MICHAEL J. BYRD (43-46)

Michael Byrd (43-46) died on St. George’s Day April 23rd, 2013, aged 83, after many years spent valiantly combating poor health. His funeral was held on May 15th at St. George’s Church, Beckenham. Michael arrived at Pangbourne in 1943 from a boarding school in Wales. In three years at the College he achieved a great…

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Jamie Lonsdale (72-77)

After a “model” career at Pangbourne Jamie joined the Royal Navy. He married Laura, a school friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1984. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph in May, the marriage broke down in 2010. Subsequently the Lonsdale estate at Kingston Lisle Park in Oxfordshire was put up for sale…

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M.L. STARKEY (45-49)

Michael Law Starkey (45-49)  died in Sydney, Australia, on April 19th 2013, aged 83. He leaves his wife, Maureen, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kevin Brown (46-49), a contemporary of Michael’s at the NCP, represented the College at his funeral service. At the Nautical College Michael was in Hesperus Division and…

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The College at 75

4th Former Tom Armstrong wrote this poem (below) titled ‘Jubilee’ in 1992 to mark the College’s 75th anniversary: “Pangbourne College is seventy five The spirits are high, the staff still alive, Old in foundation and loyal to the Queen, And the hardy traditions of merchant marine. “Up here on the hill the Band marches still,…

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ANDREW SIMPSON MBE (90-95)

Andrew Simpson (90-95), the British Olympic and world championship gold medal-winning sailor, drowned in San Francisco Bay on May 9th, 2013, while training for the 34th America’s Cup races later this year on the Swedish-backed catamaran Artemis. He was 36 and is survived by his wife Leah and their two young sons. Andrew, known to…

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Bruce Fair (1980s) – France

Barney Spender, OP Rep in France writes: “I just received this note from Bruce Fair who is keen to hook up with OPs in France. I asked him to give me more info about his travels but suggest you contact him directly. Also, for those on Facebook, please remember there is a FB Page for…

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Liveried OPs at the curry lunch

Thirteen OPs attended a curry lunch on board HQS Wellington in April, 2013, and shared their CVs. Here they are: Stephen Taylor: For my part, I joined NCP in May 1955, Port Jackson with E Beet, and then onto Macquarie. Leaving Easter 60, I went to Dartmouth, and had a full career in the RN,…

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MICHAEL ATKINS (1926-2013)

Michael Atkins died peacefully in Grove Court Nursing Home, Woodbridge, Suffolk, on March 28, 2013, aged 87. Following the death of his wife Jill on January 3rd, 2013, his health deteriorated rapidly but he remained upbeat and independent to the end. Michael joined the academic staff at the Nautical College in 1957 as master in…

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