John H Clutterbuck (26-29)

John H Clutterbuck (26-29) MBE died in the autumn of 2008 aged 96. Although John enjoyed his time at the NCP Jhe did not make the sea his career although he served in the RNVR during the war in a destroyer in the Norwegian campaign and in HMS Ark Royal in the Malta convoys. At one…


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…


Rex A Cole (43-46)

Rex Cole (43-46) died on January 8, 2009. His brother, Cdr. David Cole (46-50), writes: “Rex joined Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company as an apprentice in 1946, gaining his Second Mate’s Certificate three years later. Deciding the sea was not for him, he left the MN only to be caught up by National Service which he…


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…


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).…


Peter Wilding-Davis (50-53)

Peter Wilding-Davis died on April 6, 2009, in Langley, British Colombia, Canada, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The OP Rep in British Colombia, Richard Swinburne (53-57), writes: “Peter left the NCP in 1953 aged 17 and went directly into the MN as an apprentice officer with The Cunard Steamship Co. On completing…


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…


R G Woodward (29-32)

Robert G Woodward (29-32) died on July 6, 2009, aged 94. We have no details of his wartime career ,but by the time Bob retired from the Royal Navy in 1960 with the rank of Cdr. he had commanded eight destroyers or frigates. He moved from Devon to Chorleywood and worked in London for the…