A.G. Husband (65-68)

A.G. Husband (65-68), who writes under the name of Allan Cameron, has produced another book. Titled “Can The Gods Cry” and dedicated to the memory of his English teacher at the NCP, Desmond Walker – “a veteran of the ‘unforgiving years’ whose wife and children were killed in the Blitz but whose humanity was never…

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Richard Waldron (52-56)

Artist Richard recently held an exhibition “Art in the City” at Painter’s Hall in the City of London and another show of his work with the Dorking Group of Artists at Denbies vineyard gallery. Richard works in acrylic, pastels, oil, watercolour, charcoal, conte and pen and ink and is happy to demonstrate or tutor groups…

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Robin Paterson (69-73)

Robin Paterson (69-73) appeared in the columns of the London Evening Standard in August in connection with a new development that he is planning on the private Caribbean island of Petit St. Vincent. According to the newspaper report, Robin has teamed up with a Texan and paid “about £10 million” for the island. The plan…

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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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