Pangbourne Vocab

Further to Mike’s post many of those terms where applicable in my time 74-81. I remember also Official Rec (Recreation) Rig (Blazer/Paravucini with white shirt) and Unofficial Rec Rig, which was the same but with the option of a solid coloured shirt. If my memory serves me correctly this was worn when leaving the College…

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Pangbourne Vocabulary #2

We must not forget “Lids” for caps, “Grids” for bicycles, “Crystal” for what was the Loo – now the Library), “Mush” for a recent starter at the College, “Nervy” for an obstreperous junion cadet, “Congers” for Sunday service practice held on Tuesdays (I think), “Gobbo” for the mess hall steward and “Gobbo Duty” for those…

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J.B. Sievier (57-61)

Joe was unable to attend Founder’s Day 2011 as he hoped. Instead he was in hospital undergoing a quadruple by-pass heart operation. He is now (September) “better by the day… walking and doing everything ‘in moderation’. My wife’s favourite sayings are: “No” and “You are not allowed that and if you were, certainly not as…

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Pangbourne Vocabulary #1

I remember the use of the word “peg” to describe the court martials we had, administered by the Cadet Officers (C.O.`s). You either got “cuts” (caned), or C.P. (corrective punishment). New cadets were called “mushes”, (pronounced mooshes). You were generally a “mush” for the first two terms at the college. The community areas in the…

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TIM MCCARTHY (39-43)

Tim McCarthy died in July at the age of 85. Tim McCarthy was a Cadet Captain during the World War 11 era at the NCP and occasionally attended the four-year reunions of 1943 CCs organised by Trevor Turner. He left the NCP in 1943 and served in the Royal Navy in during the war. After…

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C.J.LAWRENCE (47-51)

Christopher Lawrence, a well known car design and development engineer, died in August 2011. Born in 1933 Christopher had “an early addiction for motor cycles and golf” according to an obituary published on his company website www.lawrence-tune.co.uk from which this account is taken. Influenced by his mother and an uncle, he opted for a career…

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J.V.H. DRUMMOND (38-41)

Captain John Drummond died in mid-2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. John Drummond left the NCP and joined Union-Castle shipping line. After war service with the company, he eventually moved to the East African and later the South African harbour services as a pilot. According to an article in the Cape Times in July, 2011,…

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Paul Lawrence (03-08)

After graduating from Hull University with a 2:1 in Law in 2011, Paul has begun his Training Contract with Pitmans LLP, the largest law firm in the Thames valley with offices in Reading and the City of London. In parallel he is studying at the College of Law at Moorgate in the City of London,…

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Pangbourne vocabulary

OPs help requested in compiling a collection of unque College words and phrases. For a forthcoming feature in the OP Magazine and for inclusion in the illustrated history of the College which is currently in preparation, OPs are asked to send in any unique Pangbourne words that they may recall together with their equivalent in…

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