Obituary – David Briggs (B1 1931 – 36)

John Davidson –  David –  Briggs (B1 1931-36) died on the 16th March 2020 aged 102. He was headmaster of King’s College School from 1959 to 1977 and had an amazing choral history, he was the last surviving chorister who sang in the historic first BBC broadcast of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols […]

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Obituary – Sir Desmond Rice (LI 1938-43)

Major-General Sir Desmond Rice, KCVO, CBE (LI 1938-43) died on 14th July 2020, aged 95. The following is taken from Wikipedia. “Major-General Sir Desmond Hind Garrett Rice, KCVO, CBE was a British Army officer and courtier. He was Director of Manning (Army) between 1977 and 1978 and Vice-Adjutant-General between 1978 and 1979; he was then […]

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Obituary – Stuart Gordon Lorimer (C3 1947-51)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Stuart Gordon Lorimer Gordon Lorimer was born in Edinburgh in 1934 and educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. In 1954, he was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, serving with the 1st Battalion in Berlin (platoon commander), Bury St Edmunds (2IC A Company) and Cyprus (Intelligence Officer). […]

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Dotty Williams

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Dottie Williams. She had been ill for a while but declined rapidly in the last ten days.  

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Obituary – David Green (CR 1962-95)

Many OMs and others will be sad to learn of the death of David Green (CR 1962-95) on 12th May at the age of 84 from heart failure. He had struggled with health problems for a number of years but had bravely fought on against the odds. David was a distinguished sportsman and had been […]

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Obituary – Colin Cooke-Priest (LI 1952-57)

Rear Admiral Colin Cooke-Priest, CB CVO, FRAeS (LI52-57) (1939-2020) Colin Cooke-Priest, who sadly died on 6 April, joined MC from St. Piran’s in 1952 and, after a stint in Barton Hill he moved to Littlefield where under the watchful eye of RAU Jennings he delivered academically and excelled at sports, most notably Golf and as […]

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Brian Williams (CR 1962-94), an appreciation.

Many OMs and others will be sad to learn of the death of Brian Williams (CR 1962-94) on 28th March. He had been undergoing treatment for Leukaemia for some time and his passing is not thought to have been connected to the Covid 19 virus. Graduating in Chemistry at Nottingham and having completed his Teacher […]

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Memories of Bob Peel (CR 1960-91)

We will be sharing memories of Bob Peel (CR 1960-91) over the next few days. Today Alexander Arkwright  (CR 1995-) remembers filling Bob’s shoes and looks back on his lasting legacy.   I inherited the conductorship of Brasser in 1995 from John Iveson who was Bob’s successor four years earlier and, although there was a […]

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Bob Peel (CR 1960-91)

The Marlburian Club is sad to have to let you know of the death of Bob Peel, Head of Wind 1960 – 1991. Bob was the leading light in setting up Brasser and a testament to the esteem in which he was held was the turn out for the Brasser reunion in 2015. Past President […]

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Obituary – John Dancy

JOHN DANCY MASTER OF MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE 1961 – 1972. John Dancy was not just an exceptional Master, which he was, but he was also an exceptional man. Immensely gifted intellectually, he revelled in the challenge of guiding forward what he described as the powerhouse of Marlborough, making it the leading public school of its time. […]

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John Dancy Obituary

The Club will publish an obituary for John Dancy shortly but in the meantime one can be seen in The Telegraph today. Read the obituary here. (You do need to sign in to be able to see the full obituary)

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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: Prebendary Richard Bewes OBE (B2 1948-53)

A Model of Servant Leadership Prebendary Richard Bewes OBE died, aged 84, on 10th May 2019 at his home in Virginia Water after a period of illness and surrounded by his family. He was one of the outstanding parish ministers of his generation, and although his first love remained Africa and Africans, he had a […]

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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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