Sir Robin Gillett (39-43)

Sir Robin Gillett (39-43) died on 21 April 2009. After 10 years with Canadian Pacific, he moved to Lloyds. In 1977 he was elected Lord Mayor of London in1977, the Queen’s silver jubilee year. He was always a devoted OP and was Chairman of Governors 1978-91. His two sons are OPs, Nicholas 69-73 and Christopher…

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David Smiley

DAVID SMILEY (30-34) died on January 8th, 2009, at the age of 92. He was a retired Colonel who commanded the Royal Horse Guards (the Blues). During an extraordinary cloak-and-dagger military career he received numerous awards including the MC and bar, OBE, LVO, Knight Commander of the Order of the Sword in Sweden and Grand…

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Paul W Greening

PAUL W GREENING (42-45), Rear-Admiral, GCVO and Master of the Royal Household 1986-92, died on November 5, 2008, aged 80. He commanded the Royal Yacht Britannia in her heyday 1981-85. Lengthy obituaries were published in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. After Pangbourne Paul joined the Royal Navy as a special entry cadet in 1946.…

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Michael H Wise

MICHAEL H WISE (42-45) died on November 4, 2008, aged 81. He left the NCP to join the Army as the war was ending and spent his career in the Grenadier Guards ending up with the rank of Major. At one point he was based at the HQ of the Household Divisionj in the Horse…

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Peter A Pinkster

PETER A PINKSTER (44-48), Captain RN, died on August 28, 2008, aged 77. He gained his first command in an MTB and then a minesweeper. After promotion to Commander, he commanded Ariadne and later the aircraft carrier Eagle. In 1975 he was promoted Captain and served as Naval Adviser in Canberra, Australia. On retirement he…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Richard B S Purdy

RICHARD B.S. PURDY (40-44) died on July 9, 2008 in Gloucester Hospital. Known as Dick, he was awarded the OBE for his work in the Colonial Service in East Africa. On leaving Pangbourne he served in the RNR for three years. After completing his Colonial Service career as the Trade Agent in Malawi, he returned…

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Ben C P De Putron

BEN C P DE PUTRON (84-89) died suddenly on July 2, 2008, in Sydney, Australia, after an asthma attack. Ben left Pangbourne as a keen artist with a special interest in music and photography. After a short spell studying Film Studies at Swansea University, he returned to Reading and Henley organising gigs and playing in…

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