A.B. Brian Goord (25-27)

Commander Brian Goord (25-27) died on May 8, 2009, in Christchurch, New Zealand, just ten days before his 98th birthday. Brian Goord was born in London in 1911 and educated at the Nautical College. He then served in the New Zealand Shipping Company until 1935 when he joined the Royal Indian Navy having been selected whilst…


Tom Cottrell (42-45)

Tom S Cottrell (42-45) died on October 8, 2009. Tom was one of four brothers to attend the NCP, all based in the Isle of Wight. On leaving Pangbourne, he joined Clan Line but after achieving Third Officer rank left the sea and spent the rest of his working life employed by an engineering development…


Richard Mitchell (63-68)

Richard is working in the Ministry of Defence “in a challenging and interesting post providing advice on maritime capability – quite suitable after 35 years of warfare appointments in the RN,” he says. He meets OPs from time to time “but not as many as in the past. Having bought a new OP tie recently…


OP Society remembers

Wreaths laid by OP Society in memory of OPs who gave their lives for their country Remembrance Sunday 2009 was a notable occasion. A packed congregation in the Falklands chapel took part in the service which was coloured in many minds by the ongoing war in Afghanistan. At least three OPs were known to be…


C T H OLNEY (52-55)

Tim Olney (52-55) died on December 29, 2008, aged 69. Geoff Rae (53-56), Tim’s friend for nearly six decades, writes affectionately that both of them were in Hesperus and shared a love of dinghy sailing. “We didn’t always see eye to eye, but in important things in life we were never in dispute. I truly…


William A D Phipps (49-52)

William Phipps (49-52) died in 2009 at the age of 73. Bill Phipps (49-52) had a remarkable life as revealed in an obituary published in The Daily Telegraph. Born in Berlin in 1936 where his father was British Ambassador, he liked to recall that he had been dangled on Hitler’s knee. Apparently his German nanny…


John RM Platt (35-40)

John R M Platt (35-40) died of cancer in 2008. John Platt was Chief of the College in 1940 and won the King’s Gold Medal that year. He spent most of his career in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Commander, and was awarded the OBE. After the Navy he worked for 11 years…


George A Stone (34-37)

George Stone (34-37) died on January 7, 2009, aged 87. A good athlete, George played in the 1st XV at the NCP. In 1941 he enlisted in the RAF, becoming a pilot. After the war he moved into civilian aviation and joined BEA as a pilot, staying there until he retired in 1974. His final…


Peter E H Thomas (33-37)

Peter E H Thomas (33-37) died on January 19, 2009.

After Pangbourne Peter went in to the RAF where he flew Sunderland flying boats during World War 11, was awarded the AFC and reached the rank of Wing-Cdr. He retired in 1970 and moved to Cornwall.

John M Turner (44-47)

John Turner (44-47) died in June, 2008, just three weeks after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. John’s wife Barbara writes: “After Pangbourne John worked his apprenticeship with the South American Saint Line, moving later to Ellerman City Lines. While working for Ellerman he had a forced stay of several months in Aden due to…