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 Broke-Smith (54-58).…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bryan Matheson (34-36)

      Bryan Matheson (34-36) who died on September 21, 2017, aged 97 was an actor, playwright and theatre manager who spent the final 27 years of his life in Denville Hall, the home for retired actors in Northwood, London. Someone who worked with many of the leading performers and directors of his era,…

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Keith Hiscock (68-73)

  Keith Russell Hiscock (68-73) died suddenly at the age of 62 in Hastings, New Zealand on 26th April 2017. His sister Carol May writes: “Keith left Pangbourne College in 1973, having represented the school in rowing in the 1st V111, rugby in the 1st XV, and gymnastics, particularly cutlassing. He emigrated to New Zealand…

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Cyril Boxwell Williams (1917-1919)

Recently we received the following email message from Phil Williams in Australia:   “In this the centenary year I thought that it may be of interest to you that my uncle Cyril Williams (17-19) was the number two cadet when the College first opened.   My uncle was the youngest of four brothers. His three…

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T.A. Bennett (41-45)

    Thomas Anthony Bennett (41-45) was born in Holbeach on 29th July 1927 and died 1st August 2017 aged 90.   His son John Bennett writes: “My father was at the Pangbourne from 1941-45 and then went into the Merchant Navy with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Whilst in Auckland, New Zealand he met…

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