R.N.D. HORNBY (50-54)

Lt. Col. R.N.D. Hornby died early in 2012 after a determined fight against cancer. A Memorial Service was held on 10 February at Urchfont church, near Devizes in Wiltshire and was attended by a large congregation. An obituary pubished in The Gunner magazine stated in part: Nick Hornby was the son of the Headmaster of…


Percy & Simpson step up

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (90-95) geared up for the Star world championships in early May with a gold win at a windy World Cup regatta at Hyeres, France at the end of April. The Olympic champions, in only their second World Cup regatta of the year, dominated the five-day event and led going into…


A.G. Husband (65-68)

A.G. Husband, who writes under the name of Allan Cameron, has a new book out in paperback in July – ‘On the Heroism of Mortals.’ He was brought up in England, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and has lived in Italy for many years. His writing reflects these cosmopolitan roots. His first novel, The Golden Menagerie –…


OPs at Shipwrights dinner

Nigel Hollebone (59-63) was at a Shipwrights dinner at Drapers Hall at the end of April and wore his OP bow tie. He didn’t need to! Other OPs in attendance included retired shipbroker Anthony Hopkins (38-42) looking 20 years younger than his age, Jeffrey Evans (61-66), Charles Du Cane (53-56), Sean Gay and Charlotte Butterworth…


Tim Everard (48-52)

From the NCP to the RN and a career mainly spent in SMs either in the Med or Australia, leaving the RN in Jan 77 I joined the RAN as a contract officer and spent 8 years with their SM service. Retiring I was an early organic avocado farmer in Qld. for three years before…


Macquarie Division, 1958?

Like many others, I’ve much enjoyed reading reminiscenses of Pangbourne. I found an old photograph of the inmates of HMP Macquarie, which I have sent to Steve for display (as I can’t seem to download it). Many of those mentioned can be identified. My own memories of College life split vividly into two extremes. The…


Wear the OP tie!

Four OPs of varying vintages bumped into each other at the National Maritime Museum in late-April – and recognised one another because two of them were wearing the OP tie. Merrick Rayner (68-73), Jeffrey Evans (61-66), Christopher Daniels (47-51) and Nigel Hollebone (59-63) were all attending the opening of the Royal River exhibition by HM…


William Pickering (97-03)

Will went to the University of Wales, Bangor, after Pangbourne and studied Marine Zoology. In February 2008 he joined the RAF and has been flying as a pilot since then. Earlier this year he attended a Morgan Stanley Military Open Day in preparation for a possible move back to civilian life later in 2012.

Rob McAllister (96-01)

Now a Captain in the Army, Rob is planning to move into civilian life, possibly in banking, in 2013. After Pangbourne he went to Oxford Brookes (2001-04) and then RMA Sandhurst (2006). He spent 2008-09 learning Arabic. In 2011 he served in Iraq as part of the NATO Training Mission

R.A. SWANN (58-62)

Robert Swann, a well-known British supporting actor, died on April 17th, 2006, aged 61 as recently reported to the OP Society. Robert Swann never hit the high spots during an acting career lasting more than 40 years. But his all-round ability and talent for menacing performances meant that he was frequently cast as a villain…