Anthony Hayes (51-55)

After a full 43-year career in Air Traffic Control which started in the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, at sea in various aircraft carriers and subsequently with the Civil Aviation Authority, mostly as an Airways Radar Controller at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Weswt Drayton, I retired some four years ago to Pewsey in…

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Roger Wilfred Morris (40-42)

Commander Roger W. Morris OBE died in 2008. Roger Morris left the NCP in 1942 and joined the Royal Navy as a rating aged 17.5 years. He served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic theatres during World War 11, including on the convoys to North Russia and the Normandy landings. Promoted to the officer corps in…

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Last Devitt & Moore ship under threat

‘City of Adelaide’ clipper ship threatened with demolition What is probably the last Devitt & Moore ship in existence, the clipper ship ‘City of Adelaide’ which carried free British settlers to Australia in the 19th century and returned to the UK carrying wool, has been threatened with demolition by the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) which…

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OPs v College (Girls’ Hockey)

First Hockey Match a success Girls OP Hockey has been in the balance for many years, however, this year we finally organised a date and played a match against the current 1st 11. We managed to drag along a few old faces, (leavers of 2005 through to 2009), of which a few probably hadn’t seen…

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OP Society reception for Olympic gold medal winner

The OP Society celebrated Andrew Simpson’s (90-95) gold medal at the Beijing Olympics at a reception on board HQS Wellington in London on November 30th.   More than 60 OPs and their guests were present at a reception on board HQS Wellington, moored alongside the Victoria Embankment in central London, on the evening of November 30th.…

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A.B. Brian Goord (25-27)

Commander Brian Goord (25-27) died on May 8, 2009, in Christchurch, New Zealand, just ten days before his 98th birthday. Brian Goord was born in London in 1911 and educated at the Nautical College. He then served in the New Zealand Shipping Company until 1935 when he joined the Royal Indian Navy having been selected whilst…

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Tom Cottrell (42-45)

Tom S Cottrell (42-45) died on October 8, 2009. Tom was one of four brothers to attend the NCP, all based in the Isle of Wight. On leaving Pangbourne, he joined Clan Line but after achieving Third Officer rank left the sea and spent the rest of his working life employed by an engineering development…

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Richard Mitchell (63-68)

Richard is working in the Ministry of Defence “in a challenging and interesting post providing advice on maritime capability – quite suitable after 35 years of warfare appointments in the RN,” he says. He meets OPs from time to time “but not as many as in the past. Having bought a new OP tie recently…

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OP Society remembers

Wreaths laid by OP Society in memory of OPs who gave their lives for their country Remembrance Sunday 2009 was a notable occasion. A packed congregation in the Falklands chapel took part in the service which was coloured in many minds by the ongoing war in Afghanistan. At least three OPs were known to be…

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C T H OLNEY (52-55)

Tim Olney (52-55) died on December 29, 2008, aged 69. Geoff Rae (53-56), Tim’s friend for nearly six decades, writes affectionately that both of them were in Hesperus and shared a love of dinghy sailing. “We didn’t always see eye to eye, but in important things in life we were never in dispute. I truly…

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