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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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).…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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John F Adams (43-45)

John F Adams (43-45), a Captain RNR, died in 2008 as we learnt when his magazine was returned “deceased.” On leaving Pangbourne, he joined the Harrison Line, later moving to the British Rail fleet based in Dover. He took command in 1965 and then became a Marine Superintendent in London. He did not care for…

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John Faber (38-41)

John was educated at the Nautical College in the late 1930s, becoming a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve at the age of 17 and serving as a young officer in the Indian Navy during World War II. After the war he joined a London-based advertising agency. John was educated at the Nautical College in…

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Hugh G H Tracy (26-29)

Rear-Admiral Hugh G H Tracy CB DSC (26-29) died on 7th September, aged 96. Hugh Tracy was the eldest son of Cdr AFG Tracy, Captain Superintendent of the Nautical College 1921-35. After leaving Pangbourne, he took a degree in Marine Engineering. In 1941 while still only a Lieutenant, he was appointed senior engineer of the aircraft…

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W.Colin Rimmer (60-71)

W.Colin Rimmer, Lt Cdr RD RNR, Executive Officer 1960-71, died in June 2009, aged 80. He was appointed by Captain Lewis specifically to maintain the MN image of the then Nautical College. As a former P&O Officer, Colin was ideally suited for this role. In no time he established an MN Information Room and taught…

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