A.R. Gleadow (52-54)

Lt. Cdr. Andrew Gleadow RN (52-54)  died on 22nd October 2017 after a painful illness bravely borne – he was ten days short of his 79th birthday.  He leaves a widow Marion. His friend Peter King wrote the following obituary in Fly Navy, the journal of the Fleet Air Arm Officers’ Association:   “Andrew left…


R.J. Fidler (44-48)

Commander Robert James Fidler (44-48) MBE RN  died peacefully on January 20th, 2018, aged 87. A funeral service will take place at Wessex Vale Crematorium, West End, Southampton on February 7th at 12.15pm.


Cdr. Fidler sent his son Simon to the College from 1977-82. At this time, we have no further information.

R.D. Small (Hesperus; 76-81)

The wife of Richard Small (76-81), Jennine Heymer Small, informed the OP Society from Australia in January 2018 that her husband died suddenly on December 3rd,  2017. She wrote: “Richard was a kind and gentle man who has left behind 15 year old twin girls.”




C.J. Stevenson (52-56)

      Colin Stevenson (52-56), who died in December 2017, was at Pangbourne between 1952 and 1954 and “was an active participant in all College activities,” writes Ben Brundell (53-56).  “A keen cricketer, he was an aggressive fast bowler, a strong swimmer and a more than average student. He had a good voice and…


Peter Broke-Smith (54-59)

    Peter Broke-Smith (54-59) died of cancer on January 3, 2018. He was 76 and after time in the Merchant Navy with Port Line became a shipbroker in the City of London.  His lifelong friend Timothy Rayment (54-58) writes:   “I took my seat in Devitt House in September 1954 and sat next to Peter…


V.V.W. Fretwell (19-21)

      Recently, a researcher digging into the history of Shanghai Rugby Football Club in the1920s and 1930s, compiled the following account of the life of Victor Vause Winser Fretwell (19-21). A distant relative of Victor Fretwell’s, Louise Pether, in Australia kindly sent us the article which is copyrighted to Simon Drakeford. Victor Fretwell…


Martin Brooke-Taylor (45-49)

    Martin Brooke-Taylor (45-49) died in March, 2006 and his obituary, written by Lionel Stephens, may be read in the About Us > Obituaries 1917 – 2016 section of this website.   Recently, a reader contacted us to alert OPs to a lengthy tribute to Martin published by his local paper the Buxton Advertiser soon…


R.G. Covington (40-43)

Richard Guy Covington (40-43), a retired Commander RN, died on 10th August 2016. We learned of the news from an item in Navy News.   During his Naval career he served in HMS Bermuda 1945-46, HMS Kenya 1947, HMS Nigeria (1948-50) HMS Excellent 1951 and in  HMS Kent, Tenby, Phoenicia, Vigilant, Carron, Rampura and Tyne…


William Percy Adams (39-42)

  W.P.C. Adams (39-42; Hesperus) died in Vero Beach, Florida, USA on October 18th, 2017 as we were informed by his daughter Alison Kishbaugh. He was 92. He left a wife Margaret, three sons and a daughter. He spent much of his life in real estate development in the United States and had a lifelong love…


David Kent (39-43)

      David Kent (39-43) passed away peacefully in New Zealand on the 2nd October, 2017, as we were informed by his widow Margaret. Mrs. Kent wrote: “He had been failing in health for quite some time and needed rest, but he leaves a huge gap. He was in his 92nd. year so had…