William F Charter (43-46)

William F Charter (43-46) died on July 28, 2009, aged 80 after a long battle with cancer. Bill Charter (43-46) OBE, Cdr. RN, served a full career in the Royal Navy, latterly with SACLANT in Norfolk, Virginia. He retired in 1982 when he was awarded the OBE. Bob Fidler (44-48) represented the OP Society at…

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John H Clutterbuck (26-29)

John H Clutterbuck (26-29) MBE died in the autumn of 2008 aged 96. Although John enjoyed his time at the NCP Jhe did not make the sea his career although he served in the RNVR during the war in a destroyer in the Norwegian campaign and in HMS Ark Royal in the Malta convoys. At one…

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Rex A Cole (43-46)

Rex Cole (43-46) died on January 8, 2009. His brother, Cdr. David Cole (46-50), writes: “Rex joined Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company as an apprentice in 1946, gaining his Second Mate’s Certificate three years later. Deciding the sea was not for him, he left the MN only to be caught up by National Service which he…

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Neil Langford (40-42)

Neil Langford (40-42) died on October 23, 2008, aged 83. Neil Langford left the NCP during the war to join the Union Castle line and was soon involved in Operation Torch carrying troops on “Llangibby Castle” to land in North Africa. Later he transferred to “Durban Castle” where he joined his friend John Lester (38-41).…

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F I D MacDowel (38-41)

F I D MacDowel (38-41), a Cdr. RN, died on September 16, 2009, aged 85. His brother Barney writes: “Ian retired from the Royal Navy as a Commander (Engineering) in 1973 and settled in New Zealand, a country he and his wife loved. There he worked for the Auckland Dockyard Authority and later as a…

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Philip Bach (81-88)

An OP from the 1980s, Philip Bach (81-88), let us know in March that he still had a job with ING in London but that the credit crunch had hit the bank hard and he was hoping to get through the next nine months unscathed. Philip had recently renewed acquaintance with Matthew Way (82-87) who…

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Rory Copinger-Symes (79-86)

OPs in Afghanistan in 2009 included Rory Copinger-Symes (79-86). In May he returned to the UK after a six month tour as Deputy Chief of Staff in Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines. “It was a tough time…but I think we moved the campaign forward,” he wrote while adding that the Marines had sustained a…

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Roderick Line (72-75)

Roderick Line (72-75), sent a newsy letter from Lewes where he lives. After Pangbourne he joined T&J Harrison as an engineer cadet and spent five years in the MN. In 1980 he switched to the RAF and flew a variety of military aircraft for 16 years before moving into commercial aviation in 1997. Over the…

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