William A D Phipps (49-52)

William Phipps (49-52) died in 2009 at the age of 73. Bill Phipps (49-52) had a remarkable life as revealed in an obituary published in The Daily Telegraph. Born in Berlin in 1936 where his father was British Ambassador, he liked to recall that he had been dangled on Hitler’s knee. Apparently his German nanny…


William F Charter (43-46)

William F Charter (43-46) died on July 28, 2009, aged 80 after a long battle with cancer. Bill Charter (43-46) OBE, Cdr. RN, served a full career in the Royal Navy, latterly with SACLANT in Norfolk, Virginia. He retired in 1982 when he was awarded the OBE. Bob Fidler (44-48) represented the OP Society at…


John RM Platt (35-40)

John R M Platt (35-40) died of cancer in 2008. John Platt was Chief of the College in 1940 and won the King’s Gold Medal that year. He spent most of his career in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Commander, and was awarded the OBE. After the Navy he worked for 11 years…


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).…