OPs in Australia

Richard Strachan (58-62; OP Rep in Victoria) reports some OP sightings from Oz and other OP communications: “During a recent visit to Sydney I again met up with Ian Stanway (56-60) at a lunch party with mutual friends. He’s now retired following an illustrious career at sea, most recently in command of rather large oil…



Lt. Cdr H.C. Lipscomb RN (46-49) died peacefully at Westacre Nursing Home, Winchester, on January 4th 2013. It is planned to commit his ashes to the sea by the Royal Navy in Portsmouth on May 8th, 2013 which would have been his 81st birthday. His son Christopher writes: “My father went into the Royal Navy…


A memorable hymn

“I wonder if anyone else remembers the words and tunes of this hymn or knows anything about it,” writes Arthur J.D. Coxon (41-44). “It was in the Chapel hymn book when I was at the College. I remember it so well but have never come across it anywhere else. I sing it to myself!” Great…



Michael Hayes (48-51) died recently as reported to the College. He was 74 and unmaried and lived in Rustington, near Littlehampton, in Sussex. Lionel Stephens writes: “I remember Michael Hayes well and met him in the 1980s. He joined the Merchant Navy with the British India Line as a Purser. Years later he became a schoolmaster…


William Pickering (97-03)

After four years and 110 hours of flying, on 1st March 2011 I was informed that I was being made redundant by the Royal Air Force. Initially I attended several courses and careers fairs to determine what to do next. Whilst at a management careers fair I approached a number of companies and talked through…


OP helps OP find a new job

As we enter another difficult year when identifying and forging a career, or even just finding a job, is more important than ever, OPs might be interested to learn that The Liquid List (informal monthly networking meetings) is entering its 19th year of activity.  For the last 18 years these events, organised by OP Mike Nicholson…


Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59)

Ewen spent most of 2012 researching and writing a new book, tentatively titled “The Battle Britain Lost: Exocet 1982″. Ostensibly, the book concerns the story of the French Exocet, air-launched, anti-ship missile deployed in 1982 by Argentina during the Falklands campaign. But as Ewen makes clear in the Introduction, the work is also “a narrative…


N.D. Pascoe (45-49)

Neil Pascoe (45-49), a retired Lt. Cdr. in the Royal Navy, died early in January, 2014.

Commander Pascoe lived in Kalchrenan, Argyll, Scotland. We have no other details. He lost contact with the OP Society in the 1970s.

Colin St. Clair-Ford (52-56)

Sir Colin St. Clair Ford died peacefully at his home in Somerset on 3rd December, 2012. A Service of Thanksgiving was held on 18th December at St. James’s Church, East Lambrook. After the NCP, Colin worked for a time in the brewing industry. He became the 8th Baronet in August, 2009, but had had no…


David Ogden (63-67)

David is now living in the Philippines but plans to move back to Cyprus in the Spring of 2013 and live in the Paphos area. After leaving the NCP in 1967, he joined the Royal Navy and served four years. From 1983-94 he worked for Occidental Petroleum. He then worked in North Sea oil logistics…