William A D Phipps (49-52)

William Phipps (49-52) died in 2009 at the age of 73. Bill Phipps (49-52) had a remarkable life as revealed in an obituary published in The Daily Telegraph. Born in Berlin in 1936 where his father was British Ambassador, he liked to recall that he had been dangled on Hitler’s knee. Apparently his German nanny…


John RM Platt (35-40)

John R M Platt (35-40) died of cancer in 2008. John Platt was Chief of the College in 1940 and won the King’s Gold Medal that year. He spent most of his career in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Commander, and was awarded the OBE. After the Navy he worked for 11 years…


George A Stone (34-37)

George Stone (34-37) died on January 7, 2009, aged 87. A good athlete, George played in the 1st XV at the NCP. In 1941 he enlisted in the RAF, becoming a pilot. After the war he moved into civilian aviation and joined BEA as a pilot, staying there until he retired in 1974. His final…


Peter E H Thomas (33-37)

Peter E H Thomas (33-37) died on January 19, 2009.

After Pangbourne Peter went in to the RAF where he flew Sunderland flying boats during World War 11, was awarded the AFC and reached the rank of Wing-Cdr. He retired in 1970 and moved to Cornwall.

John M Turner (44-47)

John Turner (44-47) died in June, 2008, just three weeks after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. John’s wife Barbara writes: “After Pangbourne John worked his apprenticeship with the South American Saint Line, moving later to Ellerman City Lines. While working for Ellerman he had a forced stay of several months in Aden due to…


Peter Wilding-Davis (50-53)

Peter Wilding-Davis died on April 6, 2009, in Langley, British Colombia, Canada, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The OP Rep in British Colombia, Richard Swinburne (53-57), writes: “Peter left the NCP in 1953 aged 17 and went directly into the MN as an apprentice officer with The Cunard Steamship Co. On completing…


R G Woodward (29-32)

Robert G Woodward (29-32) died on July 6, 2009, aged 94. We have no details of his wartime career ,but by the time Bob retired from the Royal Navy in 1960 with the rank of Cdr. he had commanded eight destroyers or frigates. He moved from Devon to Chorleywood and worked in London for the…


John F Adams (43-45)

John F Adams (43-45), a Captain RNR, died in 2008 as we learnt when his magazine was returned “deceased.” On leaving Pangbourne, he joined the Harrison Line, later moving to the British Rail fleet based in Dover. He took command in 1965 and then became a Marine Superintendent in London. He did not care for…


John M Baynham (25-27)

John M Baynham (25-27) died in November, 2008, aged 97. John’s father Walter was a cadet in the training ship “Hesperus” who became a Ship Master with the Orient Line. John’s nephew Jeremy Daniel (52-55) and his son Christopher Daniel (78-83) attended Pangbourne, so there are now four generations in this family to have had…


George H Boswell (47-51)

George H Boswell (47-51) died on June 28, 2009, aged 75. His friend and contemporary at Pangbourne Christopher Daniel writes: “At Pangbourne ‘Boz’ proved himself to be a good all-rounder with a love of swimming and boxing. The atmosphere at his family home in Seething encouraged him to become a loveable eccentric, full of life…