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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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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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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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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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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