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).…


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…


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…


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…