Obituary: Dennis Silk C.B.E. (CR 1955-68)

Dennis Silk ran the Marlborough College Colts XV and, playing away, his team was denied a victory by the opposition master who refereed the game. The Captain of the Marlborough team vented his anger at the referee in no uncertain terms. That evening I was with Dennis in his study when he sent for his […]

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Obituary: Reverend Richard Bewes (B2 1948-53)

The Reverend Richard Bewes died on 10th May 2019. A Long career in the church, a great friend of Billy Graham and the writer of more than 20 hymns, his influence within the church was great. Bewes married Elisabeth Jaques, a member of his church youth group, in 1964. They had three children; Timothy is […]

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Obituary: Tim Whitworth (C2 1946-50)

Timothy Whitworth (C2 1946-50), who attended Marlborough College on a “Son of Clergy” bursary, died on 17th April 2019. Having spent his working life as a teacher at King’s College Taunton he was able to turn his love of chess in to a post-retirement career, composing and writing about endgame studies. He became a columnist […]

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Obituary: Paul Killick (B2 1978-82)

Paul Richard Killick (B2 1978-82), 18 August 1964 – 11 October 2018. Paul was born and bred in Hertfordshire apart from spending most of his first four years in Nigeria, before going to Marlborough (B2) from 1978 to 1982. He soon showed a lively mind and sense of humour, sometimes subversive, a capacity for friendship […]

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Obituary: Helen Thornton-Mutiso (TU 1982-84)

Helen was born in Devon England to Geoffrey and Fay Thornton. She went to Marlborough College in the Sixth Form and then on to Cheltenham College of Art and Design to study fashion. Naturally creative and highly intelligent (she was a member of MENSA) Helen was frustrated by the teaching methods and left College early. […]

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Obituary: Nicholas Grant (B2 1945-48)

Nicholas Grant (B2 1945-48) died on 4th November 2018 aged 87. Keen fisher, chess supporter, banker to the literary set, advocate of the Buddhist faith and very good friend of Ted Hughes. Full obituaries can be seen on The Times, The Arvon Foundation, and the English Chess Foundation websites.

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Obituary: Dr David Pratt (C3 1938-42)

Dr David Pratt (C3 1938-42), soldier, engineer and adventurer, died on 13th March 2019, aged 94. After leaving the army in 1948 and then completing his engineering degree at Trinity College, David Pratt became an essential member of the successful Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1955. As Transport and Engineering Officer, he worked with 90 different companies […]

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Obituary: Tony Williamson (B2 1947-55)

Tony Williamson (B2 1947-55), a former Lord Mayor of Oxford and prominent ‘worker priest’ has died aged 85. Tony was the youngest of three children of Joe Williamson, an Anglican minister, who campaigned in the 1950s in east London to clear slums and open refuges for prostitutes. Tony followed in his father’s footsteps and continued […]

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Obituary: John Potter (C1 1939-43)

Henry John Furniss Potter, always known as John, has died aged 93 on 17 February 2019 at the Somme Nursing Home in Belfast. He was born in Ilkley, Yorkshire, on 4 July 1925, following his father, uncles and older brother, David, into C1. Following Marlborough, John enlisted, aged 18, in the Royal Artillery in Belfast […]

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Obituary: John Watson (PR 1939-40)

John Watson, who has died aged 93, was a first-generation dairy farmer near Dartington, south Devon, driven by the writings of the environmental movement (particularly Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the Club of Rome Limits to Growth report) to resist chemical fertilisers, which he could see were depleting the soil, and become an early convert […]

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