Robert Strang (OP 41-43)

Robert Strang died on 28th October 2009. After leaving Pangbourne, he went to agricultural college in Somerset and in 1948 started to farm in Cornwall, near Liskeard, and spent the rest of his career building up and extending the farm. He was also a member of the Royal Observer Corps until it was disbanded in…

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Tony Hepworth (OP 50-53)

Tony Hepworth died peacefully at home in Lavenham Suffolk on 20th February. Tony Hepworth was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, and after schooling at Wheelwright Grammar School won a scholarship to Pangbourne in 1950. Later, as a 16-year old cadet he gained a place at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He became an Executive Officer in…

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Stuart J Robertson (56-60)

Stuart J Robertson died in Montreal, Canada in September 2009.   He was 65. After leaving the Nautical College, Stuart moved to Canada in 1964 and worked in Montreal’s fashion industry for more than a decade before changing direction and opening an indoor gardening and lighting store. He developed a deep interest in gardening and in 1981…

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Victor Francis Pym (38-43)

Victor Francis Pym died on 27 December 2009, aged 85. At his Thanksgiving service at Bolney, many tributes were paid to this talented and devout man. On leaving Pangbourne, Francis served in the Navy and in 1944 commanded an MTB guarding the Scheldt estuary, as Allied shipping supplied armies advancing from Antwerp. On release, having…

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Charles Meredith Inigo Jones (27-29)

Colonel Charles Meredith Inigo Jones (27-29) died on December 17, 2009, aged 97. He was the third oldest Old Pangbournian at the time of his death. A Service of Thanksgiving was held in the London Scottish regimental chapel at St. Colomba’s Church of Scotland, London SW3, on January 28, 2010.   Robin Knight, President of the…

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Ben Hamilton (26-28)

Second oldest OP dies in Canada Ben Hamilton, Lt.Cmdr RCN (Retired), Master Mariner, died age 99 at Annapolis Royal Nursing Home in Nova Scotia, Canada, on January 6.   He was born in England in 1910. He completed his education at Pangbourne Nautical College, where he trained for the merchant service, and then served in the…

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Roger Wilfred Morris (40-42)

Commander Roger W. Morris OBE died in 2008. Roger Morris left the NCP in 1942 and joined the Royal Navy as a rating aged 17.5 years. He served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic theatres during World War 11, including on the convoys to North Russia and the Normandy landings. Promoted to the officer corps in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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