Donald W Mitchell

DONALD W MITCHELL (50-53), a Captain RN, died on January 14, 2008. After the NCP and Dartmouth Don served in the West Indies. By 1960 he was married and based in Malta serving as 1st Lt. on HMS Ocelot. Passing the famous ‘Perisher’ course, he then joined FOSM’s staff at Gosport and was part of…

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Denis Frank Griffin

DENIS FRANK GRIFFIN (31-33) died on January 10, 2008. He was 92. He joined P&O as a member of its head office staff. When war broke out he joined the 27th Lancers. He was soon given a commission and served for six and a half years in England, France, Egypt and Italy. After the war…

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Patrick N Hamilton

PATRICK N HAMILTON (40-41) died on January 8, 2008, aged 84. He served with British tankers during World War 11 and later moved in to teaching and writing, becoming primarily an artist. By 1970 he had moved to Italy where he became Secretary of the Florentine Trust. In 1979 he held an exhibition of his…

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Thomas G Briggs

THOMAS G BRIGGS (35-38), Captain RN, died on January 4, 2008, aged 86. Tom left Pangbourne to join the Merchant Navy. In the Second World War he served throughout as an RNR officer. He was sunk four times including off Iceland, in mid-Atlantic and finally off Algiers when the rescuing ship itself was sunk by…

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Knighthood for Garth Morrison

GARTH MORRISON (56-61) receives a Knighthood from the Queen. In February it was announced that GARTH MORRISON (56-61) had been received by The Queen at Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty “conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of…

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John Henry Wilkinson

JOHN HENRY WILKINSON (40-41) died on December 8, 2007, in Southend Hospital at the age of 83. He had a tough war at sea in the Merchant Navy and was invalided out in 1945. John then worked for India Rubber Gutta Percha Co. in the sales department, based in Essex for a time before joining…

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Andrew Weller

ANDREW WELLER (90-93) died suddenly of a heart attack on November 30, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. Andy had married Aranya, a successful Thai business executive, in 2004. A daughter Jemima was born in 2006. He had a burning curiosity about the world and a passion for people, especially the underdog. So he travelled throughout Europe,…

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Maurice Melsom

MAURICE MELSOM (30-32) died in July, 2007. He joined Union Castle after the NCP, served in the Royal Navy during World War 11 in submarines and corvettes, reaching the rank of Lt. Cdr., and was Mentioned in Despatches after bringing an American ship safely to port. After the war he rejoined Union Castle, gaining his…

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Frederick C Oppen

FREDERICK C. OPPEN (20-21) died in Ottawa, Canada, on May 5, 2007. Aged 100 he was the oldest OP at the time of his death. His early career was in the Merchant Marine and the Chinese Maritime Customs. In 1931 he was appointed Master Mariner. At the time of the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong…

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