Neil Langford (40-42)

Neil Langford (40-42) died on October 23, 2008, aged 83. Neil Langford left the NCP during the war to join the Union Castle line and was soon involved in Operation Torch carrying troops on “Llangibby Castle” to land in North Africa. Later he transferred to “Durban Castle” where he joined his friend John Lester (38-41).…

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F I D MacDowel (38-41)

F I D MacDowel (38-41), a Cdr. RN, died on September 16, 2009, aged 85. His brother Barney writes: “Ian retired from the Royal Navy as a Commander (Engineering) in 1973 and settled in New Zealand, a country he and his wife loved. There he worked for the Auckland Dockyard Authority and later as a…

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Philip Bach (81-88)

An OP from the 1980s, Philip Bach (81-88), let us know in March that he still had a job with ING in London but that the credit crunch had hit the bank hard and he was hoping to get through the next nine months unscathed. Philip had recently renewed acquaintance with Matthew Way (82-87) who…

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Rory Copinger-Symes (79-86)

OPs in Afghanistan in 2009 included Rory Copinger-Symes (79-86). In May he returned to the UK after a six month tour as Deputy Chief of Staff in Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines. “It was a tough time…but I think we moved the campaign forward,” he wrote while adding that the Marines had sustained a…

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Roderick Line (72-75)

Roderick Line (72-75), sent a newsy letter from Lewes where he lives. After Pangbourne he joined T&J Harrison as an engineer cadet and spent five years in the MN. In 1980 he switched to the RAF and flew a variety of military aircraft for 16 years before moving into commercial aviation in 1997. Over the…

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Nick Devereaux (70-73)

Nick Devereux (70-73) got in touch to report that in January he completed 35 years in the world of metals and commodities. “Where has the time gone?” Recession, he wrote, “is taking its toll of some of our customers but life goes on.” Meantime William Creasy (71-74) let us know in February that he had…

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Simon Marriott (64-68)

One of two letter-writers from the 1960s, Simon Marriott (64-68), responded to Nick Knollys (62-67) who had wondered in Issue 39 about OPs who had served in the Sultan of Oman’s armed forces. “Add my name to the list,” he wrote. “I completed two tours: January 1975–September 1976 with the Armoured Car Squadron; and June…

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Jeremy Sanders (56-60)

Jeremy Sanders (56-60), Chairman of the Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel Trust, sent some musings to Steve about his time at the NCP. Reading that Garth Morrison (56-61) had become a Knight of the Thistle, he wondered if this was a unique distinction for someone who played rugby for England Under-15s. Jeremy’s contemporary, Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59),…

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Malcolm Mackenzie (52-55)

Malcolm Mackenzie (52-55) wrote from Athens to request a new OP tie and to explain how he came to go to the NCP – “a serious error in principle” according to his father who believed that boys wishing to go to sea should first achieve a university-level education. At the time of writing Malcolm was…

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