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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Obituary: Sir Eric Yarrow Bt MBE (CO 1934-39)

SIR Eric Yarrow Bt MBE (CO 1934-39), Past President of the Marlburian Club, father of Norman (CO 1973-78), Peter (CO 1973-78) and David (CO 1979-83) and the late Richard (CO 1966-71), died on the 22nd September aged 98. He was a valued and respected member of the Marlburian community and will be hugely missed. A […]

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Obituary: Richard Lee (B1 1943-48)

RICHARD C Lee (Major retd) (B1 1943-48) was born in June 1930, at his parents home in Tackley, Oxon where his father was Rector. He was the third child of 4 children: Christopher, Pat and his younger sister Elizabeth. From the age of 7 he successively attended a Dame’s School, the Dragon Preparatory School, Oxford […]

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Obituary: Marilyn Evans (Bo)

Marilyn – known to many as Bo, was born in Trowbridge, about two miles from where we are now, on the 11th June 1939 – one of a twin and the youngest of six girls. She lived in the White Lion in Corsham in her teens and was a 400m runner for the county and […]

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Obituary: John Earp (C2 1932-38)

John was born in Clarksburg, Ontario, in 1919. By 1926, his father had moved to Versailles, France as chaplain to the British community. John lived in France for two years till he was 9 and at that point spoke French better than English. In 1928, his father took a parish at Escot in East Devon […]

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Obituary: John Dunlop (B3 1953-56)

John Dunlop (B3 1953-56) died on 7th July 2018 following a long illness. With almost 3,600 winners as a racehorse trainer over nearly half a century, John Dunlop was an institution in the world of racing. You could fill an entire page with a list of his big-race successes. Among the best he sent out […]

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Obituary: Bruce Tulloh (CR 1973-94)

BRUCE Tulloh (CR 1973-94) Born 29th September, 1935; died of cancer 28th April, 2018, aged 82. When Bruce Tulloh arrived at Marlborough in 1973 he was already a legend. He was the man who, running bare-foot, had won the European Championship 5000 metres in Belgrade in 1962 and who, in 1969, had broken the record […]

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Obituary: Larry Hickey (SU 1978-83)

Larry Hickey (SU 1978-83) died on Tuesday 5th June aged 54. A true excentric, Larry spent his entire life travelling and having a good time. Never short of having a laugh, making others laugh and posing the question “just because something is popular – it doesn’t mean that it is right?”. He liked to argue. […]

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Obituary: Hugh Playfair (CR 1960-68)

HUGH Playfair (CR 1960-68) was born in St Andrews, Fife, on 5 December 1935, and educated at Oundle, where his lifelong interest and career in history was first kindled, along with a fascination for church architecture. From Oundle he passed into King’s College, Cambridge, to read history, followed by National Service with the Somaliland Scouts […]

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Obituary: Edmund Romilly (PR/CO 1965-69)

Edmund Romilly may have been a barrister in the Rumpole mould, but he preferred to see himself as a novelist for whom appearing in the crown court was just the day job. Nevertheless, he was a highly respected advocate who tenaciously defended all manner of alleged criminals, ranging from petty offenders to jewellery thieves. Only […]

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Obituary: Hinson Ng (B1 1979-83)

HINSON NG (B1 1979-83), born 28th November 1965 in Penang, Malaysia, died in London 19th November 2017. A British citizen, resident in Monaco, husband of Serena, brother of Wilson and the late Anson, and son of Pat. After attending St Faiths prep school in Cambridge he arrived at Marlborough in January 1979. He and I […]

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