie Powell on 6 March 2017, aged 67
R CQ63 - CQ67
His grandfather and an uncle were both in Weekites.
His career was in insurance broking.
His widow Harriet wrote: "Giles developed many complications after a fall and sadly never recovered." He leaves sons Edward and Oliver, and sister Gabi.
David Henry Arthur Hall
1950 - 2017
David Henry Arthur Hall on 26 February 2017, aged 66
V LQ64 - CQ68
Monitor, Member - Sailing Club and Beerbohm Society, Distinction prizes - Classics and Mathematics
His father was in Hodgsonites, his elder brother and a nephew were in Verites – Christopher (V60) and Peter (V99).
David died at home surrounded by his family and beloved dogs; husband of Louise, father to Anna and Melissa, a loved grandfather.
Friend and former neighbour John Squire (G72) wrote:
“David had been unwell for some time but had borne his illness with great dignity and courage. He was a real character, and will be much missed by his family and many friends.”
Michael George Temple Willis
1933 - 2017
Michael George Temple Willis on 15 February 2017, aged 83
S OQ47 - LQ50
House Monitor, House Hockey, Football and Fives, Member - Sailing Team
Father of Rebecca (S79), Simon (S80), Fenella (S83), Michela (S87).
His daughter Rebecca wrote:
"Michael joined the army immediately after he left Charterhouse and became a Royal Engineer. He spent 18 months at Sandhurst, passing out second in his cohort, and just managed to complete an engineering degree at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, in two years instead of the usual three. He resigned his commission in 1957 and joined Dexion (then Bovis) where he remained for a decade before co-founding Planned Warehousing, an industrial management and building construction firm. He ran PW, which was eventually sold to Deloitte, until he retired.
In 1960 he married Claire (nee Salisbury), and they had four children, all of whom followed him into Saunderites. Under “interests” on his CV, the first thing he listed was “family” and he was a devoted husband and father. He lived at Seale, near Farnham, and was a mainstay of his community and a true practical Christian - a kind, altruistic and generous man. He died from Alzheimer’s disease and is greatly missed."
David Archibald Evelyn Lyle
1930 - 2017
David Archibald Evelyn Lyle on 8 February 2017, aged 86
D CQ44 - CQ48
House Monitor, 3rd XI Member - Football
The youngest of 3 Daviesites brothers Robert (D40, deceased 2008) and Guy (D43, deceased 2008)), two sons also followed into the House, James (D79) and Robert (D80).
Survived by his wife Tania, sons James, Robert and Edward and stepfather to Richard, Charles, Arabella and the late Jonno.
Full obituary pending.
Clifden Robert Crockett
1922 - 2017
Clifden Robert Crockett on 5 February 2017, aged 94
H OQ35 - CQ40
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, Head of House
His younger brother David (H41) died in 2009.
He is survived by two sons, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney
1930 - 2017
The Right Reverend Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney on 3 February 2017, aged 86
G CQ44 - OQ48
1st XI Captain - Football, Head of House
His grandfather was in Hodgsonites, then his father Humphrey went to Gownboys (G17), as did brother Christopher (G52), sons Timothy (G77) and David (G84), and also nephews Charles (G87) and Henry (G89).
His family wrote:
The Right Reverend Michael Whinney became Bishop of Southwell in 1985 having previously been suffragan Bishop of Aston in Birmingham diocese.
After three years in the Nottinghamshire diocese, the effects of past injuries returned and lead to his early retirement.
A 12-month sabbatical enabled him to resume his episcopal ministry in Birmingham, where he became a full-time assistant bishop until 1996.
This suited his gifts well. A great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Whinney inherited something of his ancestor's social concern for the inner-city and two decades of immersion in Bermondsey and Southwark had provided him with a deep knowledge of South London's inherited problems and their continuing challenge to the church.
Michael was born in Chelsea on July 8 1930. He left Charterhouse in 1948 to take a National Service commission in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Surrey Regiment. This completed, he joined as a trainee, a family firm of accountants founded in the mid-Victorian era.
Evangelical influence intervened, however, and he left in 1952 to prepare for Holy Orders. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he read History and Theology, before completing his training at Ridley Hall. He played football at Pembroke and captained the college side.
From 1957 to 1960 Whinney was a curate at Rainham in Essex during which time he met and, in 1958, married Veronica Webster, with whom he shared his life for the next 58 years.
He then became head of the Cambridge University Mission Settlement in Bermondsey. This had been founded in 1907 as a medical centre and also to minister to deprived young people living in the slums.
By the time Whinney arrived, the traditional terraced housing had been largely replaced by high-rise flats which presented different social problems, but Whinney continued the tradition of working especially among young people – for which he had considerable flair.
On completion of a seven-year stint at the Settlement, he became Vicar of the neighbouring parishes of St James with Christchurch, thus widening his responsibilities and influence. This was one of the happiest and most fulfilling periods of his whole ministry. His heart was in the inner city with both young and old, but, above all, with the young people in his youth clubs. He established a football team, and used to take them on walking holidays in North Wales. He remained in touch with some of them for the rest of his life.
In 1973, Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, who had a gift for assembling a team of colleagues of varied gifts and backgrounds, appointed Michael as Borough Dean and Archdeacon of Southwark. In this post, he revealed not only his administrative competence, but also an exemplary gift for the care of clergy and their families, as well as a capacity for making contacts with civic authorities and other agencies.
Nine years later, his experience and expertise in urban ministry led to his appointment as Bishop of Aston with a remit to tackle the problems for the Church created by Birmingham's fast-changing social and racial make-up. The deployment of clergy in teams and the integration of mission and social work was seen as the appropriate response. Yet hardly had this got under way when in 1985 he was asked to move to the leadership of Southwell. The problems of Nottingham were similar to those of Birmingham, albeit on a smaller scale, but the coalfield area, enjoying what turned out to be only a brief period of prosperity, offered different challenges. Whinney had time only to initiate new approaches to these and other issues before health problems ended his enterprise. A sabbatical year followed, spent mainly at the General Theological Seminary in New York, where he took a Master in Theology degree.
On his return to Britain at the end of 1988, Whinney accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Santer, to join him as a full-time stipendiary assistant bishop. He was thus able to resume his urban ministry, and with great success support the parish and specialist clergy, as well as contribute to diocesan policy. He was a Canon Residentiary of the cathedral from 1992 to 1996.
Whinney remained in Birmingham after his retirement and continued to give valued assistance in the diocese. He also continued and developed his work as a Myers-Briggs practitioner. His expertise in this approach to human personality, and inter-personal relationships, enabled clergy and others to gain greater self-understanding and insight, and so to enrich their work. A high point for Michael's ministry in retirement was his year (2005-06) as Archbishop's Commissary for the diocese of Birmingham, between the departure of Bishop Sentamu for York, and the arrival of Bishop David Urquhart.
He treasured his ancestry as a great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, and as such was a stalwart participant in Dickens family gatherings. He became vice-president of the Dickens Fellowship in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica, and by two sons and a daughter (Tim, Kathryn and David).
Richard Ross Forbes Cassidy
1920 - 2017
Richard Ross Forbes Cassidy on 2 January 2017, aged 97
S OQ33 - CQ38
House Monitor, Captain of Boxing, Leech Prizewinner, Swallows Cricket
Full obituary pending.
Nigel Justin Kempner
1956 - 2017
Nigel Justin Kempner on 31 January 2017, aged 60
G LQ70 - CQ74
Captain of Fives, 2nd XI Member - Hockey and Football, Member - Squash Team
Member of the Governing Body and Chairman
Father of Natasha (G 2012), uncle to Patrick Alexander (V2007), Jamie (V2009) and Emily (G18).
Nigel served on the School’s Governing Body from 2007 and spearheaded the 21st Century Development Programme. Shortly after taking up his appointment as Chairman in January 2017, shocking news arrived of his sudden death whilst on holiday in South Africa. Andrew Turner, the Acting Headmaster, announced with great sadness: “Nigel was a proud and loyal Old Carthusian who gave an enormous amount of time to the School and for which we owe a huge debt of gratitude. He will be greatly missed by his many friends among the OC and wider School community.”
His funeral took place on 9 March 2017 at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Henley-on-Thames, near to where Nigel had grown up and later lived with his wife Rosalind and their daughter Natasha. The Charterhouse Chaplain, Revd Clive Case, and members of the School choir participated in the service In the Eulogy delivered to a packed congregation, friend Roger Smee MBE said: “Nigel was a charming, intelligent, warm and loyal friend. There are so many here today who understand what I mean. In whatever he did, Nigel always set himself the highest personal standards. He was the perfect gentleman in everything he did. Not surprisingly, he retained a huge sense of responsibility towards any organisation he supported. If Nigel was on board, things were done properly. He always demonstrated the highest standards of business and life ethic, such standards were the basis for anything he involved himself with.”
Nigel’s flourishing business life included several takeovers as he repeatedly and accurately called the top of the market. His first success was selling Randsworth Trust to JMB Realty. He soon started again with Benchmark plc which he sold to GE Real Estate and having done so, he formed Grafton Estates which provided asset management services to Benchmark and Welput (part of Welcome Trust plc). When Grafton was, in turn, sold to Quintain plc in 2011, Nigel joined the board of Quintain and was, once more, involved in its sale to Lonestar in 2016.
Among other organisations with which he had a close involvement were Westminster Property Owners Association, firstly as a member and later as Chairman of the Board. He was also a founding member and first Chairman of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, a registered charity which enables alumni to assist and mentor youngsters into the profession. Nigel’s commitment and enthusiasm over many years is acknowledged as pivotal to RREF becoming the recognised industry force it is today.
A great supporter of City history and traditions, Nigel became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, rising through the ranks to be, in his own words, “honoured and privileged” to serve as Master in 2015, presiding over a highly successful fundraising year. Through his involvement, the Company came to rent office space in Old Charterhouse and hold functions in the Great Hall, so contributing additional income to Sutton’s Hospital.
Competitive sport and its camaraderie was another of Nigel’s great enthusiasms. He was a member of the MCC and Queen’s Club and for a decade was a Senior Vice President at Chelsea Football Club. He played squash vigorously and golf regularly at a number of prestigious clubs and as a member of OC Golfing Society and President of the Estates Golf Society.
Favourite cultural pursuits were opera and ballet - Nigel’s interest originally inspired by his aunt, Dame Alicia Markova, the English prima ballerina. The Kempners thoroughly enjoyed international travel and relished gourmet cuisines worldwide. At home too, they were excellent and popular hosts, enhanced by Nigel’s reputation as a brilliant raconteur.
Nigel and Rosalind shared 25 steadfast years of marriage. He was particularly delighted that Natasha was able to follow him to Gownboys. Devoted to them both, he took great pleasure and pride in their accomplishments and achievements. His passing is an inestimable loss for them and extended family.
Simon Kitching (D80), a Governor of Sutton’s Hospital, added: “Nigel was a very generous man, always thinking about others - and never more so than if they were Old Carthusians. I met him through OC football when I was 18 and Nigel at 25 was already established in his career. He generously invited me to his office to share his views on the market and very kindly helped me with some early deal introductions.
In 2001 we set up the OC Property Club, with Nigel using his influence to persuade prominent OC property figures to attend an inaugural lunch. Club numbers quickly grew and continue to thrive today. He was always happy to give a light-hearted overview of the market and, in later years, would link his speech to his role as a member of the Governing Body to keep us informed of what was happening at our alma mater, keen to assist in whatever way possible to further the Charterhouse cause.
My lasting memory of Nigel is his beaming smile and the fact that he never spoke ill of anyone. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.”
Richard James Lea Watson
1928 - 2017
Richard James Lea Watson on 26 January 2017, aged 88
D OQ42 - LQ47
Foundation Scholarship, House Monitor
He went up to Clare College, Cambridge, with a scholarship to read Modern Languages. His career was spent in the construction sector where he held senior appointments in a number of large buildingn supply companies.
Richard had been resident in a care home for some time and is survived by his wife Daphne and their family.
David Henry Ashwin
1935 - 2017
David Henry Ashwin on 24 January 2017, aged 81
S OQ49 - CQ51
Thomas Marshall Alven Upfill-Brown
1930 - 2017
Thomas Marshall Alven Upfill-Brown on 24 January 2017, aged 86
L OQ43 - OQ47
House Monitor, Member - Boxing Team
Tom went to Witwatersrand University to study History and then joined Africa Union Corporation, a South African gold mining house, where he worked for two years. Following National Service, he then gained a DipEd from Durham University and afterwards taught at Cottesmore Preparatory School in West Sussex for a decade. He decided on a change of career and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1971, proceeding to work for estate agents Jarvis & Co in Sussex for twenty-five years and thereafter as an independent practitioner. He served as Master of the Cordwainers Livery Company 1993-94.
Michael John Rimell
1926 - 2017
Michael John Rimell on 20 January 2017, aged 90
W OQ40 - LQ45
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, Head of House, Captain of Football, Captain of Fives, 1st XI Member - Cricket
His father had been in Verites and his younger brother Anthony followed Michael into Weekites (W46, deceased 2007).
Michael went to Trinity College, Oxford.
Full obituary pending.
Roger Noel Price Griffiths
1931 - 2017
Brooke Hall 1956 - 1964
Roger Noel Price Griffiths on 17 January 2017, aged 85
Brooke Hall OQ56 – CQ64
Roger Griffiths went to school at Lancing College; after gaining a degree in modern languages at King’s College Cambridge he studied at New College Oxford – where, after some confusion, he passed his Diploma in Education with honours. While he was in Paris studying for a PhD, Brian Young [qv] approached him to ask if he would consider teaching Vth-form French at Charterhouse for the year beginning OQ 56. Roger returned to England for an interview, finding that he and Young had many friends in common from their time at King’s. Once he had received a letter confirming his appointment, Roger dropped the PhD so that the remainder of his time in Paris could be enjoyed most fully: theatre, concerts and fine dining!
Housekeeper Peg Horsfall looked after him and six others in the bachelor pad that was Bernina; they were known affectionately by the boys as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Lifelong friends were made here: Leonard Halcrow, Peter Gardiner, Tony Day and Dick Crawford amongst many others.
Within six weeks Roger was co-producing the School play, running the Modern Language Society and helping with the careers advice programme as well as teaching VIth-form French and some basic German for the beginners.
At the start of LQ 57 he was asked to be House Tutor of Saunderites with the remarkable Eric Harrison as Housemaster. Roger loved Brooke Hall, recalling recently (with his memory as sharp as ever) that three-course dinners with unlimited wine cost only 5 shillings, with port at 2 shillings a glass.
In October 1958, with the help of Leonard Halcrow, Roger went to a specialist dealer in South Kensington to buy his first car: a 1933 Park Ward 20/25 saloon in black, complete with bulb horn – a car he had been dreaming about since he was a boy at Lancing. With the help of Tony Day he learned to drive. This was a source of much amusement to the boys, who spotted a note in the gossip column of The Daily Express: ‘Seen on a quiet Surrey by-road – an otherwise distinguished Rolls Royce bearing L-plates. Is this a record?’
In 1958 Roger suffered from Bell’s Palsy as a result of an over-loaded work schedule – though his bachelor colleagues decided unanimously that he had lockjaw because he talked so much! He took up residence in Great Comp for the whole of CQ, where he continued to teach the VIth-formers – becoming something of a legend as a stream of trainee nurses from St Thomas’s Hospital came to visit in order to study The Case with Bell’s Palsy.
His hashroom adjoined that of ARB Fuller – affectionately known as Fats Fuller. They became close friends – Roger often covering for Fats when he had to leave for London to look after his elderly mother. It was Fats who encouraged him to have ‘a serious outside interest’ and so introduced him to The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers: he was admitted as a Freeman some years later, and became Master in 1990. This gave him many years of great pleasure, meeting people and enjoying many fabulous dinner parties.
Roger put his spare enthusiasm and energies into producing and acting in many plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest (as Algernon), Blithe Spirit (as Charles), 1066 and All That (written by WC Sellar – BH 1932-51, Housemaster of Daviesites 1939-51), Dick Whittington Comes to Charterhouse (written by Peter Gardiner) and Henry IV a rehearsal of which the Duke of Edinburgh watched during a visit to the School; he also translated a couple of French plays, in one of which Alastair Sawday (V 63) featured.
In 1958 he was elected Secretary of Brooke Hall, a position which he enjoyed immensely – planning dinners, stocking the wine cellar and in so doing discovering a stash of pre-war vintage port which had been purchased as an investment for the School. When Roger was not entertaining at School, he played bowls for Wales at Llandrindod Wells where he won his first tournament. He also played for Surrey.
Later in the same year he was asked to apply for a Fulbright Exchange Scholarship, to teach for a year in America. He crossed on the Queen Mary, along with 107 other exchange teachers, and taught at Pomfret, an independent school in Connecticut: another adventure and a catalogue of parties, friends, plays, concerts and extensive travel. Roger’s magnetic personality meant that he made lifelong friends wherever he went.
In 1963 it was suggested that he should put in for the headmastership of Hurstpierpoint College – so, with the approval of Brian Young and two others, he applied. In the meantime, Brian had encouraged Roger to sit in on his O-level Italian classes so that he could take them over in the following year. He had also put him in for the exam – something he only found out when a pupil told him that he was first on the list for the oral: “I thought it would be good for you, Roger – and, when you pass, you will almost certainly be the only member of HMC with an O-level. You will be the youngest member, and they will all be School Certificate men.”
Roger’s last few days at Charterhouse were full of farewell parties, culminating in a splendid dinner in Brooke Hall. He had loved seven wonderful years in this great School – made friends for life, taught delightful pupils and learnt a great deal about schoolmastering.
In 1964 Roger began his 22½ years as Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College. Here he met and married his adored wife Diana, with whom he had three daughters: Elizabeth, Helen and Caroline. Here too his tireless energy to bring the School forward and with a secured future was endless. He loved the job passionately each and every day. He became governor of many schools – a job he took very seriously.
In 1985 he retired as Headmaster and became Secretary of HMC – helping it to develop into the modern, accessible, approachable organisation that it is today: a powerful voice in the world of education. In 11 years he visited 209 out of its 240 schools.
Roger retired in 1997. He continued to be a governor of the Prebendal School and Worth Abbey; he became a guide and a steward in Chichester Cathedral, a guide in Petworth House and Pallant House. He enjoyed the culture that the Chichester Festival Theatre provided on a regular basis, and he was treasurer to Cocking Parish Council for over 10 years.
Roger passed peacefully away. He was much loved by all who knew him, especially his family – and will be missed daily.
John Leitch Colmere Pearce
1918 - 2017
John Leitch Colmere Pearce MBE on 12 January 2017, aged 98
H OQ32 - CQ36
1st XI Member - Cricket
He was born in Hong Kong and lived there most of his life. He joined the board of trading company Hutchison International in which his father had acquired a controlling interest in 1917.
In WWII he served as Major in the Royal Artillery manning anti-aircraft guns, but was captured when Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese in 1941. His father was killed in the fighting. In 1942 he managed to escaped from Sham Shi Po camp, with three others through a sewage tunnel; he later returned as an Intelligence Officer with the British Army Aid Group, behind Japanese lines helping prisoners of war to escape from Japanese camps, for which he was appointed MBE (Military).
Horse racing was a lifelong passion and he owned and bred a string of successful horses, although never achieving his ultimate ambition to have a Derby winner.
He died at home in Newmarket; he was unmarried and is survived by his niece Daphne, and three great-nephews.
A copy of the full obituary from Daily Telegraph is available
Archibald Percy Norman
1912 - 2016
Dr Archibald Percy Norman MBE on 20 December 2016, aged 104
B OQ26 - CQ31
Member - Boxing and Cross Country Teams
Four of his five sons are OCs Duncan (B70), Archie (B71), George (B74) and Donald (R78) also a grand-daughter Francesca (B09)
His wife Betty died in April 2017 and he is survived by their sons and seven grandchildren.
believed to be the oldest surviving Old Carthusian at that time
Dr Norman’s Reflections were published in The OC issue 2014 (page 77):
First published in The OC May 2016
Randle Philip Ralph Darwall-Smith
1952 - 2016
Randle Philip Ralph Darwall-Smith on 16 December 2016, aged 64
G CQ65 - CQ69
House Monitor, 1st Orchestra, Corporal CCF
His brother Robin wrote:
“Philip worked variously as a preparatory schoolmaster at The Wick and Parkfield, Haywards Heath, St Wilfrid's, Seaford and King's House, Richmond and thereafter as a merchant banker. He was elected Chairman of the Carthusian Trust in May 2000 and served in that capacity until his resignation in June 2004, continuing as a Trustee until 2008.
He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2016, and faced his illness with great courage. His father Randle was at Charterhouse (V32), as were his four brothers Antony (G60), Simon (G 64), Jonathan (G67) and Robin (G81). Philip was married twice and leaves a daughter, Daisy, by his first marriage and a son, William, and a daughter, Prudence, by his second.”
Caroline Sarah Tason
1965 - 2016
Caroline Sarah Tason (nee Dobson) on 31 December 2016, aged 51
S OQ82 - CQ84
House Monitor, Member - Lawn Tennis Team and Girls' Cricket Team, Ivor Gibson Prizewinner
Brother Simon (S81) was also a Saunderite.
Beloved wife of John and loving mother to Indra. Much loved daughter of the late Dr John Dobson (Godalming GP) and Sheila Dobson. Sister, niece, sister-in-law and friend to many.
George Edward Alexander Barker
1935 - 2016
George (Ted) Edward Alexander Barker on 9 December 2016, aged 81
V OQ48 - CQ53
Three of his family followed him to Verites - James (V76), David (V83) and Annie-Lou (Mrs Oulton) (V77); father-in-law of the late Christopher Oulton (W77) and grandfather of Oulton children Harry (W05), Rosanna (W06) and Charles (W09) .
He also leaves his wife Ruth, to whom he was married for 59 years, and another daughter Sarah.
Peter Waldegrave Stokes
1925 - 2016
Peter Waldegrave Stokes in 2016, aged 91
W OQ38 - CQ42
Member - Shooting Team
Other Stokes family members in Weekites include Peter"s father, four uncles and cousins David (W45) and Tom Walker (W49).
Full obituary pending.
Ian Mascall Grimsdale
1924 - 2016
Ian Mascall Grimsdale in 2016, aged 92
W OQ37 - LQ42
James Michael Leathes Prior
1927 - 2016
Lord James Michael Leathes Prior, Baron PC on 12 December 2016 aged 89
Head of House, 1st XI Cricket, 2nd XI Football
His older brother The Revd John Prior (D32), died in 2009; his eldest son is David (S72).
At Pembroke College, Cambridge he studied Agriculture and Estate Management, gaining a First. National Service was spent as an officer in the Royal Norfolk Regiment of the British Army, serving in Germany and India.
Widely known as “Jim”, he became a land agent and farmer in Suffolk. He spent almost thirty years in the House of Commons, serving as a cabinet minister for nine. He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament representing Lowestoft on his first attempt in 1959. In 1983, when the constituency was abolished and renamed Waveney, he continued for a further four years.
Whilst in Opposition he worked as PPS to Edward Heath and later served in two Conservative Cabinets. He was appointed by Heath as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1970 and then as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council 1972-1974. He was one of several unsuccessful candidates in the Conservative Party's 1975 leadership election. During Margaret Thatcher’s administration he was Secretary of State for Employment 1979-1981 and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1981-1984.
After standing down from the House of Commons in 1987 he was created a life peer as Baron Prior of Brampton in the County of Suffolk. He became chairman of GEC, remaining in post until 1998, also holding appointments on other company boards and serving on various industrial, educational and charitable organisations.
He acknowledged the influence on his political beliefs of Robert Birley, his House Master and Head Master (1935-1947). Contemporary in Saunderites with novelist Simon Raven (S45), Jim Prior appears under pseudonym in his novel Alms for Oblivion as the character Peter Morrison MP.
His memoirs, A Balance of Power, were published in 1986.
His wife Jane, whom he married in 1954, died in 2015; their three sons and a daughter survive him.
Jonathan Andrew Leitch
1932 - 2016
Jonathan Andrew Leitch in 2016, aged 84
L OQ45 - OQ48
Jonathan graduated in 1957 from Cranfield Institute of Technology with an MSc in Production Engineering and Economics. He joined British Aerospace, becoming Deputy Managing Director of the Dynamics Division in Stevenage and was appointed OBE in 1988 for services to the industry. He retired the following year.
David Noad Cray
1937 - 2016
David Noad Cray on 22 November 2016, aged 79
S LQ51 - CQ56
School Monitor, Captain of Athletics
Younger brother of John (S52) and uncle of Jonathan (S82)
His brother wrote:
“From a farming family, he studied at Reading and Leeds Universities and then went to North Cornwall where he farmed cattle and sheep for the rest of his life. He won a Nuffield Scholarship in 1974, travelling to study the wintering of beef cattle and sheep in high rainfall areas. He was appointed to the Governing Body of the Ministry of Agriculture Experimental Farm at Liscombe on Exmoor which concerned itself with the farming of livestock in the more challenging areas of the country. In 1988 he became President of the British Grassland Society. In 1991 he was made an Associate and subsequently was granted the Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 1995, in recognition of outstanding service to, and achievements within, the agricultural industry. Also in 1995 the British Grassland Society gave him their award for his outstanding contribution to grassland farming.
He is survived by his wife Diana, a daughter, a son and a grand-daughter.”
1963 - 2016
Mark Fitzherbert on 21 November 2016, aged 53
R CQ76 - CQ79
Younger brother of Nicholas (R75, deceased 2018) and Ivan (R76), uncle to Frederic (R10) and Archie (R12).
David Elphinstone Stone
1922 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1947 - 1956
David Elphinstone Stone on 12 November 2016, aged 94
Brooke Hall LQ47 – LQ56
First printed in The Carthusian 2017:
The first orchestral piece the red-haired 11-year-old me ever played was Swan Lake, arranged by David Stone; the first orchestral piece my daughter ever played was a Stone arrangement; I bet David’s arrangements will appear again when my hoped-for grandchildren…well, you get the idea! When David was Head of Strings at Charterhouse he noticed the dearth of suitable repertoire for school orchestras, and started making simplified arrangements of the classics, producing in due course over one-hundred. These famous arrangements are ‘meat and drink’ in schools the world over – and, to the untutored ear, they sound virtually identical to the originals.
I became reacquainted with David’s compositions when I started teaching in the 1980s and used them frequently in my teaching. You can imagine my delight when I found on coming to Charterhouse that not only was he a predecessor of mine, but that David was living in Godalming and attending concerts here regularly. I still treasure the encouraging letters (in his typically spidery hand) he would sometimes send after these performances.
David studied at the Royal Academy of Music, serving as an ARP warden during the blitz. His studies were interrupted by a commission into the Royal Corps of Signals with which he took part in the D-Day landings. After the war he continued at the RAM with a composition scholarship, and won many prizes. In 1947 he married Margaret and started work at Charterhouse after a tip-off about the job from Reginald Thatcher (Warden, then Vice-Principal, then Principal of the RAM 1944-55), who had been Director of Music here (1919-27).
David’s timetable at Charterhouse allowed him to play frequently in the London orchestras and to study part time at the University of London, gaining his BMus in 1949. The 1954 report by HM Inspectors noted, ‘the violin teacher is thrice gifted, as a performer, composer, and teacher... the second orchestra and string ensemble classes show fine evidence of his work.’ David began with fifteen pupils, but augmented this by offering lessons for groups of beginners on Sunday mornings. One of these boys ended up by playing in a performance of Dvorák’s Piano Quintet in his last year – an extraordinary achievement. One of David’s most amusing memories of his time here was when, at his first orchestra rehearsal, he asked the orchestra to tune up, but found that instead of an oboe A, he was greeted by a strange whining sound in front of him. He looked up to find a member of Brooke Hall (Jack Wright) who, having had to give up the oboe due to a throat condition, was brandishing an accordion instead!
In 1956 David left Charterhouse and started at the BBC – beginning with the Home Service and then moving to the Third Programme, becoming senior producer of chamber music and recitals. He continued to live in Godalming, working on his arrangements on the train-commute, and conducting the Godalming Operatic Society from 1958 to 1962. However, David became frustrated by the the pre-eminent position in the BBC of avant-garde music, and the one-sided stance of influential people in the corporation such as the notorious Hans Keller. Eventually, in 1969, David returned to music education and took up the post of Director of Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. It was described as a ‘happy place’ under his leadership, and he was in his element, planning, teaching, coaching and directing many notable performances. David was instrumental in planning the new building, which opened after his retirement in the 1980s.
After his retirement, David conducted, coached and adjudicated all over the world, became an Associated Board examiner and continued to receive major commissions for compositions. A notable premiere in recent years was The Dragon (for brass band and narrator) which was conducted by DGW and performed by Godalming Band and Penelope Keith; another was of his Nocturne for two pianos and eight hands, which was premiered on the South Bank in 2014.
In 2007 – to commemorate the 60th anniversary of David’s joining Brooke Hall – the School, with funding from the Carthusian Society, commissioned him to write a string quartet. The 4th Quartet was the result, and it immediately attracted international attention. The piece is perfect for the needs of young players, and we look forward resurrecting it later in 2017.
David was passionate about music education and continued writing compositions for young people – for which he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary – right to the end of his life. He was a man of integrity and wisdom, and was a great encourager. Like many notable musicians, he was disarmingly modest and unassuming; in short, he was a true gentleman. The ripples from his generous and productive life will continue to be felt for a great many years to come – probably in perpetuity. He is survived by his wife Margaret, his daughter Lucy, and three grandchildren.
John Parsons (BH 1992 - 2018)
Brian Walter Mark Young
1922 - 2016
Headmaster 1952 - 1964
Sir Brian Walter Mark Young on 11 November 2016, aged 94
Headmaster OQ52 – CQ64
First published in The Carthusian 2016:
After Sir Robert Birley resigned in 1947 as Headmaster to engage in the re-building of the education system in Germany, the Charterhouse Governors appointed George Turner, the retiring Headmaster of Marlborough – a safe pair of hands in the immediate post-war period. But in 1952 they felt the time was right for a rather bolder appointment when they chose Brian Young, then aged 29 and junior to virtually the entire teaching staff he was going to manage. This proved to be no impediment for a man of remarkable calibre, who had shown considerable promise as a schoolmaster of many talents in his first teaching job at Eton, following his war service in the Royal Navy and his degree course at King’s Cambridge, in which he gained a First in classics.
As a man of immense erudition he taught English, Italian and mathematics as well as classics. He regarded teaching as an opportunity to share his enthusiasms. His dynamic approach to learning promoted interest and engagement in pupils with consummate success. He was a reforming Headmaster, who removed any stigma that the pursuit of academic excellence had carried in philistine pupils and, in a few cases, their housemasters. He reformed the houses by appointing more enlightened housemasters, when vacancies occurred – and he modernised the academic side of the School by appointing excellent teachers.
Until 1957 he continued the tradition that the Headmaster was also the Housemaster of Saunderites, where he impressed pupils and parents through his ability to run both the School and the House, as he had a clear perception of the abilities of all his boys. He would go round every evening with a monitor, visiting each boy’s cube in turn to exchange a few words. Boys in Saunderites felt privileged as they were able to get to know their Headmaster better than boys in other houses.
He startled members of Brooke Hall one day with the statement that he had to sack an incompetent housemaster, as a preface to announcing that the time had come to terminate his dual existence of Headmaster and Housemaster, and that the latter responsibility was to pass into the hands of Eric Harrison, a chemistry master. This was an example of his sense of humour and self-irony. Another, recounted by a pupil, concerns a caricature of him that appeared, early in his time as Headmaster, in The Carthusian on which he commented in Final Calling-Over: “I’ve noticed there is a drawing at the end of this Quarter’s school magazine. It has some resemblance to me. I hope you will not get, like me, any nightmares. Have wonderful holidays!”
Having been a distinguished athlete at Cambridge, he encouraged pupils in games. Indeed, he was a great source of inspiration to his pupils generally; he invited an opera-loving pupil to listen unaccompanied to his collection of records in the Headmaster’s Study. He took an enthusiastic part in the School’s Shakespeare and Poetry societies. He regarded it as important that boys should learn to exercise responsibilities, so (for example) he involved senior pupils in his deliberations on how to maintain high standards of discipline at the end of the school year.
His Christian faith was central to his life, and it made him a powerful preacher. For many years he was a lay preacher in the Church of England. He preached again in Chapel at Charterhouse in his mid-80s – and in the last year of his life, assisted by his granddaughter Sophie and grandson-in-law David, he compiled and published a selection of his Charterhouse sermons. One of his most important messages to pupils was the Christian message that we should treat everyone with respect irrespective of their background and education; his pupils were not to think themselves better than other young people just because they had been to Charterhouse. Carthusians had just been luckier than most others and therefore had a moral duty, throughout their future lives, to look after those who had been less fortunate than they had been.
Brian Young wanted Charterhouse to produce well-rounded human beings. He therefore instituted a policy that one third of hashroom time should be spent studying matters that had nothing whatsoever to do with externally examined subjects. He had a broad vision of academic excellence: he saw it as arising out of genuine intellectual curiosity, which would lead to engagement in range of subjects. Examinations were just to be taken in one’s stride as and when they arrived. He was shrewd in the way in which he enforced discipline in the School. When a whole class literally drove a young Frenchman out of his hashroom by releasing a stink bomb as the crowning move in their insurrection, Brian Young did not give them a traditional school punishment; instead he told the class that their end of Quarter celebrations were cancelled, and that they were to sit in silence in a hashroom, where, under his personal supervision, they were to write, in 200 words of perfect French, a letter of apology which was going to be forwarded to the unfortunate teacher. Parents were duly informed, and the start of the holiday was delayed by some hours as letters were rejected several times for multiple corrections.
Brian Young welcomed contact with former pupils. He promptly responded to every letter requesting advice and guidance, and his wise counsel helped many an Old Carthusian to get through a difficult period. His responses were always sympathetic, but often their content could be tough. One OC recalls being told to ‘look in the mirror’ and pull up his socks. Young had a remarkable memory for people and recognised OCs who had been at the School in his day long after they and he had left. He was generous with his time: for example, he led a discussion group on the future of professional bodies for a former pupil who was about to become President of the Chartered Surveyors, when by then he himself was heading the Independent Broadcasting Authority.
Brian Young’s headship at Charterhouse was only one stage of a very distinguished career. In 1964 he was appointed Director of the Nuffield Foundation, where he concerned himself with all aspects of the Foundation’s work and proved to be a modest, good-humoured chief, who took an interest in everyone on his staff. In 1970 he moved to the Independent Television Authority (later the Independent Broadcasting Authority) as Director General, which was frowned upon by many of the television programme companies and broadcasting unions, as they all questioned his knowledge of broadcasting and the media in general. Sir Brian, as he became in 1976, encouraged programme output of a high standard – and the television companies and the government learned to trust him, knowing that he guarded the IBA’s independence zealously. He saw off Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to take control of London Weekend Television. When it came to creating a fourth television channel, he and the then Home Secretary, William Whitelaw, joined forces to prevent the creation of ITV2 – a clone that would make more money for the television companies. Instead, long and closely argued discussions – between Sir Brian, his IBA director of television, and the Home Office – resulted in what Jeremy Isaacs (the founding chief executive of Channel 4) described as a ‘miraculous conception’, namely Channel 4’s role as a publisher-broadcaster, buying content from independent producers that did not duplicate what was already being done by the BBC and ITV. From 1983 to 1990 he was chairman of Christian Aid, and from 1983 to 1988 he was on the board of the Arts Council, where he was also chairman of the music panel. He was a trustee of the Lambeth Palace library and the Imperial War Museum.
I sat next to Sir Brian at the Quatercentenary lunch on Carthusian Day in 2011. He was then in his 90th year: an incidental detail – as his mental rigour and his charisma were wholly unimpaired, which continued to be the case until he died and allowed him to retain his independence. I feel privileged to have met this truly remarkable man.
Dr E Zillikens (BH 1979 - 2017)
See also: Sir Brian Young obituary (The Guardian)
Stroud Francis Charles (Toby) Milsom
1923 - 2016
Professor Stroud Francis Charles (Toby) Milsom MA, Hon LLD, QC, FBA on 24 February 2016, aged 92
W OQ1936 - CQ1941
His older brother Darrell (W37) was killed in a collision in 1940 shortly after being commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF.
After an absence of almost a year in order to recuperate from a serious head injury while on holiday in 1938, Toby returned to finish his education, going up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1941 to study law. He was elected to a senior scholarship at the end of his first year followed by First Class in Parts I & II with prizes for Roman Law & Jurisprudence. In 1944-45 he worked in research unit with Naval Intelligence. In 1947 he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn and in the same year was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
During his career he held many prestigious appointments and was awarded several prizes at American and British Universities.
In 1976 he returned to Cambridge where he was elected a Fellow of St John’s College and Professor of Law at University of Cambridge and later Emeritus Professor on his retirement in 1990. He was made Honorary LLD at Glasgow in 1981, Chicago in 1985 and Cambridge in 2003.
His notable publications include Studies in the History of Common Law (collected papers) in 1985, Sources of English Legal History, which he co-authored, and A Natural History of the Common Law in 2003, his final publication.
Barry James Gayford Manning
1934 - 2016
Barry James Gayford Manning on 22 November 2016, aged 82
D OQ1947 - LQ1951
His wife wrote:
“My husband’s National Service was spent in the Intelligence Corps and he was employed as a Translator for a short time, followed by a spell with P & O Shipping Co. He then joined Inchcape Group and worked for them in Southern India for many years, later returning to UK where he managed a textile company in Bristol. After ten years as a Secretary of Long Ashton Golf Club in Bristol in 1999 he retired to Spain with his wife Jean, enjoying fourteen happy years there until declining health necessitated a move back to Somerset.”
Piers John Clifton
1930 - 2016
(Piers) John Clifton on 4 November 2016, aged 86
G OQ44 - CQ48
Foundation Scholarship, ,Foundation Scholarship, House Monitor, Member - Swimming Team (Colours)
His daughter Belinda Sartori wrote:
“My father did National Service in the Royal Signals and afterwards joined the Territorial Army. A keen birdwatcher since schooldays, he worked for a time for Sir Peter Scott at Severn Wildfowl Trust. He went to Mons as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned into the Signals - which is strange for someone who could never master computers or mobile phones - but enjoyed his time there continuing as a TA officer for many years.
In 1953 aged 23 he joined the British Schools Exploring Society expedition to British Columbia where he was the natural history team leader and received a glowing confidential report from the Expedition Leader. This was sent to the senior partner at Godwins solicitors in Winchester (later named Godwin, Bremridge and Clifton) who took him on as a junior lawyer. He qualified in 1955, eventually becoming Senior Partner of the very successful practice. He was President of the Hampshire Law Society in 1987 and continued working well past his 50 years of Law Society Membership. He and his beloved dogs went to the office every day until he finally retired aged 80 in 2010. He spent his years dispensing honest, trustworthy, discreet advice to all those he met, the values by which he led his life, along with never saying a bad word about anyone.
Lifelong interests included sailing and skiing, and he was invited to be a technical judge for the Ski club of Great Britain. He married Elizabeth (“Buffy”) in 1964. Tragically she lost her life in an avalanche whilst skiing in Canada in 1991.
He last returned to Charterhouse for a Gaudy reunion in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent reminiscing with his contemporaries. For the last seven years of his life he lived with his daughter in Compton and enjoyed being so close to the school and remembering things such as ice skating on the river each year.
He is survived by his son, two daughters and eight grandchildren “
Oliver Christopher Anderson Scott
1922 - 2016
Sir Oliver Christopher Anderson Scott on 4 November 2016, aged 93
G OQ36 – CQ40
He read Natural Sciences at King’s College Cambridge, qualifying in 1946 after clinical training at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. National Service was in the RNVR as a Surgeon Lieutenant.
He developed a distinguished research career, making many contributions to the understanding of cancer tumours and their treatment. When important work was threatened, he rescued it through negotiations which established the British Empire Cancer Campaign Research Unit at Mount Vernon, Northwood; he became Director there in 1966 and under his leadership the unit gained international recognition.
After retirement in 1969 due to ill-health, his involvement in research continued and he was awarded a doctorate by Cambridge in 1976. He was President of the Oncology section of the Royal Society of Medicine (1987-88) and elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Radiology in 1999. He was a generous benefactor, an active member of the Council of the Cancer Research Campaign, and expanded a trust his father had established to support medical research.
In 1960 he succeeded as 3rd Baronet of Yews (the family home Windermere) and was later appointed High Sheriff of Westmorland. His family gave the site of Wordsworth’s Daffodils at Glencoyne to the National Trust. He and his wife, Phoebe, also supported many cultural and music activities in the Cumbria region.
Phoebe pre-deceased him in 2016 and he is survived by a son and two daughters.
See also obituary in The Guardian 29 Dec 2016: Sir Oliver Scott obituary
Nicholas Ashley Hart Tindall
1946 - 2016
Nicholas Ashley Hart Tindall on 2 November 2016, aged 69
B OQ60 - OQ64
Member - Railway Society Committee, Member - Choir
His grandfather was in Lockites and his father in Bodeites.
His wife Susan shared the funeral tribute:
“On leaving school Nick turned down a career working with his father as a medical publisher and joined the railways. He saw this as a profession where he could combine his love of trains with service to the community.
His career with the railways lasted from 1966 to 2013. It moved from the happy enthusiasm of a young man via long period of frustration with Government policies that favoured road over rail. His expertise majored on railfreight and there were years of curtailed or abandoned projects as that industry diminished. However, after privatisation his experience was increasingly valued and his steadfast dedication rewarded. Throughout, Nick never lost his zest for humorous and ridiculous incidents.
Based in Scotland for a number of years, he undertook a two-year Management Trainee course. He was given experience in every aspect of the railway industry and gained a particular respect for signalmen. The image of the lone signal-box, impeccably maintained by a single operator, resonated with him - as a boy, the first object he had made for his model railway was a signal box. During these years in Scotland he spent his spare time travelling around, photographing the railway infrastructure. These pictures became a valuable archive that he subsequently donated to The Caledonian Railway Association.
His early career included an enjoyable two years implementing the computerised railway control system ‘Total Operations Processing System’. He and others travelled the country, staying a few weeks in each location to train the operatives. Nick then relocated to London and spent a number of years employed at the British Railways Board in Marylebone. During the Falklands War Nick became a ‘Mr Fixit’ for the military where he managed the railway stock and its transport of goods to Portsmouth and Southampton, thence to the SW Atlantic. Ironically Argentina subsequently became a favourite location for his holidays.
Privatisation of the railways and the break-up of a coherent system of interactions between departments upset him deeply – and a practical consequence of the privatisation was his redundancy at the age of 51.
He found short term, low-paid but enjoyable, employment with Allied Continental Internodal, whose business was selling space on freight trains. Then a valued former colleague invited him to join Railtrack, but disillusionment with practices within the organisation led him to apply to join the Office of the Rail Regulator and Nick loved the air of quiet efficiency where measure, discipline and principle reigned.
The last years of his career were spent as a consultant, with intermittent but satisfying employment. A highlight was an interlude where he assisted in the Eurostar transfer from Waterloo to King’s Cross. His wife was told: “We wanted someone who understood railways and was a safe pair of hands who could just be left to get on with it.” The occasional periods of consultancy ended with a project that both satisfied him and earned an accolade: “This is the best piece of work you have ever done”.
Apart from his job with railways, for many years Nick devoted most of his leisure time to the pursuit and photography of steam trains. He travelled to many distant parts of the world including Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines and Cuba. His favourite destination was South America and he went there twenty or more times. From his first visit he felt completely at home there, the Esquel Branch in Argentina being his favourite with its small trains toiling through huge landscapes at inconvenient times. The wooden coaches had wood-burning stoves at the centre of their carriages. They usually had a restaurant where the cook would dismount at one of the rare village stops to buy a chicken to cook for passengers. Nick’s collection of South American railway slides is probably the most comprehensive in the country and his talks and pictures were always well received.
He also had a great love, and comprehensive knowledge, of pop music particularly that produced in the 1960s. He played the piano by ear and, for a number of years, played it in his head until he bought his own property and could acquire an instrument.
Walking became increasingly important over the years and during his retirement he walked most days, often for several hours. He took many solo walking holidays, generally based in South West Scotland; his favourite spot of all was the tiny community on the Isle of Whithorn.
Nick worked on a model railway for many years, with a purpose build shed in his garden constructed to high standards with double-glazing, central hearing and a de-humidifier. The layout, though incomplete, represents a fictional, perfectly realised branch line in Dumfries and Galloway. All the buildings were painstakingly constructed, taken from actual buildings in the area carefully measured and photographed.
For the last twenty years Nick scrupulously meditated for an hour daily. He worked with several groups and studied a variety of teachings that lead to inward contemplation. Many of the studies were based on Buddhist beliefs though he also learned Sanskrit as his understanding evolved. Over time he learned to control his emotions rather than being taken over by them. He moved far from the “because I’m worth it” lifestyle, becoming ever more mindful of the life he led.
If this sounds austere, he also loved shepherd’s pie, smoked salmon pate, fruit crumbles, gigs given by ageing pop stars, housework, earth colours of ochre and russet, Hook Norton Ales, cats and Formula 1 racing!”
Richard Kitley Power
1930 - 2016
Richard Kitley Power in 2016, aged 86
W CQ43 - OQ47
Father of Andrew (W73).
George Stuart Ingram
1944 - 2016
Dr (George) Stuart Ingram FRCA on 19 May 2016, aged 72
D CQ57 - CQ62
Head of House, Head of Greenroom, Chapel Committee, Corporal CCF, Vice-Commodore Sailing Club, Sailing Team, School Plays. Member of the OCYC.
He qualified in medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1967, training in anaesthesia there and at The Westminster Hospital.
His brother Martin (g62) said:
“Stuart was always grateful to Charterhouse for the grounding and enthusiasm it gave him to achieve at the highest level in medicine and ocean sailing. He spoke fondly of Mr Percy Chapman (BH1931-69) for the former and Mr Geoffrey Hadden (BH1950-71) for the latter.”
Extracted from tributes in British Medical Journal & The Royal College of Anaesthetists:
“Stuart was appointed consultant anaesthetist at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1976. He was a member of the organisation National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), President of the Neuroanaesthesia Society and Vice-President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, publishing extensively on related topics. His honours included the Dudley-Buxton prize of the Royal College and Honorary Membership of the Association of Anaesthetists.
He was appointed Rear Commodore of the Royal Cruising Club in 1999. He acquired an international reputation in both medical and sailing circles. With a deep love of music and literature, he loved company and verbal contest; his ready wit made him a marvellous raconteur. He also excelled at practical tasks, executed carefully and skilfully.
After treatment for carcinoma of the thyroid, he decided to take early retirement, commissioned a bespoke yacht, Troubadour, in which he sailed around the world with his wife and co-skipper, Annabelle. Tragically he sustained fatal head injuries from a fall whilst climbing aboard the yacht in darkness and bad weather when she was out of the water in Turkey; he was airlifted to The National Hospital in London where he died.”
He leaves Annabelle, sons Peter and Alistair and four grandchildren.
Nigel Francis Courtenay Walker
1951 - 2016
Nigel Francis Courtenay Walker in 2016, aged 66
R LQ65 - LQ70
Head of House, School Monitor, Captain of Fencing
Father of Joe (L09).
Full obituary pending.
Christopher Laurence Laskaris
1992 - 2016
Christopher Laurence Laskaris in November 2016, aged 24
R OQ05 – CQ06
Moved to a Day School after one year at Charterhouse. Tragically killed by a burglar in his home.
1937 - 2016
Eric Christiansen on 31 October 2016, aged 79
g CQ51 - OQ55
Senior Scholarship, Member - Fencing Team, Sutton prizewinner, Member - Beerbohm Society
By kind permission of Stephen Bates, a former pupil of his at Oxford, who contributed this obituary first published in The Guardian:
“Eric Christiansen was an original, if daunting and eccentric, history Fellow at New College, Oxford for nearly 40 years and an urbane and occasionally sardonic reviewer for academic journals and for magazines such as the Spectator and the New York Review of Books.
Generations of students will recall not only his unruly shock of dark hair, his round-rimmed spectacles and the old-fashioned bicycle he rode round the city, but also the courtly notes, penned with a flourish in sepia copperplate as if direct from the 18th century, written with a quill in ink that he mixed himself from powder.
But they will also remember inspirational tutorials spontaneously illustrated by artefacts plucked from his chaotic desk in his cluttered study: “French Second Empire, thousands of small workshops, producing things … like this!” or even, as the college’s current warden Miles Young, an undergraduate in the 1970s, recollects, a cassoulet of baked beans and chipolatas cooked up during the lesson, on what appeared to be a Bunsen burner, to stave off peckishness. At my college interview for a place to read history I was not aware he was even in the room until he suddenly loomed from behind a curtain where he had apparently been taking a nap in a window seat.
Christiansen’s historical range was prodigious and eclectic, from the Spanish army in the early 19th century to the little-known medieval military campaigns by the Teutonic knights forcibly to convert the pagan tribes of Prussia and the Baltic region to Christianity, which formed the subject of his major book, The Northern Crusades (1980). The college records show that his tutors considered him daunting and formidable even as an undergraduate.
He was born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the son of Danish parents: Christian Christiansen, a farmer, and his wife, Greta (nee Neilson).
At Charterhouse, Eric edited the school magazine and won an open scholarship to New College, where he would spend his entire academic career following national service in the ranks with the Northamptonshire Regiment.
After obtaining first class honours in 1961, he embarked on a doctoral thesis on the place of the army in Spanish politics between 1830 and 1854, which was abandoned after the university modern history board initially declined to examine his thesis but he did ultimately take a doctorate (though never used the title). He was appointed to a Lecturership and College Fellowship in 1965, renewed every seven years until his retirement in 2002. He subsequently became an Emeritus Fellow.
Christiansen is survived by his wife Sukey Hardie, nee Chamberlain - they had met as students and married in 1981 - and also by four stepchildren.”
James Campbell Steven Mackie
1926 - 2016
James Campbell Steven Mackie on 1 November 2016, aged 90
R OQ40 - LQ44
His elder brother Alastair (H37) died in 1983. Two sons were in Saunderites (Hugh S73) and Toby (S83).
James joined the Royal Marines directly after leaving School and was commissioned in 1946; he took part in landings at Anzio and was mentioned in despatches for rescuing survivors from the sea under fire. He later served in the Burma campaign.
Tragically, he died from serious head injuries sustained after being hit by a car close to his home; he was taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where he later passed away. A statement from Haslemere Town Council said: “James Mackie served our town with great commitment and pride, he was a pillar of our community and wonderful supporter of Haslemere. The town flag will fly at half-mast for a week in memory of this much-loved resident.”
Haslemere Herald reported an interview with his son Simon:
Born in St Andrew’s in Fife, the son of distinguished historian Professor John Duncan Mackie, he was brought up in Glasgow. After War Service, he worked as a high-ranking civil servant in Malaya from 1951-59 during the communist uprising and also as a sub-lieutenant in the Malayan Royal Navy Reserve. Afterwards he became a commodities broker at the Grain & Feed Trade Association in the City of London, rising to become Director-General in 1971. A member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, he was their Master in 2000.
James was resident in Surrey at Lynchmere and Grayswood before settling in Haslemere in 1974. He joined the local Conservatives in 1965 and was made chairman in 1968; he became chairman of the Farnham Conservative & Unionist Association in 1973. When he retired in 1991 he joined Haslemere Town Council and served until 2011, including a term as Town Mayor 1993-94. In 1995 he was elected a Waverley Borough Councillor and continued until stepping down in 2007.
Having studied Modern History at New College, Oxford, he found time to pursue his fascination with the Crimean War as a keen member of the research society and was a great traveller, with a lifelong passion for Robert Burns.”
His wife Daphne, whom he married in 1951, pre-deceased him in 2004. A much loved father of four sons and a daughter, grandfather of fifteen and great-grandfather of four. He had celebrated his 90th birthday with a gathering of family and friends exactly one month prior to his fatal accident.
Gillon Reid Aitken
1938 - 2016
Gillon Reid Aitken on 28 October 2016, aged 78
S OQ51 – OQ53
He taught for a year before doing National Service, initially in the Somerset Light Infantry then with the Intelligence Corps, and after a Russian training course he translated Russian intercepts while attached to Royal Signals Corps in Berlin.
Those language skills led to his own translations of Pushkin's Complete Prose Tales (1966) and Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970).
After a brief period in advertising, he joined publishers Chapman & Hall, then Hodder & Stoughton before becoming a literary agent with Anthony Sheil Associates. In 1971 he was persuaded to join the publishing firm of Hamish Hamilton as its managing director, but resumed life as an agent three years’ later when he and Anthony Sheil bought the firm of Christie & Moore and Aitken moved to New York to run the firm of Wallace, Aitken & Sheil.
Returning to London in 1977 he set up on his own as Gillon Aitken and in due course was joined by OC friend and contemporary Brian Stone (S55). In 1984 they bought Hughes Massie, whose clients included Agatha Christie, Aitken & Stone retained royalties in The Mousetrap when the rest of the Agatha Christie estate was sold.
Aitken's agency went through several changes of name, becoming Aitken, Stone & Wylie when they were joined in 1986 by the American agent Andrew Wylie; after his departure in 1996 Aitken was joined by Clare Alexander in 1998 to form Aitken Alexander Associates, which continues.
He gained a reputation as a formidable negotiator and among authors he represented over the years were Pat Barker, Sebastian Faulks, David Gilmour, Tim Jeal, VS Naipul, Jonathan Raban, Salman Rushdie , Edward St Aubyn, Paul Theroux, Hugo Vickers, AN Wilson, Gavin Young, Jung Chang Helen Fielding and Germaine Greer.
He separated from his Swedish wife, Cari Bengtsson, in 2000; she predeceased him, as did their 27 year old daughter Charlotte.
See also: Gillon Aitken obituary (The Guardian)
Norman Arthur Lazarus
1928 - 2016
Norman Arthus Lazarus on 13 October 2016, aged 78
He trained as a Chartered Accountant.
His wife Rosemary pre-deceased; he is survived by their two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Anthony Gerald Vincent
1928 - 2016
Anthony Gerald Vincent on 11 October 2016, aged 88
B CQ42 - CQ46
His son was a fellow Bodeite: Alexander (B86).
His family shared this funeral tribute:
"When Tony entered Charterhouse there was a shortage of school uniforms so pupils attended in their home clothes. Petrol was rationed, so he would set off at the beginning of each term from his home in Guildford, on his bicycle with a suitcase tied to the handlebars, only returning home at the end of term in the same way. Many things were very different then and he often talked fondly of these times. He grew up in a day and a world where nothing was taken for granted and he lived his life throughout embracing these values which became so deeply embedded within him.
During his period at Charterhouse he was recognized as an accomplished tennis player often competing in local tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf, squash, hockey and cricket, all to a reasonably good standard, occasionally playing alongside Peter May who went on later to captain the England test cricket side.
He did National Service in the Royal Navy, serving on HMS Sirius and HMS Nelson, which included a tour of the Caribbean, of which he often spoke of and had greatly enjoyed. On leaving the Navy he set his heart on becoming a solicitor and took Articles at a firm in London before finally accepting a position at Giffin Randall & Co. in St. Albans. It was here that he was to spend his entire working life. His choice, unsurprisingly, was not to join a busy London city law firm but to join a provincial practice in St Albans, which allowed him to be home early enough to enjoy family life with his children.
He met Sally at a cocktail party in Surrey; they met just six times before he asked her to marry him, he 30 and she just 22 years of age. They first rented a small house in Radlett but, eager to find a home in which they could start their family, they settled upon Ragged Hall, which they bought in 1959. The house then was much smaller than it is today, and in need of much improvement. Over the years extensions were built, tennis court and croquet lawns laid, stables added, but the central part of the house which has stood now for over 400 years, has never really changed. It has been his home for 57 ½ years. When Sally died in March 2009, he made it very clear to us all that it was his strong wish to stay at Ragged Hall, always.
His career as a solicitor at Giffin Randall & Co extended over many years as he saw the firm grow, and he eventually became the senior partner in what one would describe as a thriving provincial solicitors practice, which enjoyed the loyalty of many clients. Professionally, he was happy dealing with all things great or small, people from all walks of life, regardless of their background or the nature of the business or advice they required. He would treat all of his clients with the same level of professional courtesy and service.
He became closely connected within the local business community in St Albans and indeed at one time became involved in politics, standing for election as a Conservative County Councillor on three occasions. However he found local politics somewhat tiresome and went on to focus his attention outside his working life, on other causes, both as a Governor of St Alban’s School, as well as doing much work for The Royal British Legion - for which he received a long service medal - and jointly with Sally fundraising for Save the Children.
He served on the Finance and General Services Committee at St Albans School for over 25 years and chaired the Scholarship and Bursary Trust and the John Clough Music Bursary Trust. He was valued for his integrity, his wisdom and knowledge as a lawyer; as indeed were his quiet and modest contributions at meetings , where his few well-chosen words, delivered clearly in measured tones, were often accompanied with a smile. His considered way was so much more effective than a rambling rant. The St Albans School motto is Non Nobis Nati, which means ‘Born not for ourselves’ - how very fitting it is , that this is how so many people seem to remember him.
He was a man of strong Christian faith and loved his Church which provided Sally and himself with a great deal of comfort and purpose over the years. He was a practical man, supporting Sally without question or reservation at home, in the garden or performing some task for one of his children. He enjoyed keeping himself busy with all these things. Even in the most trying of circumstances he always had a screwdriver or torch to hand. He was always well prepared. He was always willing to put himself out for others, quietly, and without fuss.
He was not a man who needed material possessions; in fact his philosophy was “if it works it’s good enough”. He never needed the smartest car, the newest tennis racket or a set of flashy golf clubs. In fact he had an uncanny knack of being very effective with sometimes quite average tools or equipment.
On the surface he appeared to many of us who knew him to be just a very kind, gentle and humble man. But to those of us who know him well, we realise that underneath that kindness and polite manner, there was a quality that reaches to the very core of him and it is these qualities that he brought into his family life. Accompanying this kindness and gentleness was a truly unconditional devoted love for his wife Sally, spanning 49 years, mutually supportive and unquestioning.
His attention to detail was legendary - as was his filing system. As an only child to older parents, he had learned to thrive in his own company. He has kept every single daily diary that he has ever owned, all neatly stowed away in his desk. They record just about everything in his life. (We think it reflects how important he felt it was to leave a legacy behind him, and in some way to have made a difference.)
We must be grateful for having had this man as our father, grandfather, friend, colleague or neighbour. This is the place where he wanted to be, and this is the place where he wanted to rest, and join his beloved wife Sally.
He loved his garden. It was something that he and Sally loved doing together so much, a perfect partnership – Sally the designer and director and Tony the labourer. He got great comfort in his garden and he was very proud of his vegetable production (self-sufficient from May to November); over these recent years it has been a place where he has felt closest to Sally.
He had a great sense of humour. In later years he struggled greatly with loss of hearing and found this hard at times, but it gave him an excuse for some fun where he might play a little game and make the most of his deafness- often to make a comment or contribution to a conversation that would cause a laugh, sometimes purposefully being a topic or two behind in the conversation.
He was a devoted family man and his message to us as children was to “do the best you can.” He worked tirelessly to provide for his family, retiring in February 1996. He was a man that you could always count on, totally reliable, never unpredictable, and always without hesitation he tried to do the right thing. A commitment made by him, was a commitment, and was never broken. He was truly dependable.
So today to celebrate his life. A life that has been rich with happy memories and healthy to the end. He often said when it was his turn that he wanted to go quietly and without a fuss. Unassuming, loyal, and selfless, with a huge sense of duty. He will be greatly missed by us all."
Robert Samuel Boulderson Rogers
1928 - 2016
Dr Robert Samuel Boulderson Rogers on 8 October 2016, aged 87
H OQ42 - CQ47
Foundation Scholarship, Benn Scholarship, School Monitor, Maniacs Cricket
He qualified as a doctor and was in General Practice in Gloucestershire for many years.
Ian Morgan Paton
1931 - 2016
Ian Morgan Paton on 26 September 2016, aged 84
W CQ45 - OQ49
Captain of Athletics, 1st XI Member - Football
He read Engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
Ian completed National Service in the Royal Engineers and later served in the Emergency Reserve. His business career over 33 years was spent with multi-national engineering company British Timken Co; there he worked on the installation of a valve mainframe computer and in 1958 he began designing mainframe computer-based systems for an IBM machine. He was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Following the death of his only child, David (W79) in car accident whilst on holiday in Spain in 1985, Ian established the David Paton Travel Award at Charterhouse in his memory, to encourage interest and appreciation of the arts, which is still awarded today.
As a keen philatelist from his schooldays, and combining this with his interest in American history, he exhibited his collection widely with considerable success. He was awarded several prestigious medals in international competitions, contributed articles to various stamp journals and was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1994. In retirement he was appointed Assistant & Membership Secretary of the British Thematic Society, meticulously filling that role for thirteen years and was elected to Life Membership in recognition.
His wife Helen pre-deceased him.
George Lawrence Jose Engle
1926 - 2016
Sir George Lawrence Jose Engle KCB QC on 15 September 2016, aged 90
H OQ40 – LQ45
Head of School, Head of House, Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, Monahan Prize, Talbot Prize, Editor of The Carthusian
Sir George composed his own obituary in 2002, with a covering note which said: “At the risk of seeming immodest, I enclose a purely factual account of myself which - when the time comes (I am now aged 76) – may be of assistance!:
After six months’ Army Short Course at Oxford I served from 1945 to 1948 in the Royal Artillery, for the final year as a 2nd Lieutenant in Tripolitania. At Christ Church, to which I had gained a scholarship, I obtained Firsts in Classical Mods and Greats, after which I studied Law and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, practising as a barrister until 1957 when I entered the Parliamentary Counsel Office (the government department that drafts Government Bills).
I was seconded from Whitehall to the Federal Government of Nigeria from 1965 to 1967 as First Parliamentary Counsel there, in which capacity it fell to me to amend the Nigerian constitution following a military coup at the end of 1965. I was the senior draftsman at the Law Commission from 1971 to 1973, where I worked on an abortive attempt to codify the law of contract, was President of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel from 1983 to 1986, and First Parliamentary Counsel from 1981 until retirement from the Civil Service in 1986. I later became President of the Kipling Society, was made a CB in 1976 and a KCB and QC in 1983.
I was co-editor to the 1985 edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature.
In 2000 I translated ‘Carmen Becceriense’ written in Latin by Max Beerbohm in July 1890 shortly before leaving the School. The poem was prompted by a recital given by one of the music masters, A.G. Becker. The original and my translation were published in the Classical Association News." (See below.)
He is survived by his wife Irene, whom he married in 1956, their three daughters Eleanor, Vanessa, and Cecily (who is married to Jeremy Sandelson D74) and four grandchildren.
Peter Nathan (H47) added: “I had been his study fag, and afterwards George presented me with a two–volume translation of The Iliad with a typically thoughtful note saying “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”. I still treasure these books, each inscribed in George’s immaculate handwriting.”
Obituary link: Sir George Engle (The Times, 24 September 2016)
Beccerius (dictum miserum) mortalibus aegris
A SONG OF BECKER
Becker, alas, to troubled mortal ears
Anthony Beckles Willson
1928 - 2016
Anthony Beckles Willson on 10 September 2016, aged 88
H OQ42 - CQ46
Monitor, Struan Robertson Art Prizewinner
Brother-in-law of Sir John Alliott (W49).
His son Mark wrote:
“Anthony studied Architecture and Civic Design at Liverpool University and pursued a successful career as an architect in private practice, from 1954 to1984. For much of this time he was a partner at George Trew Dunn where he was responsible for the design on major public sector and commercial projects across the UK and in the Middle East. In 1979 he embarked on a second career as a sculptor, combining the two disciplines for several years. After many years coping with the complex technical and managerial demands of designing buildings, sculpture offered a simpler and more rewarding way of creating pure three dimensional form. Architecture and sculpture are closely linked by their three dimensional nature, enjoying a close historical relationship via concept and adornment. In 1987 he shared the prize with his design for a sculptural fountain in Parliament Square, Westminster and from 1989 he exhibited regularly at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London. His entry for the BP Oil sculpture competition in 1990 was highly commended and selected for exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall.
In recent years local affairs and the foundation of The Twickenham Museum claimed much of his time. The establishment of the Museum in 2001 followed an eight-year legal battle over a contested will. That the Museum won the case and is independent of local authority funding is largely to his credit. Always open to technological change and embracing computer graphics, he created for the Museum a much-commended website to which he made major contributions of text and illustration. His research included the records of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin where he was archivist for 15 years. As well as organising the parish records, he published a history of the church and a number of other books on the history of the area. His historical curiosity was particularly focused on one distinguished local resident, Alexander Pope. His series of monographs on Twickenham and its development in the 18th century were built on meticulous research into local families and the town’s streets and river frontage. He established himself as an authority on Pope, understanding the importance of the creation of Pope's villa on the Thames in Twickenham for the history of English gardening and the poet's influence on landscape design. In 2005 he established a charitable trust to preserve Pope's Grotto, the only surviving element of the poet's villa and garden and a monument of national significance in the history of English landscape gardens. Having overcome the funding challenges to do with the grotto being owned by a local school the first stages of the conservation work began early in 2016, and Tony, despite ill health, followed developments with characteristic insight.
He is survived by his wife Robina, son Mark, daughter Rachel and grandson Robert.”
Neville Herbert Benke
1923 - 2016
Neville Herbert Benke on 6 September 2016, aged 92
B OQ37 - CQ41
House Monitor, Captain of Fives, 1st XI Member - Football, Captain of Athletics, Under Officer CCF
Brother of Denys (B37) who died in 2011.
His son Robert wrote:
“On leaving Charterhouse in 1941 Neville volunteered for wartime service in the Army, eventually arriving in India and being commissioned into the 1st Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army. Following a Signals course he was moved to Burma. Just days after arrival at his new unit he was seriously wounded in a mortar attack which killed the other two members of his reconnaissance party. He was fortunate to be evacuated many hours later with both his life and two legs, and spent the following months in a succession of military hospitals before being returned to the United Kingdom. As he picked up the threads of civilian life he qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, spending his whole career with the same company, EC Harris, mainly based in London. He was involved in many large infrastructure projects, from the construction of the M4 motorway to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, with occasional work overseas.
He started playing tennis as a form of rehabilitation and through this met Mary Fenton, known all her life as ‘Dink’, whom he married in 1950. They had a son and a daughter, Robin and Jill, and two grandsons. They moved to Thames Ditton in 1956 and lived in the same house for the remainder of their lives. Both were keen members of the Thames Ditton Lawn Tennis Club for many years: when tennis became too much they joined the local bowling club. Neville served on the committees of both and 40 years ago offered his professional services with the construction of a new tennis clubhouse, which stands to this day. Dink died in 2010 with Neville looking after her at home until the end; he continued to live in the house by himself until a few months before his own death, when failing health forced a move.
Neville was immensely proud of being an Old Carthusian and wore the tie often. He spoke little about his wartime experience and few acquaintances outside his immediate family were aware of his injuries, although he regularly suffered discomfort for the rest of his life, without complaint. He was a modest man with immaculate manners but would never force his principles on to others, and he was unfailingly generous and thoughtful. Many messages of condolence were received after his death: all of them commented that he was, above all else, a gentleman.”
Adrian Seymour Tuck
1937 - 2016
Lt Cdr RN Adrian Seymour Tuck on 4 September 2016, aged 79
D LQ51 - CQ53
Brother of Roderick (D52, deceased 2006).
Full obituary pending.
James Alexander Gilchrist Scott
1932 - 2016
The Revd James Alexander Gilchrist Scott on 1 September 2016, aged 83
g OQ46 - CQ51
Foundation Scholarship, Head Monitor
OC family: Brother Douglas (g53), nephews Alexander (B76), Robert (B79), Barnaby (B81)
“James won an exhibition to Lincoln College, Oxford, to read jurisprudence. Before going up to Oxford, he served as a National Serviceman in the RAF, where he became a pilot in Transport Command. After graduating from Lincoln he transferred directly to Wycliffe Theological College, Oxford.
Following his ordination in 1958, he served mostly in parish ministry in the North of England - although he was for a time Chaplain to Dr Donald Coggan, the Archbishop of York; from there he went for three years to be a Chaplain in Missions to Seamen in Brazil.
He married Mary-June (nee Sewry) in 1964; she pre-deceased him and he is survived by their two daughters."
'Carl' Geoffrey Charles Ewer-Smith
1929 - 2016
'Carl' Geoffrey Charles Ewer-Smith on 30 August 2016, aged 86
B OQ43 - CQ48
Head of House, Under Officer CCF
He did National Service in the Royal Artillery and afterwards attended the Royal Academy of Music, training as an Opera singer. Many years followed with an extensive musical career in West End theatres, television and productions in Holland and Germany. Taking his stage name, he was now known as Carl Ewer-Smith.
Carl’s career in later life was that of a Chartered Accountant. However, his love of singing remained and he appeared in high level amateur opera and musicals. He is survived by Rosemary, to whom he was married for 53 years, and their two daughters Sara and Emma.
Palmer John Newbould
1929 - 2016
Saunderites & Lockites 1947
Professor Palmer John Newbould OBE on 29 August 2016, aged 87
S & L OQ42 - CQ47
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, Head of House, Member - Cross Country
He originally joined Saunderites, later transferring to Lockites when that House reopened after the War, but was nevertheless eligible for membership of the “21st Century Club " (a group of Saunderites set up in 1946 with the raison d’etre to meet periodically and to see who might live until the millennium and then to enjoy a special celebration.)
Having been taught by Oleg Polunin, he first read Botany at Balliol College, Oxford followed by a PhD in Plant Ecology at University College, London where he became a Lecturer in 1955. Appointed as Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the new University of Ulster in Coleraine, he became Vice-Chancellor when this merged with Ulster Polytechnic. He retired from academic life in the mid-1980s and spent those early years in Northern Ireland active in a variety of ecological fields, as Chairman of the Ulster Wildlife Trust. He also served on the Nature Reserves Committee and Ulster Countryside Committee, becoming chairman of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, which led to his appointment as OBE in 1993.
For some years he worked with his botanist wife, Jo, on a project in Mallorca to monitor biodiversity and environmental change in the Albufera wetland.
He spent the last fifteen years of his life in Gloucestershire and served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
He is survived by his wife and their children Elizabeth, Andrew and Susan.
Gay Fenn-Smith (S46) attended the funeral and added: “Palmer’s Humanist service was remote and joyous in a Rothschild meadow with music, poetry and evocative words.”
See more:Palmer Newbould – Ecologist with proud record in education and public service (The Irish Times)
Robert Boyd Mortlock
1937 - 2016
Commodore Robert Boyd Mortlock RN on 21 August 2016, aged 79
V CQ51 - OQ53
Eustace Dallin Wade Prizewinner (Chemistry)
Robert was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1954 and held many appointments up to his retirement in 1990, including: 1965-66 Air Gunnery Officer on HMS Eagle; 1966-68 at Britannia Royal Naval College training cadets; 1968-70 Gunnery Officer HMS Euryalus; 1970-1972 Training Principal Warfare Officer HMS Excellent; 1972-74 Executive Officer, second in command HMS Diomede; 1974 -76 Commander, Naval Warfare, Ministry of Defence; 1983-1985 Assistant Director for Policy, Clifton; 1985 Commodore, Deputy Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief Iberian Atlantic Area; Chief of Staff to Flag Officer, Plymouth.
Much loved and always remembered by his wife Mo, son Tim, daughter Alison and grandchildren, Joseph, Rebecca, Daniel, Alex and Jax.
Julian Laurence (Larry) Edmonds
1950 - 2016
Julian Laurence (Larry) Edmonds on 19 August 2016, aged 66
L OQ63 – CQ66
Geoffrey Thomas Ford
1932 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1956 - 1992
Geoffrey Thomas Ford on 10 August 2016, aged 84
Brooke Hall LQ56 – CQ92
First published in The Carthusian 2017:
"Like many creative or artistic temperaments Geoffrey Ford’s character presented a series of contradictory images. The passion he invested in his teaching, his music and his drama could also manifest itself in unreasonable fits of irritation and outbursts of temper. His petulance however was nearly always motivated by his desire to get things right, or as right as possible. He demanded high standards, but professionally set them for himself.
The other side to his often fiery temper was the equally passionate generosity which coloured his legendary hospitality. Geoffrey loved people, especially those who brought other areas of expertise to his experience. He admired skills foreign to his own and delighted in bringing people blessed with them around his table. His interest in food and wine was a catalyst for getting diverse interesting people together to complement or challenge each other’s views.
He especially loved travel, showing a childlike wonderment in discovering new places and using his many trips abroad to keep up with old friends.
Much has been said about the revolutionary effect Geoffrey’s colourful personality must have had on the staid institution of the English boarding-school of the 1950s. This ignores the fact that Geoffrey was no iconoclast; indeed in many ways particularly in his values he was traditional if not downright old-fashioned. This was reflected in the painstaking attention he paid to detail and the expectation that his pupils or actors would always give of their best. The other often overlooked aspect of the flamboyant is that it often masks an uncertainty, shyness and a deep rooted self-doubt. These qualities which militate against complacency are the stigmata of the artistic temperament striving for perfection.
Geoffrey’s death, sad but marked by quiet dignity, reflects in many ways the door which in the world of education has slammed firmly shut. Geoffrey’s approach to teaching – the total investing of his personality warts and all into whatever person or project came into his orbit – has alas been replaced by a more clinical, more controlled, more bureaucratic tick-box approach to the educational process. There were once times when the great public schools flouted the intrusion of imposed national norms in the pursuit of excellence – leaving its teaching staff, a body of whacky but intelligent amateurs, to impart their knowledge and influence lives for the better in entirely their own individual way. I suspect many a pupil’s life was improved more by one of GTF’s acerbic reproaches for shoddy work, unpunctuality or failure to send a thank-you note for lunch at his house than by the whole content of many a modern GCSE specification. Geoffrey’s methods were of a different bygone era: the values he strove to impart are not.
Many tributes at his funeral and memorial concert and the fulsome obituary carried in Daily Telegraph reflect the fact that his generosity, his demands and his impossible unpredictability touched the lives of so many people – pupils, colleagues, shopkeepers, musicians, architects, doctors. All bore witness to the fact that Geoffrey impacted in some way, great or small, on the whole fabric of their lives. No other memorial could speak so eloquently."
Frank Wiseman (BH 1983 - 2012)
At the memorial celebration for Geoffrey Ford, Peter Oundjian (S 73) said:
"It is a privilege to be asked to say a few words. Let’s start with the contradiction – the dichotomy. On one side was the most gentle person, sometimes gushing with admiration for those he considered worthy of it, or for anything that fascinated him. On the other, the petrifying sergeant major who commanded the utmost respect and could, with just a few well chosen and perfectly intoned words, put the fear of god into any of us.
I have often wondered what it was about Geoffrey that constituted his natural charisma. There was a magnetism about him that was palpable. He had incredible concentration. His fascination with aesthetics, beauty, expression, humour and with other people became the stimulus for his entire life’s work. That need to explore, to challenge himself and all those around him, propelled him forward constantly. That insistence on the highest standards, that intolerance of anything sloppy or mediocre. He invoked in us all an expectation of excellence, a longing for discovery.
At the same time he was often very practical and modest. I always considered him a talented chef. He completely dismissed that notion saying, “if you can read, you can cook”. Despite his insistence on adhering to exceptional standards, he understood when to stop pushing. His ability to encourage was never overshadowed or obscured by his demanding nature.
It is rare to find an educator of such sophistication who is also capable of teaching very young children. That is a very special talent. Geoffrey’s abilities in this area revealed to me another aspect of his exceptional human spirit. As we all know, children are remarkably instinctive when it comes to trust, and they tend to be far more disciplined when they feel a longing to please their teacher for all the right reasons. Geoffrey possessed this talent in spades. Again it seems to me that he struck a perfect balance between invoking respect and even a little fear, while fostering an atmosphere of genuine warmth and healthy expectation.
My earliest memory of Geoffrey is from early 1969 just before I arrived at School and his insistence that he not be my violin teacher; that job should be delegated to an outsider – a London teacher. Geoffrey agreed that he would essentially be a mentor, seeing me for my two lessons a week but only to support my London teacher's expectations. This act of extreme modesty struck me powerfully as a 13-year-old but I wondered how I would deal with what had the potential of being an extremely awkward situation.
Over a period of four-and-a-half years I had over 300 lessons with Geoffrey. I think I played the violin in about ten of them. The rest of the time was spent talking about life, art, theatre, literature, design, the Young Vic, Joyce Conwy Evans and above all, the more personal aspects of life – for my part how to deal with the challenges and hurdles of School years, and for his part, a steady dialogue of stories revealing who he was, how he perceived the world, how he evaluated circumstances, his concepts for reaching reasonable conclusions and what it was like to have been placed in post-war England as a gay man: Geoffrey never shied away from that subject.
He was proud to discuss with absolute sincerity what was a simple fact and he expressed himself in a manner that never made me even the slightest bit uncomfortable. In fact my deep respect for him and his personal conviction was enhanced by his demonstration of complete sincerity and openness.
Geoffrey was an adventurer and wanted us all to experience his sources of inspiration. We were reminded of this constantly. Trips to the Young Vic to see memorable performances of L’Histoire du Soldat, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, Waiting for Godot, featuring an unforgettable Pozzo by Nicky Henson (H 61).
Then one day in 1971, Geoffrey called a meeting of the usual suspects here at School who loved and lived theatre and music, with the prospect of presenting Jesus Christ Superstar. Even I at that moment thought he’d finally lost it. But we knew him to be fearless. How many plays did he direct? How many of them in French? Would the Ben Travers Theatre have been built without his energy and force?
Geoffrey was an exemplary audience member and Sergeant Geoffrey often had it in his heart to ensure that everyone seated in a theatre should meet his high standards of listening and attention.... and he was not embarrassed to speak his mind. After one of my concerts years ago, he proudly told me that he had at the beginning of the interval, addressed a coughing audience member within his proximity with the following line: “I've been coming to concerts for more than 50 years and have never so much as uttered a whisper. May I suggest you make that your life’s goal from now on?”
Always the teacher, there was never any hesitation to stand up for what he believed to be important, polite, reasonable human behaviour. But then came the next refrain. The one that was less entertaining: “You’d better come and visit. I’ll be dead soon.” I suspect that none of us really believed it. Or at least we didn’t want to. Geoffrey seemed to possess some form of immortality. One couldn’t imagine that Stable without its occupant.
I never spoke to him about the afterlife. He didn’t seem terribly preoccupied by the idea. It seemed likely he was utterly sceptical. Perhaps some of you know better. But Geoffrey, in case you are listening, I have something simple to say: you are an inspiration, you have made the world a better place, and we all love you and thank you."
Jack George Stanley Sears
1930 - 2016
Jack George Stanley Sears on 7 August 2016, aged 86
g LQ44 - CQ48
Vice Captain - Shooting Team
Jack shared his father’s passion for cars from an early age and an article in Carthusian of 1947 reports that Mr Stanley Sears, President of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, brought a contingent of vintage vehicles to Charterhouse for a challenge climb up ‘our strenuously steep Rackets Courts Hill."
He went to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, aiming to pursue a career as a farmer but motor sport intervened. His first race was in 1950 with an MG TC at Goodwood followed by various competitions in his father’s 1914 TT Sunbeam, progressing with 1950s sports cars. Then began an association with the British Motor Corporation in the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally followed by a win at the first British Saloon Car Championship in 1958 in an Austin A105 Westminster; he won again in 1963 in a Ford Galaxie 500 and became one of the outstanding drivers of saloon and GT cars in British racing. He progressed to international motoring with drives at Le Mans 24 Hours, at La Sarthe in a Ferrarri, and was also contracted as a Shelby American team driver.
Popularly known as “Gentleman Jack”, his career ended at Silverstone in late 1965 while tyre testing in a Lotus Ford 40; the car went out of control and he sustained serious injury to his left arm, which was saved by skilful surgery. After a long recovery he became one of the principal organisers of the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon and became a director of British Racing Drivers’ Club. He served as a Steward of the RAC Club, Chairman of the race committee and of the Ferrari Owners’ Club. He was honoured in 2013 when the British Touring Car Championship instigated an annual trophy in his name which is awarded to the best new driver at the end of each season.
Jack is survived by his wife Diana, two daughters, and son David (g72) who is also involved in motor racing.
Robin John Andrew Wells
1943 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1965 - 2003
Robin John Andrew Wells on 28 July 2016, aged 73
Brooke Hall OQ64 – CQ03
Director of Music OQ87 - CQ03
Robin Wells joined Brooke Hall in September 1965 and for the next 38 years was a key figure in the life of Charterhouse. Born in 1943, a native of Suffolk, Benjamin Britten’s county, he was educated at Culford School, before his four years at the Royal College of Music. Music and education were in his lifeblood. His father was a headmaster and Robin followed him into the profession. When he arrived at Charterhouse he lived first in the bachelor colony of Bernina on Farncombe Hill, where he made life-long friends, and learned so much about what Oliver van Oss (Headmaster 1965-73) called 'our curious trade' from stalwarts such as Tony Day (BH 1954 - 1990) and Dick Crawford (BH 1951 - 1986). In July 1970 Robin married Stephanie in Memorial Chapel at Charterhouse; he rejoiced in family life, being so proud of his daughters Becca (S92) and Ali (S95) and his grandchildren.
His interests were legion – from Carthusian monasteries and Tottenham Hotspur, to good food, travel and film-making, The day we played Bradfield away being one of his comic classics. He played a full part in so much of Charterhouse life, being a house tutor in Robinites for many years, and later Daviesites, coaching cricket (he was a fine wicket-keeper), playing for Brooke Hall in football matches vs the houses on Lessington on Friday afternoons and helping with the subscription concerts in both Hall and Chapel. He was regarded with great affection by his pupils. When one day in a history hash with a IVth-form the talk turned to the way that a bishop is called by his Christian name and diocese, I gave as an example George Guildford. I then asked if anybody knew any other examples. A young Robinite put up his hand and asked, “Robin Wells?”
Music was at the centre of his life, both at Charterhouse and beyond, extending to the Far East and New Zealand as a respected examiner of the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In the Music Department, initially under Bill Llewellyn (BH 1950 - 1987) at a time of its rapid expansion with the new RVW music school to the south of Chapel rising in his time, he was appointed Director of Music on Bill's retirement in 1987, serving in a most distinguished and varied way in that role till his 60th year in 2003. His final CQ was marked by a celebratory concert with many of his distinguished former pupils participating in a crowded Chapel and Robin on the organ he had played so many thousands of times in services and concerts over the years.
This was far from the end of his involvement in music in Surrey and the wider world, retirement being a concept unknown to him. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Robin was for 19 years Chairman of the Godalming Music Festival, and from 1995 to 2000 was a conductor at the Petersfield Music Festivals. He also conducted at Leith Hill and the Dorking Festival, both associated with Vaughan Williams. He also composed vocal and choral music. He was Secretary of the Charterhouse Summer School and then its Director for 24 years. The performance of Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress at Charterhouse was another formidable landmark, recognised nationally – as was Roger Steptoe’s (BH 1976 - 1979) opera King of Macedon, which was given its world premiere with professional singers such as Lesley Garrett, beaks and pupils. In 1966 Robin’s 50-year involvement with the Godalming Operatic Society began; he became its musical director after George Draper in 1970. Over the decades he conducted the full range of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including some of the rarer pieces – the last in 2015. The Farnham & Bourne Choral Society also saw some of his memorable choral concerts over the years, including a concert performance of what was then rarely performed – Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. He believed that this would be a perfect opera for Glyndebourne and in an ideal world would alternate with Vaughan Williams’s Sir John in Love, with the same costumes and sets.
Robin loved opera, especially Verdi, Wagner and Richard Strauss. I have lost count of the number of times we went to Covent Garden together to hear masterly performances such as Sir Georg Solti conducting Der Ring des Nibelungen (tickets at £8 for the whole cycle in 1966!) and the likes of the great Birgit Nilsson in Elektra and the overwhelming presence of Jon Vickers in Parsifal and Peter Grimes. From 1969 onwards we had so many trips to European opera festivals, hearing Tristan und Isolde in Munich at the very time that the Americans were landing on the moon. These continental tours, with Stephanie, continued to the end and we visited Bayreuth (where we were given a backstage tour and I took a photo of Robin on the conductor’s podium, graced by all the greatest Wagnerians from the Master himself through to modern days), Berlin, Dresden, and Weimar along with other venues such as Buxton, the Coliseum, Garsington Opera (a noted Richard Strauss venue), Glyndebourne, Grange Park, and year by year the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester.
Choral music and especially English music – Britten, Elgar, Holst ,Vaughan Williams and Walton – were central interests. No account of Robin’s life would be complete without recording the important role he played in the Vaughan Williams Society. He was an acknowledged expert on the composer, editing with the Vaughan Williams scholar Byron Adams (a visiting member of Brooke Hall for a while) an important collection of Vaughan Williams studies and essays in 2002. Robin built up a great understanding with Vaughan Williams’s widow, Ursula, a great benefactress to the musical development of the School; he welcomed her on many occasions to events at the School. He represented Charterhouse at Ursula’s funeral in London in 2007. Robin’s performances of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony were memorable occasions, drawing on all his love, understanding and intuitive feeling for the great Carthusian composer, whose first compositions were performed in the very Hall where Robin was to perform so often himself. If there was one work above all others that Robin loved it was Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, especially the unforgettable end of Part One: ‘Go forth upon thy journey, Christian soul’. Benjamin Britten once said that the primary function of a musician was 'to be useful, and to the living'. Robin fulfilled that role to perfection.
Robin’s health had not been good in recent years, nevertheless it was a tremendous shock to his many friends when we heard that he had died on 28 July 2016, his 46th wedding anniversary, at the age of 73. A moving funeral was held at the church of St Nicholas in Peperharow, a church with which Robin had been associated for a long while, not least in advice over the replacement of the organ. A memorial service was held in a packed Chapel at Charterhouse on 3rd December, when so many strands of Robin's life came together - with three of his former pupils sharing the playing of the organ; his colleague the Revd Norman Evans (BH 1951 - 1991) taking part in the service; the lesson read by Peter Attenborough (Headmaster 1982-93); and musical contributions coming from the Godalming Operatice Society with brass, conducted by his colleague David Wright; Vaughan William's The Lark Ascending played by Vaughan Jones (R88) accompanied by Mark Blatchly (G77); the Farnham & Bourne Choral Society conducted by Simon Wyatt (S73); and the Charterhouse Chamber Choir conducted by Robin's successor as Director of Music, Mark Shepherd. The address was given by his old friend from Bernina days, Graham Jones, formerly Housemaster of Daviesites and Headmaster of Repton.
Robin’s beloved Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams is often best remembered for its memorable opening of breath-taking immediacy – ‘Behold, the sea itself’, but for Robin the core of Vaughan Williams’s vision came in his setting of the reflective opening of the final movement to the memorable pantheistic words of Walt Whitman and it is when hearing this passage that I will most remember this man of faith, love of beauty and a very dear friend:
O vast Rondure, swimming in space,
Covered all over with visible power and beauty,
Alternate light and day and the teeming spiritual darkness,
Unspeakable high processions of sun and moon and countless stars above,
Below, the manifold grass and waters,
With inscrutable purpose, some hidden prophetic intention,
Now first it seems my thought begins to span thee.
DR Thorpe (BH 1965 - 1997)
Robert Ferguson Forrester
1964 - 2016
Robert Ferguson Forrester on 12 July 2016, aged 52
g LQ78 - CQ82
House Monitor, Member - Rugby and Athletics Teams
Robert was the eldest of three Duckites brothers: Angus (g84) and Jamie (g83).
James Barrington Monilaws
1957 - 2016
James Barrington Monilaws on 11 July 2016, aged 58
V LQ71 - CQ75
His father and uncle were also in Verites, Richard (V46) and George (V40, killed in WW2).
Friends Michael Hartz (B76), David Holmes (D75), Alastair Thompson (D74), Hugo Anderson (V74) and Nick Macartney (B76) collaborated on this tribute:
“James joined Verites in 1971 from Brambletye Prep School and was soon involved in school plays; he focussed on the sound and lighting, working in the green room. To carry out this work he acquired “special privileges”, gaining keys to give him access to parts of the school late in the evenings. This made the periodic trips to the pub with his “Father”, Hugo Anderson, all the easier. Hugo remembers that “On my last day at Charterhouse James was my co-conspirator, helping me gain access to the bottle of hydrogen we used to fill chapel with long balloons just in time for the morning service”.
After Charterhouse, he took up a scholarship at Shrivenham Military College to study Electrical Engineering. He enjoyed engineering, but soon found that the Army life was not for him. In fact, James was never comfortable being bossed around!
He loved to travel and decided to move to the United States. He lived in New Jersey, worked in Connecticut as a sales rep, and enjoyed travelling all over America, often in a twin-engined plane at night with only local radio stations for company. He was extremely proud of his private pilot’s licence, and used to delight in flying friends all over Manhattan in it. Michael Hartz (B76) recalls being flown very near to the World Trade Centre twin towers.
In 1998, James decided to return to England, having met Sara. He embraced family life with her and her 18-month-old twins Laila and Yasemin in Olney. When the twins were 8 years old, Sara gave birth to their daughter Emily. Having seen Hallowe’en done the American way, when Emily was older, he would dress up to take her Trick or Treating.
James was a man of strong opinions – on being told that Emily had decided to become a vegetarian, he told her that he considered it a mental illness…
He was also very practical and perhaps happiest when engrossed in fixing things - motorbikes, lawnmowers, a neighbour’s mobility scooter, a rusty van that had not moved for a decade - in fact anything that he felt needed his skills."
David Holmes (D75) comments: “James was an enigma to the very end. Remarkable intellect, great sense of humour, highly professional - most of the time – and the ability to be amazingly frustrating! As those who know him well will understand, one of his many attributes though was not time keeping. A fine example was the day of my wedding. The first surprise was that he turned up at all and was not late! During the afternoon, he mentioned that he needed to pick someone up from Heathrow and would be back in an hour. I next saw him 5 years later! Another of his qualities was his remarkable, and very rich, use of the English language although so many of his most memorable comments and quips are completely unrepeatable!”
James is survived by his mother Barbara, sister Catherine, daughter Emily, her mother Sara and twins Laila and Yasemin, and partner Jan, with whom he spent the last nine years of his life.
Charles Albert Vanbergen
1917 - 2016
Major Charles Albert Vanbergen on 8 July 2016, aged 98
P OQ31 - CQ36
School Monitor, 1st XI Member - Football, Boxing Colours, Swallows Cricket
His younger brother and a nephew were also in Pageites, Walter (P41, deceased 1995) and Jon (P72).
His granddaughter Antonia Vanbergen wrote:
“My grandfather was a remarkable and much admired man.
He told us it was difficult for the first term or two at Charterhouse, because he was away from home, unused to boarding schools and comfortable being the eldest child of five. However in the second term, when an older boy picked a fight with Charles (and lost), he was immediately recruited into the boxing club where his legendary boxing career for Charterhouse began. He told us that he had 45 fights for the School and won every single one against opponents from other schools such as Beaumont, Harrow and Eton to name some. Apparently one Etonian assured everyone that he was "going to kill" Charles; but when it actually came to it, Charles knocked him clean out in the second round.
He went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Christ Church College, Oxford where he was captain of the college cricket club, awarded his full blue for football and also played for Arsenal Reserves. In 1939, his final year at Oxford University he was called up to the army. He joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1940 and then the Royal Artillery Regiment before training to be an infantry officer at Sandhurst.
His further training was at the Household Cavalry Regiment in Knightsbridge and he fought his war in the First Household Cavalry in the Royal Horse Guards Regiment, volunteering to go to the Middle East, after being stationed in Cyprus. Then, in 1942 with the Eighth Army in the Western Desert for the Battle of El Alamein with General Montgomery, where as a young Major, Charles reported information directly to Sir Winston Churchill who was visiting the troops there. Later, he was stationed in Northern Syria, Palestine and Italy where he worked in deception.
After the war ended, Charles bought a company in Cheapside, London importing fruits from Italy and Spain in the austere years following the war. He worked as Managing Director in
A.E.Bennett well into his seventies, and was still working as a consultant in his eighties, adapting always to modern life and gadgets with intelligent ease.
In March 1954 he married Beatrice Lane in Dedham Essex, when he was 36, and went on to have three daughters, and five grandchildren. Charles enjoyed a lifetime of cricket; he was Skipper of Ightham Cricket Club during the 1970"s, and very famously made 100 not out whilst batting for Ightham in his younger days. He played well into his seventies and even eighties, and he was the life President of the Ightham Cricket Club for decades. He was an exceptional man, and will be universally missed.”
William Dudley Aukland
1935 - 2016
William Dudley Aukland on 5 July 2016, aged 81
P OQ48 - CQ53
After qualifying as a Solicitor, he worked in private practice in Widnes, Cheshire. He was a Member of the Deo Dante Dedi Lodge.
He is survived by his wife Sheila and sons James and Duncan, who wrote: “My father used to say that Charterhouse provided him with the foundations on which to build his life.”
His younger brother David (P54), died in 2012.
David James Chaloner Weston
1923 - 2016
David James Chaloner Weston MC on 26 June 2016, aged 93
G OQ36 - CQ41
David was the youngest of four Gownboy brothers, John (G28), Frederick (G31), Richard (G34) and uncle to Timothy (G58).
He went up to Christ’s College, Cambridge, but left to join the Army and in 1943 was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached to the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He was wounded twice. At the Battle of Anzio he was awarded an immediate MC for his leadership under heavy fire, despite having been seriously wounded in the arm. After recovering, he returned to action, joining the 4th Independent Armoured Brigade and took part in the battle of the Rhine crossing where he sustained injury in the leg. He served in security duties in North Africa and Palestine before being released In 1947. He then farmed with one of his brothers for three years before being recalled as a reservist in 1950 to train reservists and National Servicemen for service in Korea.
Afterwards he had a successful career in the management of large agricultural and woodland estates, starting in 1954 at Duncombe Park, and then as Land Agent to the Earl of Bradford’s estates in Shropshire, Devon, Cornwall and Scotland for almost thirty years.
In retirement he lived in Shropshire; pre-deceased by his wife Joan, whom he married in 1959 he is survived by their daughter and two sons.
Ian Bligh Urquhart
1924 - 2016
Ian Bligh Urquhart on 22 June 2016, aged 91
R OQ38 - CQ40
Ian spent two years at Charterhouse and when war broke out, he left to continue his education in Australia, at Geelong Grammar School. He joined the Royal Australian Navy from school and served with distinction against the Japanese.
He read Economics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, then worked in the tea and rubber business in Ceylon until the early 1960s when he moved into the financial sector.
He is survived by his wife Sheila, a son and two daughters and four grandchildren.”
His family shared this account of a war experience of Lieutenant Urquhart RAN:
“He was serving on board a Fairmile patrol boat which, during operations of New Guinea, was engaged by US forces in error and apparently an American patrol boat torpedoed his boat which resulted in its sinking. It is difficult to imagine the terror involved in this incident for the ship"s crew.
Oliver Hugh Ladenburg
1974 - 2016
Oliver Hugh Ladenburg on 2 June 2016, aged 42
L OQ87 - CQ92
House Monitor, Member - Fives (Colours)
Full obituary pending.
Peter Henry Edward Roberts Dunn
1920 - 2016
Peter Henry Edward Roberts Dunn JP on 19 June 2016, aged 95
g OQ34 – LQ39
House Monitor, Founder Member of the RAF CCF
Two OC sons: John (g86) and James (H91).
Peter went up to Queens’ College, Cambridge to study Engineering but WWII intervened and he volunteered. In 1941-46 he served as Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, mainly in Burma and Java. Upon demobilization he joined Babcock & Wilcox as a graduate trainee, rising to the company’s main board as Managing Director of the International Division until 1973, when he left to become a farmer and an hotelier. Whilst he gave up the former in the mid-1980s, he was still entertaining guests in his Country House Hotel in the weeks before he passed away. He always loved Charterhouse, returning for the last time with his two sons and grandchildren for OC Day in 2015. He was appointed JP in 1974, High Sheriff of East Sussex in 1989 and Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 1991.
He is survived by his sons and daughters, Julia and Joanna.
Christopher Claud Pontifex
1942 - 2016
Christopher Claud Pontifex on 18 June 2016, aged 73
P OQ56 - CQ59
He went to the City of London Polytechnic to study Timber Technology and gained the Timber Trade Practice Certificate. He became Managing Director of World of Wood Pty Ltd in Sydney.
Christopher died at home in Yamba, New South Wales, and is survived by his wife Beverley.
Alexander Robert ('Sasha') Smith
1923 - 2016
Alexander Robert ('Sasha') Smith MBE on 6 July 2016, aged 93
R LQ37 - CQ39
Family members also in Robinites: son Nick Smith (R70) and stepson Rupert Thompson (R70).
Nick Smith contributed this account of his father’s life to Western Morning News:
Battle of Britain fighter pilot dies aged 93 at his home in Devon
Alexander Robert Smith, known by all as Sasha, who died last week aged 93 at his home in Devon, was one of the last surviving Second World War fighter pilots who saw action at the end of the Battle of Britain.
He went on to oversee war crime operations in Berlin and, as well as working for British Intelligence, had a brief flirtation with acting and went on to enjoy working in the wine trade all over the world.
His colourful life was in part shaped by his cosmopolitan upbringing which gave him a gift for languages which he used throughout his life.
He was born in 1923 into a world recovering from the First World War and at the crossroads of European revolutions.
His mother Katherine Koulikoff, a white Russian émigré, had been sent to a town near Baden Baden in Germany to give birth by his father Colonel H C Smith who at that time was living in Constantinople (now Istanbul) from where he was running the Anatolian Railway.
Their house in Turkey near the Bosphorus Straits was regularly full of white Russian refugees; princes, princesses and dispossessed families who the family took in, housed and fed until they were able to move on.
Sasha’s father and mother had met in Russia at the end of the Russian revolution where Catherine was nursing wounded white army soldiers and his father Cyril was attached to General Denekin’s army overseeing the railways.
When the family moved to Menton in the south of France, Sasha was dispatched to a boarding school in Villars, Switzerland, at the age of five where he developed a love of skiing and skating. It was a beautiful place in the mountains but he often remarked that it was a somewhat harsh place for a young boy as there were no school holidays - families arrived and took their children off for a week or two when it suited them.
Later he was educated at prep school in England and Charterhouse. Then came the outbreak of the Second World War and at just 17 he jumped at the opportunity of volunteering to join the RAF.
Initially stationed at Hornchurch in Essex, he started flying Hurricanes and later Spitfires and Defiants. Having been shot down several times he acquired a special affection for Hurricanes as although Spitfires were by the far the faster and more agile fighter aircraft they were clad in metal and if shot up were prone to fall out of the sky.
Image courtesy of Plymouth Herald
Sasha Smith (as a young man)
The Hurricane was wrapped in Irish linen and bullets would tear through the canvas leaving the aircraft usually intact to get you home.
A flamboyant character who spoke fluent Russian, French, German and later Spanish, he was quickly picked out for special duties. In May 1942 when Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet foreign minister came over to meet Winston Churchill to sign an alliance with Britain, Sasha was chosen, because of his fluent Russian, as the RAF liaison officer to make sure that all went smoothly. After escorting the party from Moscow to RAF Tealing in Scotland he was then to accompany US and Russian Generals to London in a separate plane to that of Molotov for the signing.
However, he was diverted to oversee the preparation of another plane to take the party on to the US to meet President Roosevelt from Prestwick. The plane loaded with generals never made it to London. It was either shot down or crashed due to mechanical failure.
After the war he was again picked out for his languages and no doubt his character. Now a Squadron Leader running an RAF camp in the Hartz Mountains in Germany, he met Group Capt Tony Sommerhoff who was working on war crimes. Sommerhoff asked Sasha if he would be interested in joining his operation which he happily accepted and was given a list of war criminals, a Mercedes car, and a chauffeur batman and told to go and look for them in the British sector. He had some success and, being fluent in Russian, he was then offered the chance to run the war crimes operation in Berlin liaising with the Russians.
His unconventional methods and Anglo-Russian background led to much suspicion about his activities and even his true allegiance. His love of wearing Savile Row suits rather than an RAF uniform outraged senior commanders but he was always able to talk his way out of trouble.
Even when the city was blockaded and roads impassable to the British he managed to get permission from the Russians to drive out of Berlin with his Great Dane dog beside him. He received an MBE for his work on war crimes.
After Berlin he returned home to discover he had TB and probably only a couple of years to live but luck smiled on him and not only had someone invented a cure but when he went for treatment from one of the leading chest specialist Sir Kenneth Robson he refused payment as Sasha had been a fighter pilot and he felt he owed him a debt of gratitude for his wartime service. He treated him free for five years until his TB cleared up.
He enjoyed the company of what he called “film people” and when he met the director Mario Zampi he suggested he do a screen test with the legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff. When they recommended he learn the ropes in a rep company rather than going straight to Hollywood he decided acting was not for him.
In 1953 he met and married his lifelong love Ann Stewart in Jersey, and brought up four children on a Sussex farm before moving to Exmoor while working for Gonzales Byass as their export director selling wine all over the world. Again his languages and charm had dealt him a great hand.
Life on Exmoor first in the Heddon Valley near Lynmouth and later Simonsbath now revolved around his passion for horses, tennis and sailing.
In retirement, still hungry for adventure, they sold up everything and bought a yacht which they lived on in the Mediterranean for four years before returning to the South of France and later to village life in Broadhempston in South Devon.
Michael Philip Ramsbotham
1919 - 2016
Michael Philip Ramsbotham on 13 July 2016, aged 96
D OQ33 – OQ36
He read History at King’s College, Cambridge
In WWII he joined the RNVR, initially serving in anti-submarine section, before transferring to Naval Intelligence at Bletchley Park (Hut 4) in 1941 to work on Italian signals.
Apparently he did not know why he was chosen to work at Bletchley, possibly the influence of his Tutor Cambridge, JH Plumb, also at Bletchley or of his cousin, Hugh Trevor-Roper (D32, later Lord Dacre) who also worked in Intelligence. The work was stressful and caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown and leave Bletchley suddenly, although he was not court-martialled.
After demobilisation he became Secretary to architect Lord Mottistone involved in rebuilding work in London. Later he became a Probation Officer until that work caused another breakdown. He reviewed books for The Listener and The New Statesman and himself published two novels The Parish of Long Trister and The Remains of a Father.
In 1960 he moved to a 17th century cottage in Sussex with his partner Barry Gray, and there they a created a magnificent garden and planted a wood, where he is now buried.
A full obituary appeared in The Times on September 14 2016.
John (Jack) Winfield Lawton Goering
1925 - 2016
John (Jack) Winfield Lawton Goering on 6 June 2016, aged 91
B OQ38 - CQ40
Member - Athletics Team
Jack graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1948, he chose teaching as his profession. Leading by example in his own life, he inspired a generation of students about the importance of environmental conservation and ecology. A lifelong lover of the Canadian north, he paddled many fur trader and early explorer's routes in the 1960s and 70s.
Married to Sheila since 1952, he is survived by their two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
John Adam Robson
1930 - 2016
Sir John Adam Robson KCMG on 6 June 2016, aged 86
H OQ43 - LQ48
Foundation Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, School Monitor, Elwyn History Prize
Extracts from the Eulogy given by his son-in-law, John Spencer-Silver (husband of daughter Annabel):
“John went up to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge with a major Award to read History. In his first year he ‘discovered’ medieval history and went on to complete a PhD in 1961. As a Fellow of Caius, he delighted in the company of the most brilliant minds of the time. His academic career included a year at Merton College, Oxford and in 1954 he won a Prize Fellowship at Caius. He was then appointed to University College, London and in 1959 received a grant from the Astor Foundation to visit Central America and give a short course of lectures at the University of St Carlos de Guatemala. Influenced by the Charge d’affaires at the British Embassy there, John decided to take the competitive exam for Foreign Office late entry, and so began a new chapter for him and his wife Maureen.
They were posted to Bonn, followed by Peru, India and Zambia, before returning to London to spend a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies. In 1976 he went to Norway for three years, and then became head of the East Africa department before his appointment as Ambassador to Colombia in 1982. The next five years were spent in that beautiful but troubled country where travel was mainly in a heavily armoured Range Rover and never without an armed guard.
Returning to Norway in 1987 for his final post as Ambassador, the relaxed informality of the royal court and close ties to the British monarchy distinguished the posting. When accompanying King Olaf on a State visit to Windsor Castle in 1988, he was presented with the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit. Two years later he was appointed KCMG.
In retirement, he continued working for the Foreign Office as Leader to a series of conferences on human rights and as a member of the panel of the Home Office Assessment Consultancy Unit. He also greatly enjoyed his time as Chairman of the Anglo-Norse Society.Locally he was a member of the Court of the University of Kent, Canterbury and Chairman of the Management of the Seven Springs Cheshire Home.
He was deeply modest about his achievements. A scholar by nature, he never ceased being a historian and treasured his academic friends, many of whom became most distinguished with the passing of the years.
A very important part of John was his Faith, privately but deeply held. He was a great supporter of his parish and prepared to speak his mind, if he felt it right to do so, but always with a generosity of spirit.
He loved his home and his beloved family. Maureen and he were married for 57 years and he took enormous pride in all her talents and her absolute support in his professional work. She survives him, with their three daughters Annabel, Alexandra and Charlotte, and four granddaughters.
Lifelong friend Peter Nathan (H47) added:
“I first met John when we were two of six new boys joining Hodgsonites in OQ1943 and we immediately became friends, frequently cycling to and from school to my home in Chiddingfold. Despite his great success in public life, he was the most gentle and self-effacing person.”
Guy Thornton Whitaker
1927 - 2016
Dr Guy Thornton Whitaker CBE on 3 May 2016, aged 88
R OQ41 - CQ45
House Monitor, 3rd XI Member - Cricket
His daughter Sarah Seghal wrote:
“Guy was born in Beckenham, Kent. His childhood and school years were ones of comfort and privilege. He was a day boy at a local prep school and then went on to Charterhouse. During those war years he played cricket for the school, and encouraged by his musical parents, Guy learned the French horn, beginning his own lifelong love of music.
In 1945 Guy went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences and then went on to study medicine. He had just completed his training when he met his wife Trich, on a skiing holiday in Austria. Guy and Trich married in 1954 in Hong Kong, where Guy was doing his National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps. On returning home they settled in Folkestone, Kent, where Guy lived out his career as a family GP. Guy was well respected in his work; important as a colleague, friend and mentor to many. As the eventual head of practice, his legacy survives in the principles he established of care and efficiency.
His dedication and selflessness extended well beyond his GP"s surgery. He was active in St George"s Church, Folkestone, and volunteered for causes such as FoodStop, Operation Sunshine and Rotary. Guy was a lifelong supporter of Charterhouse-in-Southwark and was also heavily involved with St John Ambulance, becoming Commissioner for Kent.
Guy had tremendous energy and enthusiasm for everything he did. He needed to be busy and was not very good at doing nothing. Letters arriving in the post were almost always dealt with immediately. Walks with him, whatever the weather, were purposeful and vigorous. Good food and drink - especially cheese and wine were enjoyed with lip-smacking relish. Opera was appreciated with detailed attention to the libretto. His thirst for knowledge also extended to a keen interest in art and maritime history. In addition to this, soon after he retired, Guy began a part-time degree in English and Drama at the University of Kent.
He was generous and thoughtful, forward thinking, with a wry sense of humour, always happy to share his interests. However, keeping up with his boundless energy - both mentally and physically - was sometimes quite hard!
Leaving Folkestone in 2009 to be nearer his family in Hertfordshire, was a wrench for Guy. However, over time, he managed to adapt, making new acquaintances and finding new interests with customary vigour. Always a great walker, Guy was also cycling the Hertfordshire Greenways in his early 80s.
His wife"s death in March 2015 ended a loving partnership of more than 60 years. Following this, Guy found his growing physical frailty increasingly hard to bear. With perseverance, he managed to maintain a keen interest in life and in the people around him.
Guy was dedicated and hardworking in all endeavours to the end. He passed away peacefully with his daughter Sarah by his side. He is also survived by Oscar and Olive, his 2 grandchildren. He is greatly missed by family and friends.”
Patrick Paul Blake Halpin
1939 - 2016
Patrick Paul Blake Halpin in May 2016, aged 77
H LQ53 - CQ57
Head of House, School Monitor, Member - cross Country Team, CCF - Seargent
Patrick was in the last National Service intake and served with the 13th / 18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) in Malaya, based mainly at Ipoh, at the tail end of the Malayan Emergency. After National Services he initially worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Miles Labaratories and subsequently for Colgate Palmolive. He then moved to the South Coast and worked for Shippams before joining Colmans of Norwich.
Subsequently he was involved in a number of private business ventures and prior to retirement was a director of First Impressions, a personal image consultancy.
He leaves a widow, Elizabeth, three daughters and six grandchildren.
His younger brother Robert was also a fellow Hodgsonite (H61).
David Lionel Rodd
1923 - 2016
David Lionel Rodd on 11 April 2016, aged 93
W OQ36 - OQ39
His younger brother Peter was also in Weekites (W45, deceased 2010).
David Maurice Walter Gilliat
1934 - 2016
David Maurice Walter Gilliat on 5 April 2016, aged 82
His father, two uncles and several Gilliat and Patterson cousins were all in Gownboys.
David did National Service in the Royal Signals and afterwards was Signals Officer in the TA Royal Sussex Regiment. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and worked as a Land Agent, becoming Senior Partner of David Gilliat Associates in Stockton-on-Tees; he retired in 1999.
His wife Pamela survived him.
(David) Michael Renton Riddell
1932 - 2016
(David) Michael Renton Riddell in April 2016, aged 83
L OQ46 - LQ49
His daughters wrote: “Michael enjoyed his time at Charterhouse and relished pushing the boundaries of authority, regularly taking off alone on his bicycle to Godalming to visit W O Bentley's house to admire his car collection. He was also very proud that he held the record for throwing the tennis ball over the chapel whilst a student!
His National Service was spent in Cyprus with 188 Independent Radar & Searchlight Battery, Royal Artillery. He was an expert glider pilot and competed in national championships for several years. His greatest achievement was winning the Firth-Vichers team trophy in league Two at Aston Down with his great friend Mike Bird in 1962.
Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 1955, and went into private practice in Surrey, retiring in 1998.
He married Gillian in 1963 and they had two daughters who were a source of pleasure to him throughout his life. Along with his family, his loyal gliding pals provided constant friendship and entertainment for over 60 years, with regular poker evenings resulting only in a 'loan between friends'.
He also enjoyed foreign travel, particularly as an escape from the dark winter days, with trips to Northern African on many occasions and to visit Vanessa who lived in the USA.
He is survived by widow Gillian, daughters Vanessa and Angela, and his two grandchildren Sophie & James."
He was the cousin of S. J. Shuttleworth, Brooke Hall 1980 - 2011
Anthony Graham Williams
1928 - 2016
Anthony Graham Williams on 24 March 2016, aged 87
W OQ41 - CQ46
His son Philip wrote:
“Tony Williams was a sportsman, a businessman and a philanthropist who took the family business to great heights, endowed a substantial charitable trust, served as Master of the Leathersellers Company and was head of a large family.
In his youth his passion was sport. He grew up in St George"s Hill, Weybridge, close to the local tennis club where he won many competitions at both tennis and squash. At Charterhouse he excelled at football and hockey and also made the first eleven cricket.
He was at Charterhouse in the war years and then, after National Service in Northern Ireland, he went to the London School of Printing to prepare himself for a career in the family printing company. When he joined the company, Williams Lea, in 1950 it operated from one substantial Victorian factory built by his grandfather less than a mile from the Bank of England. The company then employed around 400 people and badly needed modernising.
In 1961 his father died and he became joint Managing Director with his brother Frank. In 1964 the company made the first of a series of acquisitions and by the mid 1970s it had become a group of specialist printing companies employing around 800 people. By this time Tony had become sole managing Director, his brother having left the business.
In the late 1980s the company began running in-house printing, design and mailroom facilities for its City clients, and over the next ten years the traditional printing businesses were sold so that the company could concentrate on this new activity. The company grew and grew, making further acquisitions in the UK, US and far east, and by 2006 it was employing almost 10,000 people. By that time Tony was non-executive Chairman, there were no longer any family members in executive positions and a decision was made to sell the company to Deutsche Post.
In the last ten years of his life Tony turned to philanthropy, setting up the Tony and Sheelagh Williams Charitable Foundation, which has been able to give away substantial sums to good causes.
Throughout his busy working life Tony found time for charitable endeavours through the Leathersellers Company, becoming Master in 1984.
He was married to Sheelagh for 58 years and they produced four children, Philip (W76), Nick (W78), Sean (W81) and Madeleine (G83, Mrs Harding). They in turn have produced 12 grandchildren, but to Tony"s regret there are no Carthusians among them. He was a great family man who loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren and regularly convened the wider family for very convivial parties. He had a wide circle of friends, many of long standing.
He didn"t have much time for hobbies but he was a member of St George"s Hill Golf Club for 73 years and of The All England Lawn Tennis Club. He was a great reader of biographies and an occasional bridge player.
He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.”
John Downes Alliott
1932 - 2016
Sir John Downes Alliott on 19 March 2016, aged 84
W OQ45 - CQ49
Monitor, Cross Country Running Colours, Thackeray Prize for English, History Scholar of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
His son George (W76) wrote: John Alliott was born in Folkestone, Kent. As a teenager he smashed his leg skiing and again playing football and so had to give up contact sports, hence the cross country running. His 1949 diary reveals that he came 5th in the Pontifex that year, down from 3rd the year before. He also recorded Corps Field days against Eton and Winchester, both ‘won’. Against Eton he wrote “fought a ridiculous Etonian attack, they would have been mowed down”. His great friend Timothy Frankland (S 49) captured their Battalion Headquarters.
He won a scholarship to Peterhouse Cambridge. Before going up to read law, he did his National Service commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, serving in London District and Tripoli, North Africa.
At Cambridge he was Master of Trinity Foot Beagles, hunting the hounds 51 days in his final year.
He was called to the Bar in 1955, joining the Inner Temple and the South Eastern Circuit. He became a tenant at 1 Crown Office Row from where he practised for his whole career at the Bar. He became a Recorder in 1970, took silk in 1973 and was Head of Chambers from 1981 – 1986. In 1986 he was appointed to the High Court Bench, Queen’s Bench Division and was duly knighted. He was Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit 1989 – 1992 and was on the Parole Board 1994 – 1989 (Vice Chairman 1996 – 1998). He retired from the Bench in 2001 but sat in the Court of Appeal part time thereafter.
He married Patsy Beckles-Willson in 1957, sister of Tony Beckles-Willson (H46). They had three children, George (W76), Kate and Julian (W86) His younger brother Peter Alliott (W 52) died in 2002, father of Louise (G 82) and Charles (W86).
Robin Julian Darwen
1923 - 2016
Robin Julian Darwen on 16 March 2016, aged 92
G OQ36 – LQ41
He served with the Queens & Border Regiment in WWII, retiring in the rank of Major.
Francis Nigel Dodd
1931 - 2016
Francis Nigel Dodd on 8 March 2016, aged 85
V OQ44 - CQ48
House Monitor, Maniacs Cricket, Individual Prizewinner of House Instrumental Competition 1944-1948
His wife Alison wrote: “Nigel won the school music prize four years running; he also won the conducting prize. He went up to Balliol College as Nettleship Music Scholar, gaining degrees in both music and English, passions which were to run through the rest of his life. His National Service was with the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, where he played viola in the light orchestra and also taught music, before beginning his professional career as a schoolmaster at Maidstone Grammar School.
From 1960 to 1970 he was first joint, then sole, Head of English at Clifton College, Bristol, ensuring that the department emerged transformed and widely respected, English at last being taught only by committed, enthusiastic specialists. He was closely involved with the development of the school’s new purpose-built theatre, directing, occasionally acting, and organising (jointly with the city and Bristol Old Vic Theatre) a national conference on the place of drama in education; it resulted in an influential collection of essays published by Heinemann in 1971.
After Clifton, Nigel went on to the College of St Matthias as Head of English and eventually Chairman of the BA in Humanities. He continued to act and direct, and was for several years Director of Drama at Bristol Arts Centre, and external examiner in English, Drama & Linguistics for Sheffield Polytechnic. He ran a particularly happy department, and also found time to acquire an MEd (his thesis being on aspects of the social thought of T S Eliot and Emile Durkheim) from Bristol University.
However, in 1983 the restructuring of Higher Education under the Thatcher government brought the opportunity for early retirement on favourable terms, and the chance to focus fully on music: music journalism and teaching, solo and orchestral playing, and composition. Many of the works he wrote resulted from commissions. They ranged from a full-scale oratorio using soloists, full orchestra, children’s and adult choirs and the Sun Life Brass Band, to the delicately restrained setting of a group of Wordsworth’s Lucy poems for solo voice with accompanying piano, satisfyingly bringing together two of his most powerful interests.
Nigel was an inspirational educator, greatly respected for his knowledge and original ideas. Physical frailty caused by Parkinson's Disease did not impair either his teaching or his playing until his last three weeks; he never fully lost his engaging vitality or his ability to charm.
In 1964 he had met and married his wife Alison (herself Head of English at a girls’ school, and a pianist). They soon had two sons and a daughter, and later six grandchildren – the literary/musical tradition carries on amongst them in various ways: he was delighted by his family, who all survive him, and his influence on them continues to be powerful.”
Michael Neill Cox
1951 - 2016
Michael Neill Cox in March 2016, aged 64
R OQ64 - OQ67
Cricket Club Colours, Member - Rackets and Tennis
His grandfather was in Bodeites, his father Neill and son Ben in Robinites (R41 and R95 respectively) and father-in-law in Saunderites, Hedley Le Bas (S45).
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and retired in 2016.
Full obituary pending.
John Peter Maxwell Drummond
1935 - 2016
(John) Peter Maxwell Drummond on 27 February 2016, aged 80
P CQ49 - CQ53
Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge
Peter is survived by his wife Angela, three sons and a grandson.
Christopher George Nicholas Ryder
1930 - 2016
Christopher George Nicholas Ryder OBE on 25 February 2016, aged 85
D OQ44 – CQ49
Head of House, School Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Football, Struan Robertson prize
His father and an uncle were both Carthusians, and he was the middle of three brothers, Anthony (G45, deceased 2013) and Denys (D49) who wrote:
“When Christopher joined Daviesites it was under the Housemastership of Walter Carruthers Sellar (BH1932-51), the co-author of ‘1066 and All That’. He reached the Upper Sixth form before going onto Worcester College, Oxford, to read History. He spent some of his time as a National Serviceman in Korea, and took part, in 1951, as a gunnery officer in the notorious Battle of the Imjin River.
In 1957 he joined the Swire Group trading firm with interests in the Far East and was detailed to go to Hong Kong where he took up a series of shipping appointments during his 15 years there. He also spent some 2 years as Manager of Cathay Pacific’s interests (part of the Swire Group operations) in Bangkok. In 1972 Christopher returned to London to represent the China Navigation Company’s interest at the Swire’s Head Office, having finished the first phase of his Asian career as General Manager of the CNCo in Hong Kong. In 1978 he became Deputy Chairman of the CNCo.
Whilst living in London, he met Gabriel, a lady with a family of 3 young children, and was married to her in that year. His stepson, Paul, wrote of him “Having led a bachelor life in the Far East, it must have been quite a change to settle down with an instant family. But at the age of 45 he embraced the challenges of family life”.
In 1982 he was appointed to the role of President of Swire’s in Japan. Sir Adrian Swire, his ultimate boss said, “Within Swire, Christopher will be primary remembered for his outstanding performance as President of Swire’s in Japan. There has seldom been a rounder peg in a rounder hole.”
A colleague commented about Christopher “His earlier four postings in Swire had given him an enviable understanding of Japanese custom and behaviour, but I think that even without this past experience, his natural courtesy, modesty patience and wit would have made him a rapid success in this most idiosyncratic of developed societies”.
In 1986 Chris was awarded an OBE for services to British Commercial Interest in Japan, and as Adrian Swire said, “He was supported in his Japan ‘Taipan’ role strongly and enthusiastically by his wife, Gabriel.” In the same year Chris returned to London and became the Chairman of the China Navigation Company until his retirement in 1993.
During his time in the UK he lived on Highgate West Hill with his family, where he took part enthusiastically in Highgate society, and where his love of art and an eye for painting was something which he carried with him from his days at Charterhouse. This included taking up painting watercolours with the Highgate Watercolour Group. A friend of that era wrote, “He developed a lovely technique of large flat washes, which gave an oriental flavour to his work, with images that seemed to encourage meditation inspired by the Zen gardens in Japan.” In 1978 he became Chairman of the Highgate Society, using his diplomatic skills to secure a satisfactory outcome over the lease of the Society’s premises.
Over the last 28 years he and Gabriel and the extended family enjoyed peace and quiet in the countryside. Having returned to the UK, he once told me that the one thing he had always wanted, was a house in the country so as to get away from the hurly burly of London and business life. This he achieved by buying a remote farmhouse in east Devon, that he turned it into a beautiful second home with extensive gardens for himself and his family.
I will leave the final word to Christopher’s eldest stepson, Paul Schlesinger, who knew him far better than I did in his later years, who said at the memorial service:-
“Finally he was courteous - sometimes to a fault – putting others first. Like most of us he was a joyful mix of things. Although Chris was in some ways a self-deprecating, private person, what people will remember most about him I think is how gregarious and outgoing he was. Someone, whom friends were always happy to bump into. He was the essence of very good company. He was a gentleman and a gentle man and all of us, whether we were a work colleague, a friend or member of his family, were lucky to have shared so much with him.”
1929 - 2016
Headmaster 1973 - 1981
Brian Rees on 16 February 2016, aged 86
These talents continued to flourish when he embarked on a career as a schoolmaster at Eton, where he had been put forward by his college following a request from Robert Birley (Headmaster of Charterhouse 1935-47, Headmaster of Eton 1949-64), who in turn was to play quite an important role in his life subsequently. In the classroom he was an engaging teacher of history whose scholarship and inspiration was greatly valued by his pupils. He played the piano in the company of England cricketers like Len Hutton, and many an impromptu duet. Whilst at Eton he collaborated with the future Private Eye satirist John Wells on a musical adaptation of Aristophanes’s The Birds. He counted this memorable production as one of his greatest achievements at the school. There he also met his wife, Robert Birley’s daughter Julia, with whom he had five children. Two years after they were married he became a housemaster where having to enforce rules after a period of indiscipline provided limited pleasure.
On the advice of Robert Birley – who had by then retired as Headmaster of Eton – he successfully applied to become Headmaster of Merchant Taylors’ School at Moor Park in North London, thus bringing to a close fifteen joyful years at Eton.
At Merchant Taylors’ he had a happy and successful time raising funds for a number of development projects. He found the school rather traditional and the proximity of the parents to the school occasionally oppressive.
He left in 1973 to become Headmaster of Charterhouse. The return to a full boarding environment was a big change; in Rees’s first year the move to the New Houses was completed making Charterhouse well ahead of its time in the quality of its boarding accommodation. He had been told by the Governing Body that discipline needed to be tightened up, but found, in practice, that discipline was in pretty good order and it was mainly a question of enforcing existing rules. He had to replace one housemaster who had lost control and chastise one or two others, which he found distressing. He could take pride in his achievements at Charterhouse as he fulfilled his ambitions in fostering important new projects: John Derry Technical Centre, a new music school (RVW – a national memorial to Vaughan Williams, R 1890) and Ben Travers Theatre, which was built after he left. There were also major academic, cultural and sporting achievements: in his last year a remarkable twenty-one awards were won at Oxford and Cambridge and a further twenty places were obtained. He regarded the quality of the teaching staff in Brooke Hall as exceptional and found the beaks very supportive when his wife, who had been a great support to him, died after a long illness in 1978. In spite of this tragic loss, Brian looked back on his time at Charterhouse with great affection. In his interview last year for The Carthusian with Mark Everett (B 77, GB 2008- ) he recalled the celebrations in 1977 to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Memorial Chapel, when the former and current Archbishops of Canterbury (Ramsay and Coggan) came to preach, as did all the extant former Headmasters of the School (Birley, Young and Van Oss). A remarkable and unique achievement in 1979 was the successful staging of an opera written by Charterhouse’s first Composer-in-Residence, Roger Steptoe – King of Macedon – for which Ursula Vaughan Williams wrote the libretto. Young professional singers took the leading roles and pupils and members of Brooke Hall formed the chorus. Geoffrey Ford directed and Bill Llewellyn conducted creating memorable performances.
The prospect of becoming headmaster of a third Clarendon school tempted Brian Rees in 1981 to accept the offer of the headship of Rugby School. A misleading brief from a governing body that was rather distant from the reality of the school and a misguided choice of confidants combined to make this a rather less successful period, which was cut short by personal problems.
Here began a difficult phase in his life, in which Brian Rees showed great resilience and fortitude in the way he grappled with manifold problems. The support of his children and friends and the marriage to his second wife Juliet gradually led to a new stability; he entered a phase of new creativity, writing on musical subjects close to his heart – producing a history of Stowe, very well received biographies of Sir Edward German, Camille Saint-Saëns and, very recently, a book about Reynaldo Hahn. He was already in failing health when he completed this project.
My final personal memory of Brian is a lunch party at the house of an OC. He and Juliet had been driven over by his daughter Jessica (S82). I had not seen Brian for nearly two years and the way in which physical disability had taken its toll in the meantime was noticeable. But his eyes sparkled and his intellectual powers were undiminished. Having caught up quite quickly on what had happened in both our lives during that period we were soon discussing Reynaldo Hahn. He broadened my musical understanding of the composer through the illuminating way in which he explained the influences of Massenet and Offenbach on him. I was also fascinated to learn how poems by Marcel Proust had inspired his piano suite Portraits de Peintres. During lunch Brian entertained us with a number of witty and humorous anecdotes. My first memory is of my interview, when he came across as rather diffident in personal contact, but very cultured and bright.
He was a remarkable man.
Ernst Ziillekens (BH 1979-2017)
Geoffrey John Raspin
1943 - 2016
Geoffrey John Raspin on 13 February 2016, aged 72
g LQ57 - OQ61
House Monitor, Member - Sailing Team
His father Peter and son John were both in Duckites (g32) and (g90).
He went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge and gained a PGCE at Leeds University. He established Grosvenor House School, Birstwith, North Yorkshire, in 1974 and was Headmaster until 2001 when it merged with Belmont Birklands; he continued as a Governor until 2005.
Among tributes published on the School’s website, a former colleague said: “Geoffrey created a happy and caring environment where children could develop into confident young people. He had a great sense of humour and was kind and generous and the pupils had utmost respect for him. He also looked after all of his staff very well. He was a fair, quiet man, who was known by the boys affectionately as "Bumble". Geoffrey took advantage of all situations. He was forward thinking and took an interest in computers from their early stage. He was adaptable and school lessons were notoriously cancelled in bad weather so all the children could go sledging down the field in front of school!”
A former pupil added: “As a boy growing up at Grosvenor House School, one always knew the Headmaster was nearby, before you could actually see him, by the aroma of pipe smoke in the corridor. The presence of the Headmaster did not instil any sense of fear, as it may have done in many a Prep School of that era, but instead it instilled a sense of reassurance. Mr Raspin had mastered the skill of commanding respect from his pupils, without being the strict disciplinarian. He was approachable, consistent and fair, which always got the best out of people - both pupils, and (I imagine) staff alike. Praise was given more frequently than it was deserved, to help his pupils gain confidence; and reproaches were rarely more than a meeting of your gaze whilst drawing on his pipe, and you knew at once you had to amend your ways. His sense of fair play and gentlemanly conduct permeated into a School ethos, both in the classroom and on the sports fields. The leadership and selfless commitment he showed to the School served as an example to all, and fostered a sense of loyalty and courage both physical and moral. The foundations he laid in the lives of his pupils can never be underestimated.”
He is survived by his wife Ruth, son John, a daughter and four grandchildren.
John Gilchrist Buchan Ford
1931 - 2016
John Gilchrist Buchan Ford on 12 February 2016, aged 84
g OQ45 – CQ49
His wife wrote: “Following school, John had compulsory National Service as part of the post war effort and was sent to Germany with the Veterinary Corps. He often said that the precision in which everything was carried out within this corps, set him up for life.
He began working as a stockbroker. Whilst successful, John had wanderlust for a better life and moved to Rhodesia where he joined a Finance Company.
At the age of 33 he led an organisation which became the largest finance company in central and southern Africa. With his gentle style and tough determination his company became the best performing finance company for many years – introducing the concept of hire purchase/leasing and many other finance packages into central and southern Africa.
John left Rhodesia due to the turmoil of independence in 1965 and ended up in Australia where he re-established himself in the finance world and created a new life in Sydney.”
He leaves Christine, his wife of 34 years, children; Jane, Stuart & Martin, along with 2 grandchildren. Another son, Duncan, pre-deceased him in 2006.
Peter John Carey
1946 - 2016
Peter John Carey on 6 February 2016, aged 69
P LQ60 - CQ65
Head of House, Cross Country Colours, CSM Army Section, Life & Literature Prize
His father Peter was in Lockites (L35) and two younger brothers were in Pageites, Jeremy (P69) and Tim (P76).
Oliver 'Otto' Fisher
1922 - 2016
Oliver 'Otto' Fisher (was 'Fischer') on 2 February 2016, aged 93
S LQ38 – CQ41
Extracts from some tributes at his funeral:
By his friend, Father Anthony Grant CR
“By 1937 Otto’s father Robert Fischer saw how things were going in Austria. He wanted the best education for his son, so sent the 15 year old with his charming non-English speaking Viennese stepmother Dina and the English tutor who’d been giving Otto lessons, to get a place at an English school. Otto thought his father was trying to get rid of him and did not want to go.
They met Headmaster Robert Birley and Otto was taken into Saunderites, the Headmaster’s own boarding House, and also into his family with his wife Elinor and their three daughters on the private side of the House. Otto absolutely loved it there and gradually became a committed anglophile.
Less than 2 months later German Nazi forces marched into Vienna, Otto’s father & stepmother were imprisoned. Otto was in despair, but the headmaster got straight on to the Old Carthusian Consul-General, “You cannot let the parents of a Carthusian smart in Hitler’s prison,” and visas for the United Kingdom were issued.
In 1940 after Dunkirk Robert Fischer took the family to the United States, but Otto was committed to his English education, and refused to go. Elinor Birley’s uncle General Sir John Davidson 60th Rifles came to stay and heard how he wanted to join the British army, but for an “enemy alien,” it was more than difficult. General Davidson fixed it up, and after a couple of years reading Law at Balliol, in 1943 Otto joined 60th Rifles, subsequently posted to GHQ 21st Army Group, and then to Counter-Intelligence, serving in Belgium, Germany, Holland and Austria, entering Vienna with the Allies.
After the war Otto returned to Balliol, graduating in Jurisprudence in 1948. Elinor Birley’s brother, Philip Frere was a highly successful solicitor. Another boy at Saunderites was Conrad Dehn (S45). Otto became articled to Dehn and Lauderdale, admitted to the roll of solicitors in 1953 as Mr Oliver Otto Fisher. In 1959 he founded his own firm Oliver Fisher Solicitors in London which continues today under his name.
His former partner Russell Conway writes:
“Otto was a passionate lawyer when most other lawyers were dry and interested only in fees. He cared very much for his clients and had a reputation for going the extra mile - sometimes the extra 10 miles!”
Otto was a founding shareholder of Notting Hill Housing Trust in 1965 and remained active and involved. He retired officially from his law firm in 1993 but continued as a consultant until the age of 80 and afterwards volunteered as a generalist adviser at Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau, only leaving aged 91 when they introduced a new computer system.
Otto married his secretary, Julia, in May 1963 and they had two children, Jessica and Andrew. The family remained close after the marriage ended and later when Otto bought his country cottage it was near to Julia and her second husband, and also to the Birley family home in Somerset.
A tribute by son, Andrew:
“My father was passionate, full of life, right up to the last. Despite his advanced years, his departure was so sudden that it has been a shock to us all. His wonderful eccentricities - when I was a child sometimes the source of acute embarrassment - became something I later learned to cherish.
He saw himself as the picture of British conventionality. Thankfully, that determined and warm-hearted spirit of his made him anything but. Our last ski trip together was in 2008 in Austria, when he was 85 years old. Despite his years, he remained determined to head up the mountain. Giving in to age would be admitting defeat and Dad didn’t do defeat. He applied that to everything. I admire that spirit, his determination, so often against the odds. He saw achievable possibilities when others gave up and so often he did so on behalf of others. That made my father who he was. What an extraordinary man and what an example to try and follow. Thank you, Dad, you are sorely missed.”
Extracts in honour of Robert Birley later written by Otto:
Thank you for the happy days in the Nursery with your two children full of life, for the carefree happiness and fun and influence this has had ever since, as to the precious pearl of family life, of delight in simple things.
Thank you for being a tower of strength in the years of the war. For being there when Hitler's bombs fell some yards away from the House over which you presided, when you ducked to share with the boys you loved the dangers of those days.
Thank you for being a tower of strength when one felt that, because of you, all would be well, all manner of things would be well; that defeat even in the darkest days of 1940 was unthinkable; that respect for freedom and the dignity of man would triumph, notwithstanding the skies towards London being lit up with an ominous red glow, and later the drones of the doodle-bugs and flying bombs—and even though the railway line below Charterhouse Hill bore the coaches filled with exhausted men rescued from Dunkirk, being brought back to their island fortress home, and when there was nothing there, other than You and Faith.
Thank you, Robert, for being there in the old chapel of the school when I was baptized as a Christian and you acted as my godfather, gave me the Bible inscribed with that beautiful copperplate handwriting of yours, for teaching me as you were reading out aloud in the larger chapel of the school the Scriptures which you loved and could expound in such a resonant, penetrating, yet warm voice that there was nothing that could separate us from the love of God.
Thank you, Robert, for the love you taught me of music, for the excitement of appreciating paintng, sending me off to look and stare at art galleries everywhere.
Thank you, Robert, for teaching me to withstand the Tyrant and for having instilled in me single-mindedness and a sense of what really matters. You lived and acted as you preached, as much later you lit so bright a candle in the new Germany, which still shines today, a resurrected renaissance Germany where your work has become history.
Thank you, Robert, for giving me the love for all that is best in England. Yes, thank you for allowing me to be touched by those values you communicated with that lively sparkle that lifted one out of introspection into an exciting living world, thrilled to listen, to learn—to forget oneself and try to serve.
1927 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1956 - 64
Ron Wolsey on 31 January 2016, aged 89
Brooke Hall OQ56 - CQ64
The son of a South Yorkshire coal miner, Wolsey failed the Eleven-plus but was accepted by Wath Grammar School on the recommendation of a teacher. In 1942 he left school at 16 to work in a factory as a junior aircraft inspector, but found this boring so returned to school. In 1947 he gained a first in physics from Birmingham University and then, instead of staying on to do a further degree and research, he trained to teach physics at secondary school level because he wanted to give others the chances he had had through education. His teaching career began in Yorkshire, where one of his pupils was Arthur Scargill. He moved to a teaching job in Chelsea, where one of his responsibilities was ensuring that teachers wore their hats to school. Here he witnessed corporal punishment and vowed never to use it.
Whilst teaching at the Methodist boarding-school Culford in Suffolk, RW trained to become a local preacher.
In OQ 1956 Ron Wolsey joined BH; he taught physics and threw himself into School life, running Radio Society and helping with Science Society outings, cross-country and scouts.
He and his first wife performed in the 1958 Brooke Hall play – 1066 And All That, based on the book by WC Sellar (BH 1932-51, Housemaster of Daviesites 1939-51) & RJ Yeatman: Mrs Wolsey was Anne Boleyn, while Ron played a barber and King George I. Three Wolsey children were born during Ron’s time at Charterhouse, and the family lived at 137 Peperharow Road.
In 1964 Wolsey decided that he must return to the state sector: why shouldn’t all pupils have similar opportunities as the privileged youngsters at private schools? He and his young family moved to Callington in Cornwall, where he became Head of the Grammar School. He made important and controversial changes, preparing the school to become comprehensive in an amalgamation of several schools; though he was invited to lead this new school (now a community college), he responded to a call to Norfolk in 1971, where he was appointed Principal at Wymondham College – the largest state-run boarding-school in Europe.
Ron Wolsey stayed for 21 years, during which time he modified life at the College whilst achieving a fine balance between tradition and the progress which should grow out of it. He amalgamated the two schools on the site – boarding and county grammar – into one College of 1,400 pupils, made all boarding houses fully co-educational, drove a major new rebuilding programme, and supervised the change to a non-selective intake. By 1984 the College offered 125 extra-curricular activities and 25 sports.
His greatest challenge came in 1984 when the College was faced with closure; his survival plan – including heavy fund-raising – saw Wymondham College achieving Grant Maintained Status in 1991, which allowed it the autonomy vital to its continuing success.
Jonathan Taylor, current Principal, has said: ‘I have been humbled by his achievements. The College was under threat of closure and Ron Wolsey managed to rally the support of not only the parents but staff and local businesses. He could have had a successful career in any walk of life but Ron chose a teaching career, because he wanted to give back to others. He will be sadly missed.’
Ron and his second wife Stephanie enjoyed 23 years of retirement in Sheringham.
Christopher James Peattie
1996 - 2016
Christopher James Peattie on 25 January 2016, aged 19
G OQ09 - CQ14
House Monitor, Member - Law Tennis Team
Christopher was an undergraduate studying engineering at Edinburgh University.
His relations in Gownboys include: his uncle Charles (G75), aunt Emily (G78), father James (G80), brothers Alexander (G12) and George (G16).
Owen John Tressider Rowe
1923 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1950 - 1960
Owen John Tressider Rowe on 25 January 2016, aged 93
Brooke Hall CQ50 - OQ60
Head of Classics
Owen Rowe was born in 1922 in South Africa, the eldest of three brothers. His father was a dental surgeon who returned to practise in Lymington in 1925 with his family. Owen went to King Edward VI School in Southampton (now King Edward’s) in 1933 and was appointed Head of School in 1940; he was also Captain of Football and a member of the cricket X1. He won a state scholarship and an open scholarship to Exeter College in Oxford where he was awarded a First in classics in 1942.
In 1942, he was commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment and joined the 7th Battalion as a platoon commander in A-company, taking part in the Normandy Landings. He was wounded – and, on recovery, rejoined his regiment as a pioneer officer in 1944. He saw further action in the Netherlands and Germany before resuming his studies in Oxford, where he was awarded a First in Literae Humaniores (Greats) in 1946.
His teaching career started in 1948 when he became a classics master at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He moved there with his new wife, Marcelle; their first child, Elizabeth, was born in Lancaster.
In 1950 he was appointed Head of Classics at Charterhouse and remained there until 1960. During his time at Charterhouse his second child, Anthony (H 68), was born. Owen was Commander of the CCF for six years, took an active role in coaching hockey, cricket and football and he enjoyed playing fives. He was also House Tutor of Lockites. He took an active role in the visit of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the School in 1957.
In 1960 he was appointed Headmaster of Giggleswick School in the Yorkshire Dales. Giggleswick was facing many difficulties, and in a short time Owen Rowe restored the school’s reputation with an increase in the size of the sixth-form, a marked improvement in academic results and a rise in the number of boys who proceeded to university and other places of higher education. During his time at Giggleswick he fostered many outdoor activities such as caving, and developed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; also new squash courts were built.
Owen instigated two major appeals at Giggleswick resulting in major building works including the building of Morrison House, opened by the Duke of Devonshire, improvements to Giggleswick’s prep school (Catteral Hall) and the construction of new kitchens. Owen Rowe was appointed Secretary of the NE division of HMC. He was very supportive of all the boys at Giggleswick, and Richard Whiteley (of Countdown fame) credited his headmaster with being responsible for obtaining a place for him at Cambridge.
In 1972 Owen Rowe was appointed Headmaster of Epsom College at a time of major change in the academic and material life of the College. He worked tirelessly at Epsom to improve facilities – including the building of a new house, science block, the music school, swimming-pool, an all-weather hockey pitch and a new mathematics, geography and computer complex. He was instrumental in the admission of girls in 1976 to Epsom College.
He retired in 1982 from Epsom but continued to teach classics at St John’s Leatherhead until 1987. He was governor of a number of local schools, including Rosebery, St John’s, and Downside as well as Welbeck College in Worksop.
After the death of his wife, Marcelle, in 1986, Owen continued to be involved in a variety of educational roles, including teaching English in a local prison, and assisting with reading in local primary schools. He was a member of the Rotary Club for over 50 years, serving in both Settle and Epsom and he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship. In the last ten years of his life he worked at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation Charity, retiring from this only two years before his death.
He was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government for his involvement in the liberation of France in the Second World War. Unfortunately the award arrived two weeks after his death, but his family was very proud to receive it on his behalf.
He died after a short illness in January 2016. He is survived by his son and daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Owen Rowe was a kind, hard-working and generous man who will be sadly missed by all those who came into contact with him.
David Frank Gibbs
1948 - 2016
Brooke Hall 1983 - 1989
David Frank Gibbs on 20 January 2016, aged 68
Brooke Hall OQ83 - CQ89
Head of Economics and Politics
David’s premature death, when he was only 68, is particularly sad as he and Philippa had only in the last few years moved to Wolvercote just outside Oxford where they were due to embark on a new phase of their lives together in a home that had belonged to Philippa’s late mother, but which was being substantially altered. He never lived to enjoy it.
When I wrote DFG’s valete on leaving Charterhouse in 1989, I suggested that a word that summed up his approach to schoolmastering was ‘energy’, and this was certainly the case in his subsequent career, initially as a housemaster at Haileybury and then as a very successful Headmaster of Chigwell School (1996-2007). In 2007, rather than simply gliding into retirement, David typically took up another post, this time as the Education Officer of the Skinners’ Company, a position in which he made a major contribution to the establishment of new Academies. He was latterly involved in the scheme to enable promising young people from Eastern Europe to come and benefit from a sixth-form education.
Besides his lifelong passion for sport, particularly cricket, he was an inveterate reader. He was the only person I knew who made notes on every book that he read. He wrote an excellent account of the involvement of the Skinners’ Company in education and also a history of the Woodard Corporation. In the last few years, he was writing a biography of Martin Aliker, a Ugandan statesman who might well have become President of his country.
David had that rare quality of being (genuinely) more interested in enquiring about the person to whom he was speaking than talking about himself. He achieved an enormous amount in his life. The sadness caused by the passing of their daughter Mary after a tragically short life was counterbalanced by the joy of having subsequently adopted two delightful sons, Tom and Matthew. His brief battle with cancer was particularly grim, but he was cheerful to the end, sustained as he was by a strong faith. When Rosie and I saw him a week before he died, he was typically positive in telling us how fortunate he’d been during his life and career. Everything he tackled he did with passion and enthusiasm. He was inordinately proud of his two sons, but grateful above all for the love and support of Philippa.
John Robey Cobbett
1930 - 2016
John Robey Cobbett on 19 January 2016, aged 85
D OQ43 - CQ48
His eldest son, Peter (D71), was in Daviesites, as were three Carthusian brothers, George (V40), Claude (D42) and James (D65) and nephews Patrick (D96), James (D96) and Andrew (D99).
His son Peter wrote:
“My father read medicine Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; his original intention was to become a general practitioner. However, during a short appointment as house surgeon at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, his career was "hijacked" as he was exposed to the speciality of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Subsequently, John became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and was appointed senior registrar and then Consultant in plastic surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital.
During his time as a senior registrar in the mid 1960’s, John started research into microvascular surgical techniques. Prior to the clinical application of his research, he was awarded the Moynihan Travelling Scholarship for travel to Japan, USA, and Canada to confer with colleagues also researching the possibilities of applying microvascular surgical techniques particularly to repair of traumatic injuries. Together John and those international colleagues developed techniques for surgeries which now appear almost commonplace including re-attachment of severed fingers and thumbs, toe-thumb transplants, and whole hand transplants. He retired in 1995. In recognition of his contributions, the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand elected John a "Pioneer of Hand Surgery" in 2010. His wife, Pamela (daughter of Alfred Bower (R13, the distinguished English International and Arthur Dunn footballer) predeceased him and he is survived by their three children Peter (D 71), Susan, and David and their families.”
Euan Alexander Aiken Watson
1932 - 2016
Euan Alexander Aiken Watson on 18 January 2016, aged 83
H OQ45 - OQ49
House Monitor, 3rd XI Member - Football, Athletics Colours
His daughter Susan Denning wrote:
“Euan was born on 5 February 1932 to Aiken and Greta, expat Scots who had settled in Barnes. Greta had travelled up to her old family home in Grantown on Spey in the Highlands for the birth and, despite only living in Scotland for a short time on the outbreak of war, Euan remained a patriotic Scot all his life.
As with so many of his generation, the war affected Euan"s early education but by the time he was 13 it was over and he entered Charterhouse. He had already developed a lifelong passion for Shakespeare and undoubtedly further study at Charterhouse contributed to the many fond memories he had of the school. He used his height to great advantage as a promising hurdler and returned to the school many times in later years for old boys" days. He was proud of his school and would often mention that such and such a public figure had been a contemporary of his.
On leaving Charterhouse Euan did his compulsory two years national service in the Royal Artillery, mostly in Northern Ireland and thankfully not in Korea. Then, instead of attending university, Euan joined the Amalgamated Dental Company on a three year management training programme. At the same time he joined Roehampton Club and there met Margaret Hall whom he married in 1956. The final part of the training programme involved a six month spell in the US and, a year after their marriage, Euan and Margaret sailed for New York. This was a happy time for both on them and reminiscences were frequent. Returning to England Euan"s two daughters, Susan and Jennifer, were born.
Euan remained with the same company throughout his career, often travelling extensively, until at the age of 60 he decided to retire. This left him time to pursue his many hobbies including tennis, Shakespeare, theatre and opera and voluntary work at the National Archives, and to indulge his two grandchildren to whom he was a defining figure.
Euan certainly lived life with great gusto and when he died friends variously described him as exuberant, vibrant, and full of life and energy. He was meticulous about everything he did and, while infinitely tolerant of the faults of those around him, prone to scathing utterances about others, particularly other drivers. His words about lane discipline still ring in his daughters" ears!
Euan"s decision to retire early was undoubtedly influenced by a diagnosis of lung cancer in 1988. Despite never having smoked, Euan lost half a lung and was told that statistically he should have died. He would have hated a long final illness and, although his death from a cerebral haemorrhage was unexpected and a huge shock to his family, they remain grateful that he lived the life he wanted right up to the end.
Sadly, Euan died just weeks before his 60 wedding anniversary and a few months before his granddaughter was married wearing a dress refashioned from Margaret"s.”
Brian George Stanley Harper
1930 - 2016
Brian George Stanley Harper on 16 January 2016, aged 85
D OQ43 - CQ47
Two sons followed him into Daviesites: Anthony (D75) and Jo (D78, deceased 2003).
He became an Insurance Broker and Loss Adjustor.
Philip Andrew Distin
1942 - 2016
Dr Philip Andrew Distin on 12 January 2016, aged 74
R OQ55 – CQ60
House Monitor, L/Cpl, CCF, 1st Orchestra, twice winner of Ehrman Prize
His lifetime friend for 68 years and former colleague Bill Vorley (R61) wrote:
“Phil was an excellent musician playing both the piano and organ, regularly playing in concerts and at services in Chapel. After Charterhouse he went to Imperial College, London where he studied Metallurgy gaining his BSc in 1963 and his PhD in 1967. Whilst studying Metallurgy in London, he also studied music, receiving an ARCM in 1965 from the Royal College of Music. In 1967 he moved to Canada to take a Post-Doctoral Fellow position at the Atlantic Regional Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada in Halifax where he continued his steelmaking research. In 1969 he joined INCO in Mississauga, Ontario; this was a turning point in his research career as he turned his interest from steelmaking to the hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals. In 1972, Phil accepted an offer from McGill University to join the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering as an Assistant Professor. Eventually he became an Associate Professor in the same department (now the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering) until 2002. At a McGill Faculty Council Meeting, a tribute was given by one of his former students Professor George Demopoulos: "Professor Distin served our department for 30 years by offering courses and conducting research in the area of hydrometallurgy and corrosion of metals. First and foremost, he was a teacher, committed to his students' learning through class room and laboratory instruction or one-to-one research supervision. I was one of those who personally benefited having him as my Master's and PhD thesis supervisor. As confirmation of his model commitment to teaching, he received the Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991. He authored & co-authored some 70 journal and conference publications. In addition and to his credit, he had several patents and technical reports prepared for industrial sponsors. His significant contributions to Metallurgical Engineering research included a wide variety of technical subjects but, of particular note, is his development of patented technology for recovery of platinum and palladium metals from spent converter catalysts that led to industrial application.
He really enjoyed his relationships with students and colleagues, always being available to answer their queries and share in his own unselfish manner his deep technical knowledge. He will be always fondly remembered for his gentle character, quiet dignity, quick wit, and sincere generosity by which he conducted himself as teacher, researcher, and colleague. He will be greatly missed.
Apart from his work and his interest in music, Phil remained fascinated by the history of British steam trains throughout his life. He enjoyed travelling near and far and when younger, was an enthusiastic skier, cyclist and hiker. Keeping in touch with friends in Britain remained important to him. Gentle and modest, he enjoyed life's humorous moments in his own quiet way. e is survived by his beloved spouse, Susanna.”
Brian Paul Arthur Graves
1922 - 2016
Brian Paul Arthur Graves on 8 January 2016, aged 93
V CQ36 - CQ41
School Monitor, 1st XI Hockey, 3rd XI Cricket and Football
His daughter, Sue Sharman, shared the summary of his life that Brian himself prepared:
“Upon leaving School, I was immediately called up and posted to the Royal Artillery, being commissioned into the Regiment a year later. I took part in the D-Day landings in France in 1944 and was involved in that campaign until VE Day, positioned close to the Baltic Sea near Lubeck. A posting to the Far East followed, to spend a year serving in the Indian Army.
After demobilisation in 1946 I joined my father’s firm, Graves Son & Pilcher, and studied for the professional examinations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors , passing the final exam in 1947. I became a partner of the firm in 1951 and senior partner in 1972, retiring in 1991 although remaining as a consultant to the firm until death.
In 1979 I was appointed a director of the Alliance Building Society and continued until 1992, by which time it had merged to become Alliance & Leicester.
In 1968 I became Chairman of the Sussex Branch of the RICS in its centenary year, and for a number of years served as representative of the county on the Council of that body. In spare time I was a member of Brighton Round Table no 10 and its Chairman in 1960. For over 30 years I belonged to the Rotary Club of Brighton and was a longstanding committee member of the Society for Housing the Elderly of Brighton and Hove & also Brighton Boys' Club.
At certain periods during my life I played hockey for Brighton & Hove Hockey Club and was a member of East Brighton Golf Club and the Grasshoppers' Lawn Tennis Club”.
Christopher Michael Botting
1952 - 2016
Christopher Michael Botting on 2 January 2016, aged 63
G OQ66 - OQ70
Foundation Scholar, House Monitor, Captain of Golf, 3rd XI Football, Athletics Team
During the 1970s and 80s he was an active member of the OC Golfing Society.
His daughter Charlotte Scroggie wrote:
“Dad read Mathematics at Sussex University and then qualified as a Solicitor. He worked in UK, Australia and Jakarta where he and was living at the time of his fatal heart attack. He frequently returned to UK and Australia to visit family and friends, many of whom were from his Charterhouse days. He continued to play and love golf throughout his life.”
A friend said at his funeral:
“Chris was a man with a unique spirit who brightened the lives of all that knew him. He loved Indonesia and most aspects of this world in which we live. He was a pillar of our golfing societies for over 30 years with his infectious enthusiasm and love of life. His incredibly sharp legal mind, when combined with his natural wit, helped to keep life in perspective and people in their place. He helped to establish the ideals of the ‘Jagorawi Jesters’ and fully embraced those ideals. He knew the rules of golf and life and lived by them, not a perfect man, but the heart and soul of the Jesters group. Chris will be remembered in many different ways by each individual.”
He leaves behind his wife Lanny in Jakarta and his three children and two grandchildren in Australia.
Norman Albert Bonham-Carter
1928 - 2015
Norman Albert Bonham-Carter on 7 December 2015, aged 87
G OQ43 - CQ46
Monitor, Athletics Colours (holder of School high jump record for over 20 years)
Two brothers Gerard (G48, deceased 2015) and Maurice (G65) were also in Gownboys, also a son David (G81), who wrote:
“Norman started a career in banking, before becoming articled to solicitors Thorold Brodie Bonham-Carter & Mason in 1950 and a Partner in 1959. They merged with Radcliffes & Co in 1973 and he retired from the firm in 1990, acting as consultant for a further three years. He was an Associate of the Institute of Bankers, a Council Member of the Law Society 1981-90 and President of Westminster Law Society. Owner of a vigneron near Bordeaux. Founder and President of the Solicitors' Wine Society, Officer of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and Commander Conference des Chevaliers, 2001. Chairman & Vice President of the Anglo-Belgian Society and past Chairman, Old Gownboy Association.
He is survived by sons David and Henry, daughter Miranda, sister Jill and brother Maurice.”
1936 - 2015
Boris Mollo TD on 18 December 2015, aged 79
R OQ49 - CQ53
Younger brother of John Mollo (R48, deceased 2017), uncle of Thomas (R90).
He did National Service with the 8th Hussars and joined the TA Royal Yeomanry.
Having inherited an interest in military history from his father, he became a well respected expert in his own right and authored several publications on military uniform and traditions, including Into the Valley of Death, British Cavalry Division at Balaclava, co-written with his brother John.
He was Deputy Director and Keeper of Records at the National Army Museum, Chelsea from 1966-1990. He was also curator of The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum at Hever Castle where the gallery containing the medals section was renamed in his honour as “a tribute to his vision and leadership”.
He died after a brief illness and is survived by a daughter, Eugenie.
Annabel Louise Hartnett Hodson
1971 - 2015
Annabel Louise Hartnett Hodson on 27 November 2015, aged 44
Full obituary pending.
David Myles Morris
1935 - 2015
David Myles Morris on 23 November 2015, aged 80
G OQ48 - OQ52
Member - Shooting Team
He went up to Christ Church, Oxford with a Holford Exhibition to read Classics and, after qualifying as a Solicitor , went into practice in Salisbury.
Stephen John Whitten
1932 - 2015
Stephen John Whitten on 12 December 2015, aged 83
H CQ46 - OQ50
Head of House
Brother-in-law of Nigel Hague (D48).
After Clare College, Cambridge he qualified as a Dentist and joined his father’s practice in Epsom, which he later took over and ran until retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Juliet, their three children and seven grandchildren.
Timothy Heap Hutchinson
1930 - 2015
Timothy Heap Hutchinson on 15 November 2015, aged 85
g OQ44 - CQ47
His elder brother Roger was also in Duckites (g42, deceased 2014). Related to OC Leatham and Gurney families.
Tim was born in Kenya where his father had been allocated undeveloped land at Fort Ternan under BEADOC (War Wounded) Settlement Scheme following WWI. His National Service was fulfilled in the Kenya Regiment and afterwards helped to run the family’s mixed farm. In 1953 he moved into the development, manufacture and marketing of Biogas and other alternative energy devices. The farm was sold in 1983 and he continued his workshop activities in Koru, becoming Managing Director of Tunnel Technology Ltd which won an International Millennium Golden Award. He was a long-serving member of the Board of Governors of St Andrew's School, Turi. He compiled and published The Kenya Up-Country Directory of Europeans who had been involved in the development of that nation; he also wrote the foreword to “A Very Different Land: Memories of Kenya from the Farmlands of Kenya”.
Francis Monck-Mason (H52) wrote:
“I first met Tim soon after my arrival in Kenya in 1955 and we have been friends ever since. He and his family had their farm not very far from where I was working. Tim was a remarkable multi-talented and charming person, with a nice dry humour and many interests and achievements. He was very well known and liked, which was amply demonstrated by the large turnout for his Memorial Service in Gilgil with people attending from far and wide.”
He is survived by his wife Rosemary, whom he married in 1961, and their family.
Michael Frank Hall
1928 - 2015
Michael Frank Hall on 30 October 2015, aged 87
His three brothers all pre-deceased him: Anthony (D44), Robert (D47) and David (D53)
Arthur Henry ("Bill") Miskin
1920 - 2015
Arthur Henry (“Bill”) Miskin on 20 October 2015, aged 95
G LQ34 - LQ38
House Monitor, 1st XI Member - Football
He served with 141 Regiment Royal West Kent Regiment, The Buffs, during WW2 and was awarded the MC. Initially articled to a firm of solicitors, he went into farming after the war, eventually retiring in 1974.
At the age of 94, accompanied by his daughter Jane Phelps, he was the oldest OC present at the Gaudy on Carthusian Day 2014, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Robert William Martin Lister
1925 - 2015
Brigadier Robert William Martin Lister on 17 October 2015, aged 90
Full obituary pending
Derek Brian Anthony Pappin
1930 - 2015
Derek Brian Anthony Pappin on 24 September 2015, aged 84
V OQ44 - OQ47
Bruce Edward Darby
1921 - 2015
Major Bruce Edward Darby on 2 September 2015, aged 94
B OQ34 - OQ38
House Monitor, Member - House Football
Full obituary pending.
Richard William Le Bas Rickman
1926 - 2015
Richard William Le Bas Rickman on 23 August 2015, aged 89
P OQ39 - CQ44
Head of House, 1st XI Member - Hockey
He went immediately to join the Buffs and served for the remainder of the War. Afterwards he joined the Colonial Administration Service, based in the Gold Coast, before working in the oil industry for Standard Vacuum in East Africa and Mobil in London.
In 1953 he went into teaching, first as an Assistant Master at Holme Grange School, then at Highfield Preparatory School. He moved to Sunningdale School in 1978 where he taught History and French and, as a keen games player himself, passed on his love of tennis and golf, before retiring in 1986.
He is survived by his wife Anne.
Richard Charles Cornes
1946 - 2015
Professor Richard Charles Cornes on 22 August 2015, aged 69
L OQ59 – CQ64
He read Social Sciences at University of Southampton, where he gained a First.
His academic career started as a lecturer at East Anglia University in 1969, before a first post at the Australian National University in 1972, where he stayed for fourteen years interspersed with visiting positions at University of Warwick, Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and University of Washington in Seattle. In 1996 he moved back to UK take a chair in Economics at Keele University, and four years later to the chair in Economic Theory at University of Nottingham. In 2006 he returned to Australia as an adjunct professor before taking up the FH Gruen Professorship and being honoured as Emeritus Professor on retirement in 2014.
His affiliation with the Australian National University lasted over 30 years; a tribute said:
“Richard Cornes was a pure soul, a model researcher and the type of colleague one dreams of. He was always ready to help and to make positive comments and intriguing questions. To former colleagues, he was a truly aggregative person and a stellar researcher who is missed every day. His scientific contributions will live on forever.”
Richard James Archer Gibson
1924 - 2015
Richard James Archer Gibson on 13 August 2015, aged 91
R OQ37 - OQ42
Head of House
Youngest son of Ivor Frederic Gibson (BH1920-50), Housemaster of Gownboys and Head of Classics. His brothers Ivor RD (H37) and John D (H40) are both now deceased.
His daughter, Julia, wrote:
“During WWll Richard served with the RNVR until his discharge in 1947. He went on to initiate careers in both dentistry and market gardening before becoming a member of Lloyd’s of London in 1953 where he worked for Willis Faber & Dumas, retiring from the company in 1982. His time at Charterhouse left him with an enduring love of music; he was a skilled pianist and organist and was passionate about opera, attending Glyndebourne annually until late in life. His dislike of the City was matched by his love of the coast and the countryside. He enjoyed the simple things in life; fishing for prawns, flat fish and mackerel off the Sussex coast, growing vegetables and in particular he enjoyed a passion for growing Ericaceae which he did commercially as a hobby. Other keen interests included bridge, cricket, horseracing and the stock market. He married Jean in 1957 and had four daughters. He and Jean continued to live in and around Godalming and in the last years of his life they could be seen walking almost daily around the Charterhouse grounds. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and six grandchildren.”
John Neil Perryer
1926 - 2015
John Neil Perryer on 2 July 2015, aged 89
V OQ39 – CQ43
Foundation Scholarship, House Monitor
His son Tom wrote:
“My father lived a very exciting, successful life working across the globe, with his last forty years in South Africa as Managing Director of Renold Chains. In his memoirs he wrote:
On leaving school in 1943 I was not called up for National Service, but was directed to study engineering at Loughborough College; I think the government was confident about the outcome of the war by this time and was looking to a future need for engineers. After the two year course I was given 3 alternatives - go into the army (presumably REME), go into the coal-mining industry and thirdly (and clearly the most attractive!) join an oil company. They sent me to the Iraq Petroleum Co and in September 1945 I started a year's training at various suppliers of drilling equipment and the only English oilfield near Newark, which actually used some of the relevant equipment for its exploration wells.
He died at home in Kloof, Kwazulu-Natal, survived by Sylvia - his wife of 63 years, a son, two daughters and two grandsons.”
Below is an extract from John Perryer’s memoirs with a more detailed account of his experience in 1947-48 in the oilfields of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Qatar, as read by his grandson James at his Funeral:
12th January 1947 - the start of the adventure - immediate destination Haifa, Palestine, but with no idea what was to come next. Blackbushe Airfield and a chartered Airwork Avro York. 42 IPC passengers, all (I think) new employees, nearly all of them ex-service men. The York was a very noisy plane - with its Lancaster bomber wing and engines, and there was no cotton wool for the ears on offer. As a result I had ear trouble for the first month or so. Our first stop was in Malta, where we were put up for the night at the superb Phoenicia Hotel, a good early sign of IPC's care for its employees! Next day, the 13th, we flew to Lydda Airport, near Tel Aviv, where we were loaded on to a bus (I don't remember any formalities at all). The night before, Jewish terrorists had blown up, I think it was the Jerusalem Post Office, and as a result there were several British Army road blocks on the road to Haifa. At each one we were unloaded, poked and prodded with rifles, and at at least one road block, forced into the ditch with our hands over our heads. This particular one (I don't remember whether it applied to all of them) was manned by 6th Airborne Division men, and they all thought we were a new batch of Jewish immigrants! I had befriended a chap (Dick Abbot) who had been a major with them at Arnhem, where he'd been badly injured and, I think, traumatised as well, as he had a terrible stutter. He was beside himself with fury - these were his men treating him like dirt and he couldn't find the words to tell them who he was! Anyway we arrived at Haifa and were put up at the Windsor Hotel, an excellent smallish family hotel on the sea front. After 2 or 3 days we were all split up and went our various ways (most onwards to pipe line stations and Kirkuk, the field HQ, and the rest - only 3 or 4 of us - to exploration drilling sites. I was driven, with 3 or 4 others - not from the new intake- to Tripoli, in the Lebanon, in a Humber Pullman (typical IPC staff transport!) along the Mediterranean coast via Beirut - a really beautiful drive, but somewhat spoilt for me because on looking through the rear window to wave goodbye to my friends at the hotel I saw my tin trunk sitting on the pavement! It took several weeks to catch up with me.
Tripoli was where the northern pipe line ended (the southern one going to Haifa) and was also the Exploration Division's HQ. I was to work there later - in 1949/50, but this time only stayed a day or two before being sent on to Aleppo, to join the Syrian Petroleum Co subsidiary of the IPC in drilling the first exploration oilwell of the post war era in the IPC's territory, (which encompassed, besides the main oilfield at Kirkuk, areas around Mosul in the north and Basrah in the south of Iraq, plus Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine and Qatar and the Trucial Coast in the Persian Gulf.) Transport for this sector was by Railcar - a relic of the French days - powered by a marvellous Bugatti Royale engine, sitting up in the middle of the car; Ettore Bugatti had made far too many of these in the thirties, thinking he was going to sell more than the 7 Royales - the largest passenger car ever built- for which he actually found buyers. The surplus found their way into these railcars around the French empire. The fascinating journey took all day, at one point, at which I don't remember any formalities, crossing from the Lebanon into Syria. We passed Homs and Hama, notable for their enormous water wheels, and saw the first beehive house villages, which were so typical of Syria in those days (nowadays, as we found when we went back in 2002, they've almost all gone, with one village remaining as a show site).
In Aleppo the whole crew, 40 or so of us, were put up at the city's prime (in fact the only decent) hotel - the Hotel Baron. This had been established by an Armenian family (the Mazloumians) at the start of the century to cater for wealthy European visitors to the Orient - the Orient Express in those days became the Taurus Express for the journey from Istanbul through Turkey and across the Taurus mountains to Aleppo, - and was suitably furnished and fitted out. We took over the whole hotel and lived like kings (incidentally Lawrence of Arabia stayed there - an unpaid bar bill is displayed as a memento of his visit - as did Agatha Christie who wrote Murder on the Orient Express in the room in which Sylvia and I subsequently stayed when celebrating our golden wedding in 2002, while her husband , the renowned archaeologist, Sir Max Mallowen, searched for ancient artifacts locally, many of which are now in the Aleppo museum. While I was there (for my 21st birthday incidentally) someone arrived, whom I subsequently- years later in fact- discovered was on the run from the Irgun Zvai Leumi or the Haganah, or both. He was Roy Farran, late of the 3rd Hussars, whose book, Winged Dagger, mentions it though the fact that I took him to the local night club was not included. While we were constructing the actual drilling rig, up near the Turkish border at Bafloun, among the vineyards (which on our 2002 visit we discovered had been completely replaced by olive trees) we were shuttled to and fro, the 30 miles or so, in the regulation Humber Pullman, until a drilling camp had been built on an ex-RAF airfield nearby at Minnakh, to which most of us moved when actual drilling was about to start, in about April 1947).
Half way through the year I was moved to the next drilling site, which was out in the middle of the Syrian desert - about as big a contrast as one could imagine to the idyllic setting under the grapevines at Bafloun. Here I shared a Nissan Hut with two water well drillers, air conditioned only by a screen of shrubbery fitted into the end wall facing the prevailing wind, if any, with water dripped through it. Actually quite effective. The water came in a tanker from Aleppo, until a local supply, vital to the drilling process, was achieved by the time the well was ready to be "spudded in". I supervised the erection of the derrick and the installation of the little camp power station (2 Dorman 100 HP diesels) and we spent our spare time exploring the surrounding desert in our International pick-ups. We discovered the ancient Roman city of Ressafeh, abandoned many centuries ago when the desert advanced and water supplies, up till then arriving from the north via an impressive aquaduct and stored in immense underground cisterns, became inadequate. Since our 'discovery' of it, Ressafeh has become quite a tourist site, with a tarmac road connecting it to the main highway between Aleppo, Deir-es-Zor and ultimately Northern Iraq. We used to see large herds of gazelle and the occasional wolf (and one day awoke to a flock of storks taking a break in their southward migration). This fairly idyllic existence went on until I was transferred to Qatar, with the only communication with our base in Aleppo being a weekly supply truck - often held up while crossing the featureless desert -, no radio even, evenings were spent in the Nissen Hut playing the guitar -the Scots driller was an expert on the Hawaaian guitar and I accompanied him amateurishly on my Spanish version (useful for sing-songs in the all-male establishments throughout IPC territory. When we tired of that we threw darts at the centipedes (araba-wa-arabein -Arabic for 44 being their actual number of legs) and scorpions) . The second water well driller, a New Zealander, spent his time making model wheelbarrows, of which he already had a trunk full, the sale of which was going to fund his retirement years. The wheel and frame were made from petrified wood, of which he'd found a source in the desert nearby, with the body beaten out from copper sheet. Rather extraordinarily, when we came to Durban for the second time in 1969 and related this tale to a friend, we were told that a New Zealander, who had sold model wheelbarrows, had just died here. And he presented us with one of them.
Aleppo to Qatar - December 1947
The first leg was by Humber Super Snipe pick-up - with sand tyres - to Damascus, where I took passage by Nairn bus across the desert to Baghdad. This, the only land service between the two cities, had been started after the First World War by 2 New Zealand ex-servicemen, with an ordinary town bus fitted with sand tyres which drove across virgin desert, braving the attacks of bandits, who were rife in the area. The bus carried stacks of old newspapers and sometimes drove into Baghdad with its passengers, stripped of all their possessions including their clothes, sitting there, wrapped in newspaper. The service throve, nevertheless, and after the second World War the 2 Nairns had a very special bus purpose-built for them - a massive tractor with 2 Cummins diesel engines, towing an articulated passenger section that looked a bit like the fuselage of a Junkers 52, with corrugated aluminium construction, aircraft style seating, air-conditioning plus loo, and a galley from which a steward dispensed soft drinks. It travelled across the desert at 70mph through the night, making 2 stops, at the frontier post where I remember bribing the customs officer with a tin of 50 Players not to examine my luggage too closely (not that I can remember having anything nasty to declare - I think it was just the thing to do!) and at Rutbah Wells, arriving in the centre of Baghdad in the early morning. I was met - the Company's efficient organisation was rather taken for granted - and transferred to the Sinbad Hotel, a very posh establishment on the Tigris, with a large deck from which one could observe the goings-on on the river and its banks (including the not-so-pleasant morning 'ablutions' of most of the male population, which meant that you had breakfast inside!). There I met and was rather taken in hand by a young man named Bushrod Brush Howard, the son of a director of Standard Oil of New Jersey (22½ percent owners of IPC), who had been sent over to get some experience. At that time it consisted of looking after the wellbeing of a seismic crew out in the desert. From the comfort of the Sinbad he would pay them sufficient visits to keep them supplied with caviar and alcohol, and I think he rather welcomed doing the same for me. Anyway I ate superb steaks, topped with Caspian caviar and for a couple of days was shown all the sights of Baghdad, including the quite interesting night-life, before being ushered on to the overnight train to Basrah. This was quite the most superb train I had travelled on - two first class sleeper coaches and a restaurant car (I actually don't know if there were any other coaches). My day compartment was shared with the Italian wife of the Chief Engineer of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co at Abadan - a princess in her own right. Sadly I was never able to take up her offer of visiting them! In Basrah I was taken to the Basrah Petroleum Co's mess (the IPC subsidiary where in 1950 I was in charge of testing the new oil wells of the Zubair field as they were completed. In 1947 there wasn't yet any drilling activity, but I was later on involved with a well being drilled at Nahr Umr on the banks of the Shatt-el-Arab a little way north of Basrah, which produced beautiful iridescent green oil, but sadly not in enough quantity to warrant production,so it was filled up with cement - I wonder if it's been opened up since!). This mess was in a fine house on one of the main squares and while I was there - I know I didn't dream this because it was confirmed by our friend here, John Cartwright, since deceased , but at that time working in a shipping agency in Basrah, but I'm not entirely sure whether I actually experienced it or was so overcome by the horror of the event that it became imprinted on my memory - early one morning the residents in the mess were awakened by sounds of hammering from outside, followed by the noise of soldiers going up on to the roof of our building. The hammering was from the erection of a scaffold in the square and the soldiers had set up machine gun posts on the roof. At 7.30 a train of cars arrived and a little man was dragged out, stood on a chair and hanged. He was an influential Iraqi jew, named Barudi, who had been sentenced for espionage and having exhausted all avenues of evading execution, couldn't believe they were actually hanging him. But it happened!).
Basrah to Qatar
The penultimate segment of the journey was on about the 21st December 1947 by BOAC Flying Boat (a Short Sandringham, I think) which flew from the Shatt-el-Arab to Bahrein, flying low over the Persian Gulf, passing Kuwait, where a lot of oil derricks could be seen). It was only a 2 hour or so trip, but remains my only flying boat experience. On leaving the plane and being taken in the launch to the landing stage I saw a large pile of baggage, including Christmas parcels and childrens' toys and learnt the tragic news that the incoming flying boat from Karachi had mistaken the top of the morning sea mist for the water surface and landed on it, nose-diving straight in, killing all aboard (except one passenger, I have only just (20.6.06) learnt from a friend - Fritz van Zyl, who was working in Bahrein for the Bahrein Petroleum Co at the time). I believe this accident was the eventual reason for a stricter control of the flying hours permitted for flight crew, the crew involved having been on duty for so long that their judgment may have been affected.
The next night remains in my memory as being one of the most uncomfortable ever! It was spent at the RAF Muharraq camp in non air-conditioned accommodation at (literally)100ºF and almost 100 percent humidity, and I spent most of the night immersed in the camp's tiny, green, swimming pool which may have been a degree or so cooler. Next morning I was glad to get aboard my final transport, an Arab Dhow. 3 of us were taken across the narrow strait between Bahrein and our camp at Dukhan on the west coast of Qatar, a journey that should have taken 3 or 4 hours, but which, because of a storm that blew up, took much longer. I suppose it wasn't more than 7 hours, but it felt like a lifetime! Some of the time was spent trolling for fish from the stern - without success.
I was in Qatar for Christmas 1947 and until the end of 1948 when I spent a short time in Tripoli before 3 months' home leave but more of that anon!
Peter George Paxton
1931 - 2015
Peter George Paxton in July 2015, aged 83
S CQ45 - CQ49
House Monitor, 4th XI - Football, Maniacs and Swallows Cricket
His wife Shirley wrote: "My husband died from cancer. He always spoke highly of Charterhouse and his happy time there - he kept up with many great friends he had made there until his death."
George Desmond Victor Wright
1926 - 2015
George Desmond Victor Wright on 30 June 2015, aged 89
H OQ39 - CQ43
House Monitor, 2nd XI Member - Hockey, Athletics Colours
His father was also in Hodgsonites.
Desmond served with the Gordon Highlanders, attached to 1st Bn QO Cameron Highlanders during WWII.
He farmed sheep, cattle and trout at Withiel Florey in Somerset. Predeceased by his wife Bess, he leaves a son Roscoe, daughter Fiona and three grandchildren.
Thomas Wallis Glenny
1921 - 2014
Lockites & Bodeites 1940
Thomas Wallis Glenny on 5 December 2014, aged 93
L&B OQ35 – CQ40
Both of his sons were in Lockites, Guy (L74) and Toby (L77).
“My father had the unusual experience of attending two houses at Charterhouse. For most of his career he was in Lockites, but when it was temporarily closed during the war, he moved to Bodeites, where he was a Monitor. In the autumn of 1940 he attended Trinity Hall Cambridge to study Rural Estate Management where he joined the Royal Artillery section of the University Corps. After only a year he interrupted his studies to join an officers training unit in Catterick North Yorkshire and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1942.
He initially joined a regiment serving as a rapid response group to possible enemy landings in Northern Ireland, but subsequently moved to northern England to train for the allied invasion. He landed on the Normandy beaches around two weeks after D-Day, and campaigned with the Allied forces in France, Holland and Germany until the German surrender in May 1945.
He was then informed that he was to go to the United States to train for the invasion of Japan. However this was forestalled by the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Instead he found himself on a steamer from Marseille to Alexandria to join a peacekeeping force in Egypt and Palestine where he witnessed the birth pangs of the Jewish State. It was not until 1947, after 5 years in the army, that he returned to Cambridge to finish his degree and 2 years later when he started his first civilian job in Leighton Buzzard.
In 1952 he married his wife Audrey, and moved to the Isle of Wight where he became a partner in the local firm of Way Riddett & Co, Chartered Surveyors. He was a well-known figure to the Island's farming community through his agricultural work, and involvement in running the annual fat-stock show, agricultural show and ploughing match. He had diverse interests including architecture, art and antiques, and a great passion for gardening. He also enjoyed travelling in Europe, and latterly to Australia where two of his children have settled.
In retirement he remained active in the Island community joining committees for the local hospital, the Red Cross, the Church and Abbeyfield Homes.
He is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren.”
Richard David Forbes Watson
1925 - 2014
Richard David Forbes watson on 12 April 2014, aged 88
P CQ39 - CQ43
School Monitor, 1st XI Captain - Football, 1st XI Vice-Captain - Hockey, 1st XI Member - Cricket
His older brother John was also in Pageites (P40) and nephew Anthony in Verites (V72).
From School he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, serving on minesweepers until the end of WWII. While up at Christ Church, Oxford, he represented the University at football, hockey and golf.
He was a member of the OC Golf Society for many years and a member of their victorious Halford Hewitt team in 1949 which Rugby 3-2 in the final.
He became a Director of the brewing firm Josua Tetley & Sons of Leeds (now part of Allied Lyons).
Philip David Froomberg
1925 - 2014
Philip David Froomberg on 12 February 2014, aged 89
B OQ38 - CQ43
He served in the RN Voluntary Reserve during WWII. His business career was in clothing and textile manufacturing, as Chairman & Managing Director of Allan A Carswell Ltd. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 for voluntary service to the Merton branch of the SSAFA Forces Help charity.
Charles Alistair Michael Swanson Hennessy
1926 - 2013
Professor (Charles) Alistair Michael Swanson Hennessy OBE, in December 2013, aged 87
D OQ1940 - LQ1945
School Monitor, 2nd XI Hockey, 3rd XI Cricket, Scholar of Hertford College, Oxford, DPhil at St Anthony’s College, Oxford
Alistair was one of the University of Warwick’s founding academics; he joined the History Department shortly after 1965 and retired as one of its longest-serving members. He contributed to the establishment of the School of Comparative American Studies and later played a leading part in founding the Centre for Caribbean Studies.
As an inspirational teacher to generations of students, he made a huge contribution to widening the scope of American Studies in the UK and published many books, essays and articles. In 1994 he donated The Hennessy Collection to the University if Nottingham, a unique archive of Cuban periodicals spanning the 1960s to the 1990s.
His wife, Daphne, survived him with their son Mellor
Tributes from Warwick and former colleagues from other universities can be found at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/news/hennessy/
Nigel Glendinning Woodwark
Nigel Glendinning Woodwark on 21 July 2013, aged 63
W OQ63 - CQ68
1st XI Member - Cricket and Football, 3rd XI Member - Hockey, School Monitor
The Worshipful Company of Turners (magazine issue 39) wrote:
“After many years" brave battle against the insidious creep of Parkinson"s disease, Nigel slipped quietly and uncomplainingly away. He became a Liveryman in 1973, joined the Court in 1990, and by 1997 had reached the office of Renter Warden. The other members of the Court knew of the progression of Nigel"s illness and felt that it would be fitting for him to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Sir Stanley Woodwark and father, Richard Woodwark. The Court, therefore, decided that he should be accelerated into the Mastership in 1998. Nigel, however, having been told on medical advice not to engage in any mental nor physically challenging roles, as to do so would hasten the development of his Parkinson"s disease, declined the appointment and retired from the Court, being made an Honorary Assistant. His inability to accept the office of Master was both a personal and a family disappointment.
Nigel was a man of gentle manner committed to the Company, its management and the projects, that were being formulated at that time, to promote the Art and Craft of Turning. His counsel was valued and his announcement that he had to resign from the Court, in order to engage in a quieter and less stressful life, was received with great sadness.
Some one hundred family members, friends, sporting and business colleagues gathered in Norwich for a service of celebration. Chosen representatives addressed different facets of Nigel"s life - but all spoke consistently of the high-quality contribution or advice he provided, whether to his extensive family or in his work as finance director for Eversheds solicitors.
His sporting ability and leadership were spoken of, at Charterhouse and beyond, in both football and cricket, and the lifelong friendships established from his early years living in Ealing. Not least were the several mentions of his forthright attitude, his unfaltering good nature, and his acute sense of humour accompanied by an infectious giggle!
Subsequently, reminiscences were swapped, initially in a local pub and then after repairing for refreshments on a gloriously hot summer"s day to his home in nearby Saxlingham Nethergate. Here, we were made very welcome by his family, and where Lyn Woodwark"s extensive and beautiful garden, so enjoyed by Nigel, was much admired.”