Life as a Senior Prefect

“The trickiest morning of my term of office started with Roger Ellis (then Master) knocking on my door in the Porter’s Lodge to ask me if I knew anything about the 32 pound artillery gun that had been placed in the middle of Court pointing directly at C House or the banner made from a […]

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Obituary: Sir Gerald Elliot (LI 1937-42)

Sir Gerald Elliot (LI 1937-42), Chairman and Chief Executive of Christian Salvesen, the shipping, trawling and whaling business, died on Sunday 28th January 2018. Sir Gerald Elliot was born in 1923. His father was a naval surgeon and his mother was the granddaughter of Christian Salvesen, who founded the firm. He went to prep school […]

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Obituary: Donald Lynden-Bell CBE FRS (C3 1948-50)

Donald Lynden-Bell CBE FRS (5th April 1935 – 5th February 2018) Donald Lynden-Bell was a ‘giant’ in the astronomical world and one of the UK’s leading scientists. The College has lost one of its great scientific alumni. Though not a household name, in astrophysics he was one of the leading names of his generation. Indeed […]

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Obituary: John Hodge (SU 1939-43)

My father John Philp Hodge was born on the 12th December 1925 at Newport Isle of Wight. His father Archibald was descended from several generations of Fifeshire miners. He was named after the Philps who were apparently philanthropists in the area. I was told there was a statue of a Hodge in or around Kirkcaldy […]

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Obituary: Sir Henry Brooke (LI 1949-54)

The former lord justice of appeal, Sir Henry Brooke, who has died following cardiac surgery aged 81, was a tireless campaigner for improving access to justice and transformed his retirement into an opportunity to speak out on legal causes. After stepping down from the bench in 2006 following a distinguished career, he achieved prominence as […]

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Carpentry Prize

“I was pleased to see some of the practical Old Marlburians given space in the winter 2016 OM Club Magazine. My brother (Colin Labouchere, LI 1952-56) pointed out that I won the Carpentry Prize in 1954 with the building of the Village Green Seat at Sculthorpe, Norfolk, commissioned in memory of the 1953 Coronation of […]

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Obituary: Neave Brown (C1 1945-48)

Neave Brown (C1 1945-48), who has died aged 88, was the architect of what is widely considered the finest housing built in Britain in the last 50 years. In the 1960s, through a series of housing projects in Camden, north London, of increasing scale – first five houses (Winscombe Street), then 72 (Fleet Road), then […]

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Obituary: Jeremy Dale Roberts (C1 1948-52)

Jeremy (C1 1948-52) and Jonathan (B1 1948-52) Dale Roberts were born together on 16th May 1934, the sons of Dr Michael Dale Roberts and his wife Christabel. They lived in the Cotswold village of Minchinhampton where his father was in general practice with his surgery in the house. The twins arrived at Marlborough in the […]

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The Snow of 1947

“I was reminded the other day whilst watching the BBC weather programme how viciously cold it was during the whole of February 1947. Snow drifts across the country caused roads and railways to be blocked with the result that coal supplies already low after the war struggled to get through to power stations so the […]

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Obituary: Nicholas Milner-Gulland (CR 1966-69)

Nicholas Milner-Gulland (CR 1966-69) died 26th November 2017 The death is announced of Nicholas Milner-Gulland, who was a Member of CR from 1966-69 teaching Classics. Nick was a Scholar at Westminster School before reading Classics at Cambridge but he could equally well have read Music, since he was a fine player of keyboard instruments, especially […]

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Obituary: Peter Godfrey, CBE (CR 1949-58)

Peter Godfrey, Director of Music at Marlborough College from 1949-58, died on 28th September 2017. Peter was born in 1922 in Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire. Loving music from an early age he first auditioned for the choir of King’s College in 1930 but, on this occasion, was sadly unsuccessful. He tried again in 1931 and, this time, […]

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Obituary: Sir Michael Latham (B2 1956-60)

Sir Michael Latham (B2 1956-60), has died aged 74, He was the Conservative MP for Melton (which later expanded to include Rutland) for 18 years. After leaving Marlborough College in 1960, he went to King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a First in History in 1964. He then earned a Certificate in Education at Oxford. […]

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Obituary: Lord Langford OBE (C2 1925-30)

Lord Langford OBE (C2 1925-30) died on November 13 2017, aged 105. Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy was the son of Major Geoffrey Seymour Rowley-Conwy (1877 – 10 August 1915), who was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915, and Bertha Gabrielle Cochran (1880–1984) to whose genes, on his 100th Birthday, he credited his longevity. He was […]

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Obituary: Peter Banyard (LI 1960-64)

My friend Peter Banyard, who has died aged 70, lived for 50 years as a tetraplegic following an accident suffered as an officer cadet in the Royal Green Jackets. Although he had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he succeeded in carving out a career as a journalist, historian and director […]

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Obituary: Vee King Shaw (CO 1958-62)

Mr Vee King Shaw, (CO 1958-1963), passed away peacefully in Singapore aged 73 on 13 July 2017. The eldest son of Tan Sri Dr. Runme Shaw and his wife Peggy, Shaw is notable for leading massive changes to his family’s film exhibition and real estate business in Singapore by redeveloping and upgrading Shaw Brothers’ single […]

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Obituary: Martin Harrison (CR 1958 – 94)

I first met Martin at Berkhamsted School in 1958, where he had taken a one-year appointment, as physics teacher and games coach, on leaving the RAF. I was there in the Lent Term on ‘teaching practice’.  We quickly became good friends – and have remained so for 59 years. The Headmaster was Basil Garnons-Williams, a […]

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Diana Reynell – Grotto Designer

Diana Reynell, grotto designer, died on August 1st 2017, at the age of 83. Diana first came to Marlborough College with her husband, Antony Reynell, as a master and head of classics. Diana taught jewellery design at the college, and put together costumes for school plays. It was here where she started her career as […]

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Obituary: Laurence Edward Ellis (CR 1955-77)

Laurence Ellis (CR 1955-77) arrived at Marlborough College in 1955 to teach Mathematics after doing National Service with the Green Jackets and reading Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. Before that he had won a Scholarship to Winchester College where he excelled in Mathematics, Classics and Cross-Country Running and Rowing amongst other sports. It was at […]

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Obituary: Angus Stewart (C2 1935-39)

Born in the Argentine, 16th April 1921, Angus was the youngest child of Angus and Vera Stewart. When Angus was 6 the family moved back to Scotland and finally settled at Ardpatrick in Argyll, which he adored. Angus went to prep school in Peebles and then to Marlborough College in Wiltshire. His description of his […]

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Obituary: Diana Reynell – Grotto Designer

Diana Reynell, grotto designer, died on August 1st 2017, at the age of 83. Diana first came to Marlborough College with her husband, Antony Reynell, as a master and head of classics. Diana taught jewellery design at the college, and put together costumes for school plays. It was here where she started her career as […]

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Obituary: John Bateson (CR 1973-98)

John Bateson (CR 1973-98) died suddenly on Tuesday 16th May. He was a long-time modern languages teacher at the College, from 1973 to 1998 and thereafter a familiar figure in the town and supporter of many activities. At the College he was an inspiring teacher of German and the first Head of the subject. One […]

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