Dr John George Coxon 1920-2019 (W 34-38)
Sadly the OS Club has been informed that John Coxon (W 34-38) passed away in July this year at the age of 99.
Major Andrew Archibald Steele “Archie” Scott 1918-2019 (S 32-37)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Archie Scott (S 32-37), who died in Inverness on November 1st, aged 101.
Part of an enduring legacy at Sedbergh, Archie’s father was Lt Col John Menzies Baillie Scott (S 1901-1905), who captained the Scotland Cricket team, while his uncle was Freddy H Turner (S 1903-1907 and Scotland Captain in 1913 and 1914), brother of his mother, Alys. Archie’s other uncle, William Stewart “Billy” Turner (S 1898-1901), like Freddy was also killed with the Liverpool Scottish in the Great War.
In 1932, Archie joined his elder brother, John Frederick Turner Scott (S 1930-1934), in Sedgwick House. Later, the Sedgwick family tradition continued with his son Alastair Scott (S 67-72). Alastair will be writing an obituary for his father to be published in the next OS e-Newsletter.
Archie was the first ever Scotland player to reach his century in terms of age. After playing on the 1st XI for two years at Sedbergh, he then went on to play for the Grange Club in Edinburgh.
Pursuing a career as a Distillery Manager after war service meant he played little cricket, but he was selected for the Scotland team travelling to Cork to play Ireland in 1947. It was not a success, scores of 12 and 0 resulting in this being his only appearance for the Scotland side.
Lively to a very old age, he passed his advanced driving test at the age of 92 after being worried the DVLA or his insurers might take away his licence, and published Memoirs entitled 96 Not Out (with maybe an over to go). Click here for the original notice from Cricket Scotland.
Professor John Barr Cavanagh 1918-2019 (SH 35-38)
We are sad to share the news that John Cavanagh (SH 35-38), professor of applied neurobiology at the Institute of Neurology in London and founding member of the British Neuropathological Society, passed away on 15 October 2019, aged 98. John was an expert in toxicology and had fond and vivid memories of his time at Sedbergh. With a subscription to The Times, his obituary can be read here.
Professor David William Brocklesby 1929-2019 (S 42-46)
Sadly the OS Club has been informed of the passing of Professor David Brocklesby (S 42-46) on 20th September.
Please see below an obituary kindly provided by fellow retired veterinarian, David Weaver (W 44-48), which was written by his daughter, Helen.
David was born in Grimsby on 12 February 1929. After leaving Sedbergh School he did two years of National Service befoer studying veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He had been inspired to do a veterinary degree by his great uncle Bert who was a vet in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
After graduating he held a Colonial Office studentship for a year, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which was to shape his veterinary career.
In 1955 he joined the East African Veterinary Research Organisation at Mugugua in Kenya, under the British Overseas Aid Scheme as a veterinary research officer, rising to become principal scientific officer.
In Kenya, his work mainly concerned the epidemiology and biology of Theileria parva, the causative agent of East Coast fever of cattle. This resulted in the publication of over 120 scientific papers and, after presenting a thesis on ‘Parasites of the family Theileridae off the African buffalo occurring in East Africa’, he achieved the degree of DrVetMed and was elected to membership of the Royal College of Pathologists. While studying in London, he met Jennifer Hubble, who was at medical school with his sister, Sue. They married in 1957 and Jenny joined him in Africa where they started their family: Sarah, Susan, Richard and Helen. They had a busy life in Kenya and many friendships were made while playing squash on the court he had built, playing tennis tournaments and going on trips to the coat, as well as raising an orphan giraffe called Penelope.
The family returned to the UK in 1966 and, after a short spell as head of the animal health research department of Fisions, he joined the Institute for the Research on Animal Diseases (IRAD) at Compton, Berkshire, and became head of the department of parasitology, continuing his work with tick-borne diseases. He worked primarily on haemoparasites, particularly Babesia bigemina, the cause of redwarter in cattle, and his team discovered Babesia major in British cattle.
In 1978, he left IRAD and moved with his family to Scotland, to become professor of tropical animal health and director of the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) at Edinburgh University. Under his stewardship, the standing of the institution as a centre of excellence in teaching and research was upheld. He worked with the Overseas Development Agency and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure funding for the centre. David continued to travel widely, maintaining collaborations with other international institutions, attending conferences and acting as a consultant and examiner. He was chairman of the council of the Royal Commonwealth Society in Scotland and a council member of the RCVS from 1985-1989.
In 1983 he was elected as a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and, in 1984, a fellow of the RCVS. At the CTVM he was known for having to have two waste paper baskets in his office which allowed him to simply extinguish the fires that he creased while lighting his pipe.
In the 1991 New Year’s Honours list, he was delighted to be appointed as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his outstanding contribution to veterinary research and education.
Alongside his distinguished career, David was a devoted family man, always there to support his children. He and Jenny were well known for being welcoming and generous hosts to the many friends their children brought home. They retired to the Borders in 1991, enjoying spending time with their children and nine grandchildren, walking their retriever dogs, bird-watching and following local and international rugby.
Sadly, David lost Jenny in 2012 and spent his last years at home in Paxton, where he died peacefully on 20 September 2019.
Anthony Noble Frankland CB, CBE, DFC 1922-2019 (H 36-41)
The OS Club has received the sad news that Anthony “Noble” Frankland (H 36-41) CB, CBE, DFC, director of the Imperial War Museum, passed away on October 31st 2019, aged 97. He flew in Lancaster bombers as a navigator in the last war for which bravery he was awarded the DFC. He went on to write the official history of RAF Bomber Command. He was for many years Director of the Imperial War Museum. His funeral will be held in St Helen’s Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Friday the 22nd November.
Please see below an obituary from The Times.
In 1966 the Queen visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London to open an extension that Noble “Bunny” Frankland, its director, had persuaded the Treasury to fund. Minutes after she and her entourage had passed, a deluge of oil fell on to the red carpet. It came from a reconnaissance aircraft that had, at Frankland’s behest, been hoisted aloft and suspended from the ceiling, without anyone first checking that its engine had been drained. Lesser men would have sunk to the ground, clutching at their heart, but Frankland, a veteran of Bomber Command, was made of stronger stuff. He merely counted his blessings.
His appointment as director arose from fortuitous circumstances. In May 1960, as a 38-year-old deputy director of studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, he had left his Oxford home one morning without the papers he had intended to read on the train. Consequently, he read The Times more thoroughly than usual and saw an advertisement inviting applications for the post. Conscious that his work at Chatham House was reaching its peak, he applied and got the job, against some brawny competition.
At the time the museum offered a rather dispiriting display of wartime memorabilia confined to one building. Frankland knew that as director he would face a formidable struggle to achieve modernisation and to secure the additional government finance that would be needed for an extension of the buildings.
In April 1967 Frankland visited Portsmouth to investigate the acquisition of the six-inch gun turrets of HMS Gambia, a Second World War cruiser. She was a rust bucket waiting to be towed away for scrap, but beyond her, in good condition, lay another cruiser, HMS Belfast, then in use for accommodation, but destined for the same fate.
His initial idea was a joint venture with the National Maritime Museum (NMM) to keep Belfast as a stand-alone museum piece. Sceptics, including the Duke of Edinburgh, pronounced her a rusted hull, but after the NMM pulled out, and after many manoeuvrings through the Whitehall labyrinth, Frankland secured her for the IWM. Just after first light on October 15, 1971 he stood on Belfast’s bridge as she was towed to her prominent place in the Pool of London, where she lies today.
He also turned his attention to finding space for aircraft. Christopher Roads, keeper of the department of records at the museum, discovered Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire, where the Home Office had plans to build a prison. Frankland’s request to park a few historic aircraft in one of the empty hangars led to the establishment in the mid-1970s of Imperial War Museum Duxford, which is now home to almost 200 Allied and enemy aircraft, together with tanks, vehicles and small naval vessels.
At the IWM itself, Frankland went on to transform a moribund and dusty collection of relics from two world wars into a vibrant institution devoted to learning and scholarship. Researchers who have sought material from its archives, students who have sought inspiration and schoolchildren who have gasped in delight at the aircraft suspended from the atrium roof owe their thanks to him.
Frankland’s wish to present the museum and its collections more positively was met by the introduction of special exhibitions. They came about after WP Mayes, keeper of the art department, drew his attention to a closed gallery containing exhibits from the Zeebrugge raid of St George’s Day 1918. The operation to block the German-occupied Belgian port used by U-boats to attack Allied shipping in the Channel had only limited success, but the heroism displayed on that day provided a morale boost after the Ludendorff offensive of March 1918. Frankland made certain that the exhibition featuring the raid was widely covered in the press.
Frankland in 1981 with General Perky, the museum’s mouser
Other exhibitions on his watch included the Foundation of the Royal Flying Corps and Women at War. Exhibitions on Colditz, the Real Dad’s Army and the War Exhibition, opened by the Prince of Wales in 1980, were among the best attended.
At a stroke he had found a way to project the museum on to the national canvas. He also recognised the potential of the IWM film and photographic archives as a means of enlightening the public on how the two world wars had been fought and won. The epic, 26-episode TV documentary The World at War, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, was a notable example of this.
When Frankland retired from the IWM in 1982 its staff had increased from 70 to 342. The one surprise was that he had resisted an approach by the government to include the Whitehall Cabinet War Rooms in the IWM, questioning their commercial viability. However, not long after his retirement they became part of the museum’s portfolio and were opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1984.
For all his vision on how history could be given popular appeal and its display made commercially viable, Frankland was a rigorous and uncompromising historian, as impatient of ill-informed opinion as he was of those who, as he would put it, did not detain themselves to use precise terminology.
Although charming with a courtesy of the Edwardian era, he was not easy to work under. A casual remark or unsupported opinion would bring a rebuke all the more stinging for the precise but still courteous language in which it was delivered. He used understatement, spoken or written, to powerful effect, memorably describing the tongue-tied Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, whose biography he wrote, as “no conversationalist”.
Anthony Noble Frankland was born in 1922, the son of Edward Frankland of Westmorland. He was educated at Sedbergh and Trinity College, Oxford, where after the war he took an MA in history. He had completed 84 bombing missions as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command in 1943-44 and was awarded the DFC. Later Frankland and Sir Charles Webster wrote the official history of those years, The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany 1939-1945. It was published in 1961 and became something of a cause célèbre.
The argument was whether the human and material costs justified the impact that the campaign had on the defeat of Nazi Germany. Bomber Command lost 47,293 air crew killed or missing in the campaign. German civilian casualties were far greater than those inflicted by the Luftwaffe in Britain but, although seriously damaged, the German war industry struggled on.
Frankland had written a dissertation on the effectiveness of the bombing campaign while working in the air historical branch of the Air Ministry. Yet his RAF experience had provided objectivity rather than bias. One night over Munich in 1944 one of the Lancaster air-gunners suggested that he draw his blackout curtain to see what was happening outside. The sky was illuminated by searchlights, flares and anti-aircraft fire over the blazing city below. Appalled, he drew the curtains and concentrated on his charts.
The book’s most prominent critic was Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris, the former air officer commanding-in-chief Bomber Command, who before reading it condemned Webster as a “communist” and Frankland as “a disgruntled navigator”. Webster died around the time the book was published, leaving Frankland alone to face a barrage of criticism, including from distinguished historians who, as he put it, “did not allow their judgment to be impeded by reading the work”. After reading the four-volume history, Harris conceded that it was thoroughly researched, “although it exaggerates our errors and decries our victories”.
In 1944 Frankland had married Diana Tavernor, a German translator at Bletchley Park. Subsequently she became his research assistant. They had a son, Roger, a retired probation officer in Lancaster, and a daughter, Linda, who is a former chief executive of the Faculty of Public Health UK. Diana died in 1981, a year before he left the museum. Despite the loss he kept busy, making plans for new galleries at Lambeth and delivering the Lees Knowles lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1982 he retired to his handsome house and garden on the bank of the Isis near Eynsham, Oxfordshire. That year he married Sarah (Sally) Davies, whom he had known since his time at Chatham House, where she was an archivist. She died in 2015 and he is survived by the children of his first marriage and three stepchildren: William Mackesy, a lawyer and artist, Cathy Fleming, a company secretary, and Serena Mackesy, better known as the author Alex Marwood.
Frankland continued to write by working in the royal archives at Windsor on a biography of the Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria’s son, published in 1993. He was also the author of two novels: The Unseen War (2007) and Belling’s War (2009) and was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 2016 for his involvement in the liberation of France in 1944.
His memorial will be the thriving Imperial War Museum, which he saw as being dedicated not only to the art of war, but also to the evolution of human society.
Noble Frankland, CB, CBE, DFC, director of the Imperial War Museum, was born on July 4, 1922. He died on October 31, 2019, aged 97.
Malcolm Brian Taylor Bromley 1937-2019 (L 50-54)
The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Malcolm Bromley (L 50-54), who died in January this year, aged 81.
Dieter Pevsner 1932-2019 (S 46-49)
The OS Club has received the sad news that Dietrich Pevsner (1932-2019), one of a small group of idealists who made up the editorial team at Penguin Books, passed away in October, aged 87. Please see below an obituary written by his son, or click here for the original article from The Guardian.
My father, Dieter Pevsner, who has died aged 87, was one of a small group of idealists who made up the editorial team at Penguin Books in the late 1950s and 60s and were instrumental in establishing the wide range of affordable literature that we all take for granted today.
Dieter was editorial director in charge of Penguin’s blue-spined non-fiction Pelican editions, as well as its Special Series and Penguin Education books. He was given considerable freedom to commission works by the Penguin founder, Allen Lane, and among the notable titles he nurtured were the paperback edition of EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class (1968) and the controversial Risinghill – Death of a Comprehensive School (1968), by Leila Berg.
Born in Leipzig, Germany, Dieter was the younger son of the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and his wife, Karola (nee Kurlbaum). Of Jewish heritage, he came to settle in Britain with his family in 1936, but happened to be on holiday in Germany in 1939 as the second world war broke out. He and his brother, Tom, were smuggled by a family friend from the Rhineland to Denmark, where they managed to get on to the last freighter going to the UK, enduring five days of seasickness in the North Sea before reaching the safe haven of Grimsby.
Risinghill: Death of a Comprehensive School by Leila Berg, 1968, was one of the controversial titles published by the Penguin team. He was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral prep school in Oxford before going to Sedbergh school in Cumbria and then taking a modern languages degree at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1950. It was there that he met Florence (nee Tate), his wife of more than 60 years.
In 1972 Dieter left Penguin Books, together with his close colleague Oliver Caldecott, to found Wildwood House, a publisher with an eclectic list that included JP Donleavy and Studs Terkel. Wildwood also introduced Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon strips to the UK by publishing The People’s Doonesbury in 1981, and acted as an early distribution outlet for Virago, the feminist publishing house.
In 1986 he embarked on the last phase of his publishing career, as director of the Nuffield Maths and Science Curriculum Trust, a role he loved for its intimacy and its opportunity to collaborate with teachers and the wider educational establishment.
On retirement in 1993 he indulged his interests in walking, travel, music and singing. He was chairman of the Schubert Institute UK and an active member (and onetime chairman) of the Highgate Choral Society for more than 30 years.
He is survived by Florence, their three children, Mark, Steve and Ruth, and three grandchildren, Roland, Beth and Ava.
Gerald Douglas Henderson Smith 1928-2019 (H 43-47)
The OS Club has received the sad news that Gerald Smith (H 43-47) passed away in September, aged 90.
Clive James Forgie Turner 1936-2019 (E 50-54)
Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Clive Turner (E 50-54) has passed away at the age of 83. Please see the following edited eulogy from brother-in-law Robert Blayney, with additional Sedbergh information provided by lifelong friend Sir David Kelly, CBE (SH 50-55).
Clive was born on September 16th 1936 in Calcutta, where his father was working with James Finlay & Co. Glasgow. The family was unable to return to Britain until the war ended, when Jim Turner bought a farm in Kirkcudbright and became a dairy farmer. The Turner family had strong connections with Sedbergh School. His father Jim Turner (J.F.A.Turner) (E 1923-1928) had gained his Rugby Colours in 1927 and grandfather, George Turner (E 1887-1892), had captained the rugby XV in 1891. Thus, Clive became the third-generation Turner at Sedbergh in 1950. He was Head of School and in the rugby 1st XV during his last year, 1954. The Sedberghian of December 1954 notes, “We have to congratulate…the Head of School C. J. F. Turner on achieving his 1st XV Colours – without which he would hardly have been fit company for either his father, who gained his Colours in 1927, or his grandfather, who captained the XV in 1891.”
It was during this time that Clive played on the same 1st XV as Tony Hudson (E 50-55), with whom he shared a great friendship which lasted throughout his life. Indeed, all his life, Clive had a strong bond with the school, even remembering the words of school songs by heart.
In 1955 he started National Service in the Navy. This was unusual – for an OS not to be commissioned in the Army during National Service – but also to achieve a commission in the Royal Navy was even less usual and harder to achieve, signifying great quality. Afterwards, Clive entered St.John’s College, Cambridge in September 1957, as he turned 21. Sir David Kelly notes, “The record of Heads of School shows: C J F Turner (E 50-54), followed by A C Hogarth (W 49-55), followed by D R C Kelly (SH 50-55) and then J A Walker (SH 50-55). Later all four of us overlapped at St John’s, Cambridge, when the total number of Sedberghians at Cambridge was some 30 or 40. The links between St John’s in particular going back to Roger Lupton, whose crest is in one of the stained glass windows in the Hall, were very strong in those days (and it has to be said competition for places was much less). We were all very privileged and fortunate.”
Expecting to follow his family’s long connection with land management as a career, Clive’s plans changed suddenly and positively when he met Jill Matthews from South Africa during a skiing holiday from Cambridge. While still at St.John’s he became engaged to Jill, and in October 1960 when he was just 24, they were married in Johannesburg where they made their home.
Clive’s first job was with Anglo American, before moving to Central Mining Investment Corp in 1963. His big move came in 1968 when he joined UAL Merchant Bank which had recently been launched by Anglo American as South Africa’s first merchant bank. In 1974 he became a general manager, and in 1984 he was appointed an executive director of UAL. In 1988 he spearheaded UAL’s greater emphasis on their unit trust operations and in the early 1990’s he was elected Chairman of the South African Association of Unit Trusts.
He made golf and sailing his main leisure interests though he was a skilled hand at fly fishing. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and their three children and seven grandchildren. His memorial service was held on October 4th in the same church in Johannesburg where he and Jill were wed.
Michael Longhurst 1945-2019 (W 58-63)
The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Michael Longhurst (W 58-63), who died aged 74 in France on 26th September. Iain Macmillan (W 1953-58) caught up with Michael in Cognac about 10 years ago. Michael went to France straight after leaving Sedbergh and worked in the Bordeaux wine trade. Subsequently he joined Hennessy, the French brandy distiller based in Cognac, and latterly had responsibility for much of their export business. Iain was in his last term at Sedbergh (Winter 1958) when Michael arrived and was very touched when Michael recalled that, as Head of House, Iain had been good to him when he was a new boy. He told Iain that he had had to make his own way up to Sedbergh by train from the South of England – never having been there before. Quite a daunting prospect for a boy of 13.
David Alban, Former Member of Staff (1952-1976) and Honorary OS
Lesley Alban and family would like to inform the OS community that former member of staff, parent and Honorary OS, David Alban, sadly passed away at home on Wednesday 18th September, aged 92. Please click this link to read an obituary written by his son, Mike Alban (P 80-85), as well as a timeline of David’s years at Sedbergh School from 1952-1977.
Graeme Marrs MBE 1939-2019 (Honorary OS)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Honorary OS Graeme Marrs, who passed away on Friday 16th August, at the age of 79.
Please see below for an obituary written by Peter Greville, Vice President and Press Office, Birkenhead Park Football Club.
Graeme made a huge contribution to rugby at Birkenhead Park over many years from the 1970’s to the current day. A proud old boy of Rossall School he played also for Rosslyn Park a club he always maintained a great fondness for. By his own admission he may not have scaled the heights as a full back but as an administrator and alicadoo he was a colossus indeed.
He acted as Fixture Secretary for many years at Birkenhead Park maintaining a first class list for the club at a time when the game was changing prior to the introduction of league rugby. His camaraderie with his opposite numbers at clubs such as Wasps, Gloucester, Harlequins, London Scottish and The Royal Navy played a significant part in helping maintain these fixtures for another generation of Park players who remain eternally grateful to Graeme for providing them with the opportunity to play against these top clubs.
Graeme became the driving force behind the annual North of England Schools Sevens which regularly attracted the top schools to Birkenhead and he fought tooth and nail to maintain the high standards as the best tournament in the North.
Graeme was made an Honorary OS in September 2017 in recognition of his generous contributions to the Sedbergh 10’s tournament over the years. He was a friend and advocate of both the school and the OS Club, also assisting with the organisation of the Anti-Assassins fixtures.
He also made his annual pilgrimage to the Rosslyn Park National Schoolboy Sevens where he gained notoriety as an announcer at that prestigious tournament.
Graeme through his professional life with MKR in Liverpool was awarded the MBE for services to Caribbean trade and he was of course extremely proud of this honour. It was his business contacts that led Graeme to play a major role in organising tours to Jamaica in 1981 and the Bahamas in 1989, both absolutely fabulous with Graeme leading both ventures. The close ties between MKR and Birkenhead Park continue to go from strength to strength in the current era helping the club to develop its facilities and rugby together.
A tribute of this nature can only scratch the surface of Graeme’s magnificent contribution to Birkenhead Park and the wider game. He was well known throughout the county and indeed the country frequently visiting Twickenham in a variety of roles. One thing is for sure,the Upper Park will be a far poorer place with the new season getting underway. Graeme was a unique rugby character and his witty and amiable personality will be most sorely missed particularly on match days at the Upper Park.
I am sure over the coming weeks many tales of Graeme’s rugby adventures will be regaled in the Park bar and we hope the esteem in which he is held will be of some consolation to Poppet and the Marrs family at this saddest of times.
Vice President and Press Officer
Jonathon James Charlton “Jon” Hardey 1950-2019 (S 63-68)
The Old Sedberghian Club has received the sad news that Jon Hardey (S 63-68), expert on peregrine falcons and other upland birds of prey, passed away in July 2019. Please see below for an obituary from the Scotland Herald.
Jon Hardey, who has died aged 69, belonged to the North East Branch of the Scottish Raptor Study Group, consisting of remarkable and feisty specialists studying the ecology, behaviour and changing fortunes of birds of prey. For several years Jon chaired the NE group.
He specialised in peregrine falcons, and was encouraged to do so by his idol, the late Dr Derek Ratcliffe, who wrote the acclaimed monograph The Peregrine Falcon (1980, 2nd edn. 1993). The north east Scotland peregrine population was critically important in Ratcliffe’s classic unravelling of the effects of agricultural pesticides in eggshell thinning and catastrophic breeding failure in the 1950s and 1960s.
Building on the intensive survey work of the late Doug Weir and Adam Watson, and more recent monitoring by Roy Dennis and other, Hardey sustained the peregrine monitoring effort, which provided a benchmark against which the recovery of other populations could be assessed as restrictions in the use of cyclodiene pesticides took effect in 1962-64.
In 2003, Hardey and colleagues published a key paper on variation in breeding success of peregrines in north-east, central and south-west Scotland. Covering the period 1991-2000, and published in the book Birds of Prey In A Changing (with a foreward by Derek), this paper was one of the first to show that in more recent years poor breeding success was linked to high levels of criminal persecution associated with grouse moors.
Arguably Hardey’s greatest achievement came with the establishment of the award-winning Scottish Raptor Monitoring-Scheme, founded in 2002 in response to a government-led UK Raptor Working Group published in 2000. This recommended a range of actions on raptors, including the development of systematic monitoring methods.
The success of Raptors: A Field Guide For Surveys And Monitoring was phenomenal, with the book reprinted twice in 2007, and reaching a third edition by 2013. It set the standard for formal monitoring of birds of prey and the field methods have been adopted across many European countries.
However, this success rested on two of Hardey’s great strengths: first, his experience and exceptional skills in raptor fieldwork; and second, his strong connections with scores of raptor specialists who were only too willing to share their nuggets of knowledge and experience – not something done lightly. Hardey was something done lightly. Hardey was enthusiastic, highly motivated and persistent in putting to excellent use his and others’ first-hand experience and knowledge of raptors, particularly peregrines.
He had an uncanny ability to build and sustain relationships with land-owners, factors and keepers on shooting estates that enabled him to gain access on private state roads. Hardey was instrumental in setting up Operation Falcon Watch, a joint agency approach to monitoring peregrines, ostensibly to stop egg collectors but also to look out for raptor persecution.
Born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, Hardey’s father Ronnie, was a member of the No.6 Commando’s and was active in the D-Day landings, for which he received the Military Cross he returned to train commandos at Achnacarry, Lochaber, before becoming a Company Accountant. His mother, Margaret, was a WRNS driver in the Second World War, and became active in the British Horse Society.
Attending Larchfield Prep School in Helensburgh, then Sedbergh School in Yorkshire, Hardey went to Queen’s University in Belfast, where in 1973 he took a BSc Honours degree in Zoology. He loved the student life and immersed himself in the political and cultural scenes of Belfast. Moving to Aberdeen to take a MSc degree in Ecology in 1975, Hardey met his wife-to-be, Lorna, on a field trip to the Bettyhill Field Station, in north Sutherland.
Professionally, he was principal teacher of biology at Westhill Academy, Aberdeenshire, from 1984 to 2000. Revered by generations of students for his inspirational teaching and hands-on laboratory classes, Hardey was par excellence the gruff master who gave vent to wonderfully humourous and lasting memories.
On retirement, Hardey took on various commissions from Scottish Natural Heritage and wind energy companies, specialising in surveys of montane birds, raptor, and bats.
Outwardly entertaining in describing the antics of his mainly bearded field colleagues, he was shy and diffident. He was a fervent follower of the national rugby team, and enjoyed he prelude socialising, which often meant very late arrivals at Murrayfield. Kind and, pointedly playing up others’ special strengths, he could be both outrageously irreverent and schoolmasterly solemn.
He is survived by wife Lorna, sons John and Paddy, daughter Alison, sister Nicky, and brother Mike Rodge predeceased him.
* Names in gold indicate an obituary link.
|First Name(s)||Surname||House||at Sedbergh||Date|
|(Maj.) Andrew Archibald Steele "Archie"||Scott||Sedgwick||1932-1937||November 2019|
|(Prof.) John Barr||Cavanagh||School House||1935-1938||October 2019|
|Anthony Noble||Frankland (CB, CBE, DFC)||Hart||1936-1941||October 2019|
|Gerald Douglas Henderson||Smith||Hart||1943-1947||September 2019|
|(Prof.) David William||Brocklesby||Sedgwick||1942-1946||September 2019|
|Clive James Forgie||Turner||Evans||1950-1954||September 2019|
|David||Alban||Former Lupton Housemaster (67-76) and Member of Staff||1952-1976 (Staff)||September 2019|
|Anthony "Graeme" De Bracey||Marrs (MBE)||Honorary OS||1939-2019 (Honorary OS)||August 2019|
|Victor Derek "Vic"||Oldfield||Lupton||1939-1943||July 2019|
|Alastair John||Turnbull||Sedgwick||1955-1960||July 2019|
|Jonathon James Charlton "Jon"||Hardey||Sedgwick||1963-1968||July 2019|
|(Dr) John George||Coxon||Winder||1934-1938||July 2019|
|(Dr) Geoffrey William Syme "Geoff"||Burgess||Hart||1956-1960||May 2019|
|Sheila||Donald||Widow of David Donald (OS) -|
Former Headmaster of Cressbrook School (49-76) & Sedbergh Governor (77-89)
|Frederick Wilson "Freddie"||Hoult||School House||1951-1955||May 2019|
|Richard Anthony||Huck||Sedgwick||1973-1978||April 2019|
|Roger Martin Browne||Hollinshead||Powell||1959-1964||April 2019|
|David Hunter||O'Brien||Hart||1945-1951||April 2019|
|Thomas Edward "Ted"||Richardson||Evans||1941-1945||April 2019|
|David Arthur||Gilliat||Powell||1948-1953||March 2019|
|John Hampden||Hyatt||Sedgwick||1941-1946||March 2019|
|Ian Douglas||Sangwin||Hart||1954-1958||February 2019|
|Michael Theodore||Broadbent||School House||1967-1972||February 2019|
|Donald Barrett||Mackay||Sedgwick||1948-1953||February 2019|
|Peter Edward||Rickitt||Evans||1960-1964||January 2019|
|Malcolm Brian Taylor||Bromley||Lupton||1950-1954||January 2019|
|Robert James "Bob"||Sykes||Evans||1947-1950||December 2018|
|(Dr) Walter Graham||Mathews||School House||1943-1947||December 2018|
|(The Rev) Peter J D||Allen||Former Teacher, Chaplain, and Second Master||1987-1993||December 2018|
|Richard Hugh||Thomas||Former Physics Master||1967-2002||December 2018|
|Peter Myles||Hutchinson||Hart||1951-1955||November 2018|
|Edward Stuart "Zeke"||Smith||Evans||1946-1950||November 2018|
|James Robert||Bruce-Lockhart||School House||1954-1959||November 2018|
|David Goodman||Blanche||Powell||1947-1951||October 2018|
|(The Rev) David Roy||Holmes||Lupton||1947-1952||September 2018|
|Charles Graeme||Watherston||Sedgwick||1949-1953||September 2018|
|John Blackburn||Talbot||Winder||1940-1943||September 2018|
|William Fawcett "Billy"||Banks||Hart||1942-1946||September 2018|
|Graham Hurndall||Smith||Hart||1949-1952||August 2018|
|Samuel John Willoughby||Barker||Evans||1993-2000||August 2018|
|William Lewis Robertson||Scott||Evans||1949-1953||August 2018|
|(Sir) Henry Arthur Hugh||Cortazzi||Sedgwick||1936-1941||August 2018|
|Michael Ian||Grierson||Lupton||1957-1963||July 2018|
|Andrew Snowden||Harton||Evans||1963-1969||June 2018|
|Richard John||Rossiter||Winder||1948-1953||May 2018|
|Stephen Herbert Kay||Butcher||Winder||1942-1947||May 2018|
|Timothy Wace "Tim"||Roberts||Lupton||1951-1956||April 2018|
|David Francis||Barker||Winder||1936-1940||April 2018|
|Peter Morley||Yorke||Powell||1952-1957||April 2018|
|Stuart Robert||Paton||Hart||1977-1982||March 2018|
|(Prof) Robert Cairns Brown||Aitken||Winder||1947-1951||March 2018|
|(Sir) John Archibald||Ford||School House||1935-1939||February 2018|
|Hugh Frederick||Lockhart-Ball||Evans||1961-1966||December 2017|
|James Edward||Sugden (OBE)||Hart||1960-1964||December 2017|
|Anthony Martin||Russell||Hart||1947-1952||December 2017|
|Colin Patrick||Crabbie||Lupton||1960-65||December 2017|
|Victor H Brooke||Dowse||Former Schoolmaster and Lupton Housemaster||1963-2000||November 2017|
|Anthony Norburn||Craven||Sedgwick||1937-1941||November 2017|
|Michael Lindop||Bottomley||Winder||1938-1943||November 2017|
|David Graeme Salvesen||Macmillan||Winder||1949-1953||October 2017|
|Kenneth John||McCracken||Sedgwick||1952-1957||October 2017|
|Stephen Allinson||Jay||Hart||1940-1943||October 2017|
|Michael Royden||Richards||Evans||1944-1948||October 2017|
|(Prof) Henry Kenneth||White||Winder||1938-1941||October 2017|
|George B||Newby||Winder||1956-1959||October 2017|
|Nigel Anthony||Hurst||Lupton||1974-1978||October 2017|
|Ian Harold M||Robinson||Powell||1938-1941||September 2017|
|Patrick Edmund||Jolly||Lupton||1978-1983||September 2017|
|Leslie "Les"||Fletcher||Former School Lab Technician||1965-1996||August 2017|
|Robert Edward||Hodges||School House||1979-1986||August 2017|
|Alastair John||Breckenridge||Sedgwick||1955-1960||July 2017|
|Richard Woosnam Ward "Dickie"||Dawe||Former Winder House Tutor||1954-1963||July 2017|
|Christopher Graham "Chris"||Wells||Evans||1960-1965||June 2017|
|Hugh Highley||Sugden||School House||1962-1966||June 2017|
|William Henry Raymond||Meageen||School House||1950-1955||May 2017|
|Philip Angus Newham||Robotham||Hart||1979-1984||May 2017|
|Jeremy Frank Collinge||Fisher||School House||1944-1949||May 2017|
|N Peter C P||Meadows||Former Winder Housemaster||1959-1990||April 2017|
|(Dr) Frederic Salkeld||Plumpton||Powell||1946-1951||March 2017|
|David Michael||Behrend||Sedgwick||1941-1945||March 2017|
|Richard "Rick" David||Abbott||Lupton||1968-1973||March 2017|
|Peter Rodney||Hyde||Hart||1957-1962||March 2017|
|(Dr) Roger James||Mawby||Sedgwick||1952-1957||February 2017|
|Richard Drummond||Hardwick||Powell||1955-1960||February 2017|
|(The Rt Hon The Lord) David Charles||Waddington (PC)||Winder||1944-1947||February 2017|
|Garth Roger||Nicholas||Hart||1944-1949||February 2017|
|Peter Walter||Phillips||Sedgwick||1947-1952||February 2017|
|Noel Wilfrid||Berry||School House||1955-1960||February 2017|
|William Edward||Greenhalgh||Powell||1945-1949||February 2017|
|(Sir) Christopher||Bland||Lupton||1951-1956||February 2017|
|Peter Michael||Poole (CBE, TD, JP, DL)||Lupton||1943-1946||February 2017|
|Colin James||Sherwood||Powell||1949-1952||February 2017|
|John Alexander||Gossip||School House||1944-1949||December 2016|
|Andrew Philip||Bradshaw||Winder||1968-1973||December 2016|
|Florian Louis||DeVito||Sedgwick||2008-2010||November 2016|
|Michael James||Wilson||Powell||1957-1962||November 2016|
|Paul James||Page||Lupton||1978-1983||November 2016|
|Peter Lowson||Addison||School House||1945-1949||October 2016|
|Timothy Charles||Mileson||Sedgwick||1996-2003||October 2016|
|(Dr) Samuel Kribb||Young||Hart||1941-1945||October 2016|
|John Richard||Thompson||Hart||1949-1954||October 2016|
|Ewan Douglas David||Bell||Winder||1951-1956||October 2016|
|Michael Robin||Fowler||Hart||1949-1952||July 2016|
|(Dr) Timothy Martin||Venters||School House||1958-1963||June 2016|
|Neil Pollock||Magee||Lupton||1957-1961||April 2016|