Michael Johnson (59-63)

Captain Michael Johnson RN (59-63)  died peacefully at home in Fareham on June 6th, 2015 after a long illness. A Tribute given at his funeral stated in part:   “Michael was born in Exeter in 1945 into a naval family with generations of naval Captains. Inevitably he had a peripatetic childhood following his father’s appointments…

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H.A. Campbell (44-47)

His neice Sally Gregor writes:   “My uncle, Hugh Campbell was a past member of the Nautical College, Pangbourne during the war years until approximately 1947. Sadly, he passed away last September aged 84. He lived in Noosaville, Queensland, Australia.   Hugh was born on February 21st 1930. He attended Pangbourne for all of his…

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F.E.R. Phillips (45-49)

                        Commander Rex Phillips (45-49) RN died peacefully on May 29th, 2015.  His widow Shirley writes:   “My husband always thought affectionately of his days at Pangbourne. I enclose a photo of him that I like very much; he would have been 35 at…

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W.R. Thorburn (69-74)

                      W.R. Thorburn (70-74),  known to everyone as Robin or Rob,  died of cancer at home in Sutton-on-Trent on 28th December, 2014. He is survived by his wife Karen, their daughter Molly and a son Thomas from a previous marriage.   His friend Michael Duck (69-74) writes: “Rob…

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Alfred Goodson (60-63)

Alfred Goodson (60-63) died in April 2015 aged 69. He was married twice and had six children, four by his first marriage and two by his second.   Alfie, as he was known at the Nautical College, came from a wealthy, well-connected Devon family. His father Sir Hugh Goodson was High Sherrif of Devon, a Justice…

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Peter Cheney (42-45)

                Peter Cheney (42-45) died on 4th January, 2014, aged 85. He is survived by his wife Susan, who informed the Society of her husband’s death, and a son Andrew. An obituary in the Littlehampton Gazette, from which this obituary is adapted, stated in part:   After Pangbourne Peter…

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Justin Underwood (75-79)

                      Justin Underwood (75-79) died peacefully on 28th March, 2015. He was 53. His brother Nigel writes:   “Justin was born on the 11th April, 1961, at Chertsey in Surrey. He was educated at Feltonfleet Preparatory School, Cobham, Pangbourne College (Harbinger, 1975-79), Portsmouth University, and…

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Martin Childs (53-56)

Martin Childs (53-56) died in unexplained circumstances in Africa in 1984. His onetime colleague at Hoverlloyd, Robin Paine (55-58), compiled the following obituary after talking to Childs’ widow Diana:   “Childs left Pangbourne in the summer of 1956 and joined Royal Mail Lines as a cadet where he remained until he obtained his Master’s Certificate.…

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Anthony Hudson MBE

              Anthony Hudson (1939-2015) was Headmaster of Pangbourne College from 1988-2000. He died on March 8th, aged 76, after a long and debilitating illness bravely endured. He leaves a wife, Liz, three children and seven grandchildren. A long obituary was published in The Times.   Educated at Tonbridge School…

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C.R.E. Compton (33-36)

Lt. Cdr. Charles Compton (33-36) died on 23 February, 2015. He was 95. Thanks to information supplied by his son, the writer Nic Compton, details of his life are as follows. Born in Hong Kong, he spent three years at the NCP and won a Royal Life Saving Society medal in 1934. Three years later…

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