Obituary – Stella Tennant (B3 1986-88)

Stella Tennant (B3 1986-88) died on 22nd December 2020 just a few days after her 50th birthday. Sarah Stokes (née Cartwright) (B3 1986-1988) wrote to us with these fond memories. “I was in B3 from 1986 to 1988 with Stella. I have very fond memories of our time together. She was always so warm-hearted, funny […]

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Obituary – Geoffrey Marlow (PR 1936-39)

We are sorry to announce the death of Geoffrey Campbell Marlow (PR 1936-39) on December 31, 2020, at the age of 98, just a month away from his 99th birthday. Geoffrey left Marlborough College in 1939 to go to the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall. In World War II, he served as an RCAF […]

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Obituary: Sam (Christopher) Beale (LI 1961-64)

It is with sadness that we learnt of the death at home of Sam Beale, aged 73, on Friday 12th February. Dr Sam Beale worked for most of his career with Rolls Royce and was Head of Technology Strategy for Rolls-Royce until his retirement in 2007, and was a visiting Professor in Innovation at Cambridge […]

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Obituary – David Hughes (LI 1944-48)

David (RDB) Hughes was born in Burma in 1930 and while his parents remained in the East until 1945, he was looked after by his grandfather, Major General Sir WGL Beynon (LI 1880-84), who brought him to Marlborough. There he developed a keen interest in Natural History and particularly enjoyed the freedom of being able […]

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Obituary – Stephen Borthwick (CR 1984-89)

We are sad to announce the sudden death of Stephen Borthwick (CR 1984-89) on December 16th 2020. Stephen was Head of Physics at Marlborough. He left Marlborough to take on the role of Deputy Head at Bishop’s Stortford School. In 1994 he became Head at Aldenham School followed by the Headship at Epsom College from […]

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Tribute to Hugo Yaxley (SU 2013-17)

The tragic death of Hugo Yaxley aged 20, after a car accident on Monday 16th November 2020 has shocked and saddened the Marlborough community. His funeral was held on Monday 14th December and a tribute read by his best friend Harry Heneage (SU 2014-19) is available to read here together with the Order of Service. […]

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Obituary – Patrick Wright (C3 1945-50)

Lord Wright of Richmond GCMG (C3 1945-50) died, aged 88, in March 2020. Father to Angus (B2 1978-82), Edward (C3 1973-76) and Olivia (PR 1978-80), Patrick Wright was head of the Diplomatic Service from 1986-1991. During a long career as a diplomat he served as the UK’s Ambassador to Luxembourg, to Syria, and to Saudi […]

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Obituary – Helen Frances McKim

Helen died on 19th October 2020 aged 85 after a short illness. She was the well-loved wife of Frank McKim (CR 1957 – 92) and provided Sunday roasts, chats and support to the boys and girls of Barton Hill while he was housemaster there. Her role as “housemaster’s wife”, she felt, was one of emotional […]

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Obituary – Charles Backhouse (B2 1948-52)

My father, Charles Ivan Backhouse (B2 1948-52), was born in Penzance in 1934 and later educated at Marlborough College where he developed an interest in science and going into medicine, encouraged by both his grandfathers, Dr E Edwards and Dr CF Backhouse. He obviously laid down some lasting memories as when my brother Roger went […]

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Obituary – Ernest Sandford (C2 1937-42)

Known as Sandy, Ernest Sandford (C2 1937-42) died in August 2020, aged 97. After leaving Marlborough College in 1942, Sandy was due to go to Cambridge to study Classics but instead signed up to the Marines where he served mainly in Italy before traveling to India for training in preparation to fight in Japan, a […]

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