Nigel John Mytton Hawkes, CBE (P 57-62) 1943-2021

The OS Club is sad to announce that Nigel Hawkes recently passed away, aged 78. After leaving Sedbergh, Nigel graduated from Oxford with a degree in metallurgy in 1966, and was a science, health and international affairs writer in a career that began on the staff of Nature and included long spells at the Observer (1972-90) and The Times (1990-2008). He retired from The Times in 2008 after eight years as Health Editor, and was later a columnist for the British Medical Journal and Director of a pressure group, Straight Statistics, which campaigns for the honest presentation and use of statistical data by government, media, and others.

He wrote a number of books, including Structures, a book about building and civil engineering, and more than 40 science and technology titles for children and teenagers. He was appointed CBE in 1998 for services to the newspaper industry and science, and was the Medical Journalists Association Health Writer of the Year in 2007.

Nigel was a guest of honour at Speech Day 2011 and was a loyal supporter of the School.

Prof. Christopher Norman Smith (W 59-63) 1946-2020

The OS Club is sad to report the death of Christopher Smith, who passed away on October 7th 2020. His contemporary in Winder House, David Ridgway (W 59-64), remarked: “My first memory of Chris was when I asked what book he was reading. He replied “Ovid”. I was really bowled over when we discovered that it was a Latin version and that he was reading it for fun! Being a scholar, he went straight into form 4A (I struggled in 2A) and did his ‘O’ levels the following year. Two years later and in the 6th form studying Classics, he did his ‘A’ levels and so went on to University. It was at this stage in his school career that the masters’ common room gave him the nickname ‘Cyanide’, which isn’t really strange because our housemaster was Mr N J Mawby, who taught Chemistry. I have no idea what career Chris pursued. My contact with him was very distant and through his accountant. Chris’s father had been the senior partner of a firm of accountants in Sowerby Bridge, but Chris did not pursue a career in that profession. He lived for many years in France, sampling the wines and enjoying the sun. Latterly he lived in Germany.”

Edward Antony Vickerman (W 47-52) 1933-2021

The OS Club has received the sad news that Edward Vickerman passed away on 27th July 2021, aged 87. Edward held the prestige of finishing in the top five in consecutive years of the Wilson Runs of 1951 and 1952 (both times 4th place). After Sedbergh, Edward went on to St John’s College, Cambridge, and later joined the staff of Clevedon House Preparatory School where he spent his whole teaching career. Edward in due course became Headmaster of Clevedon House after the retirement of another OS, Frank Kidson. The school prepared a significant number of boys for subsequent school life at Sedbergh.

Geoffrey Frederick Black Palmer (P 49-53) 1935-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news Geoff Palmer passed away peacefully on the 17th July 2021, aged 85.

Charles “Martin” Read (P 50-54) 1936-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Martin Read passed away on the 11th September 2021, aged 85. A 1525 member and loyal supporter of the School, Martin was a keen Sedberghian all his life- wearing his OS tie virtually “every day for 50+ years”. He will be greatly missed.

Dr Frederick James “Derek” Wilkinson (E 40-44) 1926-2021

The OS Club has received the sad news that Derek Wilkinson passed away on the 26th August 2021. Please see below an obituary from his son, Keith Wilkinson (E 69-74).

Dr Frederick James Wilkinson (Derek) M.B.,B.S. F.R.C.G.P. 1st August 1926 – 26th August 2021.

Derek was born in Gateshead, educated at the RGS, Newcastle and then Sedbergh School (1940-44).

He graduated M.B., B.S. Dunelm in 1950. After resident appointments at the R.V.I. in Newcastle, National Service in the R.A.M.C followed initially at H.Q. Rhine Army in Bad Oeynhausen and then as R.M.O. to the 5th Reg’t R.H.A.

Following National Service, further hospital appointments preceded his joining a single-handed general practitioner in the northern outskirts of Newcastle. He and his partner founded The Woodlands Park Health Centre in Wideopen. When vocational training for general practice commenced he took the R.C.G.P. membership exam in 1970 and joined the North East group of G.P. trainers and shared in the development of the scheme.

He became secretary, and subsequently Chairman of the local (Morpeth) B.M.A. division & in 1978-79 chaired the B.M.A. North Regional Council.

He was elected F.R.C.G.P. in 1997.

In his spare time, in addition to involvement with the local Presbyterian Church in Wideopen (now U.R.C.) and the newly formed local residents association, he enjoyed membership of Gosforth Round Table. He enjoyed sailing a Merlin Rocket racing dinghy at both Blyth and Beadnell, eventually owning a Moody 29 yacht which he kept on the Clyde to enjoy the Western Isles of Scotland with family and friends.

He retired from General practice in 1987. In retirement he enjoyed living in Morpeth, Northumberland where he helped to set up an arts trust and became its Vice President.

David Logan Lees (S 1948-1953) 1934-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that David Lees passed away recently, aged 87.

Jennifer Thornely (Honorary OS, Staff 1975-1991) 1934-2021

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The OS Club is sad to announce that Jennifer Thornely, wife of former Headmaster Michael Thornely from 1954-1975, passed away peacefully at home on 5th September 2021, aged 87. During her husband’s years as School House Housemaster and later Headmaster, Jennifer played host at both official and informal school functions. After Michael’s retirement Jennifer joined the staff officially as a music teacher and continued in the role for 16 years. She continued to live in Sedbergh until her final days, and will be greatly missed.

A service of thanksgiving was held at St Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh, on Friday 17th September.
A recording of the service can be viewed in full here. (Password: Sedbergh)

If you would like to get in touch with the family, please contact

Click here to read an obituary and for a video made in tribute to her life.

James Howard Gill (L 50-54) 1936-2021

The OS Club has received the sad news that James Gill passed away on 28th August 2021, aged 85. James played on the 1st XV rugby side of 1953 and continued to enjoy following the school’s developments over the years.

Simon Martin Baddeley (E 63-67) 1949-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Simon Baddeley passed away on 26th August 2021, aged 71. Whilst at Sedbergh, Simon played on the 1st XV team of 1967.

Prof. Ian Robert Young (SH 45-50) 1932-2019

The OS Club is sad to report the death of Ian Young, who passed away on 27th August 2019, aged 87.

David “Neville” MacDonald (E 49-53) 1935-2020

The OS Club is sad to announce that Neville MacDonald passed away last year, aged 84.

David James Kerr (H 78-83) 1965-2019

The OS Club has received the sad news that David Kerr passed away in July 2019, aged 53.

Neville Russell-Williams (W 45-48) 1932-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Neville Russell-Williams passed away recently, aged 89.

Peter Thomas Dransfield (L 52-56) 1938-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Peter Dransfield passed away recently, aged 83. Peter played on the 1st XV rugby side of 1955 and also the 1st XI cricket side of 1956 whilst at Sedbergh.

Michael Thomas Hunter Beck (L 49-54) 1936-2020

The OS Club is sad to report the death of Michael Beck, who passed away in March last year, aged 84.

William Henry Cox (SH 39-43) 1926-2019

The OS Club is sad to announce that William Cox passed away in August 2019, aged 93. He was the 1st XV rugby captain in 1943 and played on the 1st XV side from 1941-43.

Edwin Dennis Wood Roger (H 45-49) 1930-2021

The OS Club has received the sad news that Edwin Roger passed away recently, aged 90. He was a 1st XV player whilst at Sedbergh in 1948. He will be greatly missed.

John Pollard Cleland (P 49-54) 1936-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that John Cleland passed away after a short illness on 14th June 2021, aged 84. John played on the 1st XV Rugby side of 1954 whilst at Sedbergh. He will be sadly missed.

Joelle Welsh (L 15-20) 2002-2021

It is with a heavy heart that the OS Club shares the tragic news that recent leaver Joelle Welsh passed away on 24th July 2021, aged just 18.

Joelle joined Sedbergh Prep in Year 4 before moving on to Lupton House in Year 9. She flourished in the classroom, in the House and on the sports field – most notably playing 1st VII netball, proudly captaining the hockey 3rd XI, and enjoying tours abroad. Although an outwardly quiet character, Joelle was most noted in house for her kindness, compassion and her brilliant sense of humour which brought happiness to her housemates and the wider school community. She left school last year during the lockdown and had plans for university entry later this year. 

Please see the following message from Sedbergh School Headmaster, Dan Harrison: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joelle’s parents, her wider family and her friends at this most difficult of times. I know that this will be deeply upsetting for many in our community. In due course we will find a time to allow the community to come together to celebrate her life, cut tragically short.” 

Valerie Cann (Wife of Former Master) 1944-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Valerie Cann, wife of former Sedbergh master, Richard Cann, passed away on 21st June aged 77. Valerie was a loyal supporter of Sedbergh and worked in the Headmaster’s office during Roger Baxter’s headmastership, and also in the Book Room.


* Names in gold indicate an obituary link.

First Name(s)SurnameHouseat SedberghDate
Nigel John MyltonHawkes (CBE)Powell1957-19622021
Charles MartinReadPowell1950-1954September 2021
David LoganLeesSedgwick1948-19532021
Jennifer MargeryThornelyWife of Former Headmaster and Member of Staff1954-1991September 2021
(Dr) Frederick James "Derek"WilkinsonEvans1940-1944August 2021
James HowardGillLupton1950-1954August 2021
Simon MartinBaddeleyEvans1963-1967August 2021
Edwin Dennis WoodRogerHart1945-19492021
Edward Antony VickermanWinder1947-1952July 2021
Geoffrey Frederick BlackPalmerPowell1949-1953July 2021
JoelleWelshLupton2015-2020July 2021
John PollardClelandPowell1949-1954June 2021
ValerieCannWife of Former MasterJune 2021
MargaretJoiceWife of Former Bursar2021
Peter ThomasDransfieldLupton1952-19562021
Neville RRussell-WilliamsWinder1945-19482021
John MichaelSheardWinder1948-1953June 2021
Colin DouglasWhittleSedgwick1961-1966May 2021
Sir Michael "Roger"GiffordEvans1968-1972May 2021
Henry SeanFosterWinder2016-2018May 2021
Cecil "Robin"DavisWinder1945-1948April 2021
Richard "Dick" ThomasThormanWinder1946-1950April 2021
Ian CharlesScottLupton1962-19672021
James CrawfordJohnsonLupton1948-1952February 2021
David "Maurice" BlackstockGriffithsEvans1948-1953February 2021
(Cdr) Thomas Robert MatthewDuke (OBE)Sedgwick1940-1943February 2021
Robert Andrew RowlandSchool House1979-1984January 2021
Roger McArthurSpeirsSedgwick1983-1987January 2021
Robert JamesWinserLupton1970-1974January 2021
Christopher R IMorganHonorary OS & Former Staff (Modern Foreign Languages Teacher & School House Housemaster)January 2021
MartinValentineHonorary OS & Former Staff (Head of Art & Evans Housemaster)January 2021
Michael Norman Shaw (Lord Shaw of Northstead)Sedgwick1934-1938January 2021
John CalderwoodCromptonSchool House1940-1943January 2021
Brandon CharlesGloverHonorary OS & Former Staff (Classics Teacher & Robertson Housemaster) December 2020
John MichaelWatherstonSedgwick1946-1950December 2020
Jane ElizabethCollison (née Riddell)Widow of Victor Collison (Former Bursar)December 2020
(Dr.) Michael TrevorHaslamEvans1947-1952November 2020
William Bryce "Bill"JamiesonLupton1959-1963November 2020
(Prof.) Christopher NormanSmithWinder1959-1963October 2020
Thomas "Tom"McClungSedgwick1947-1951October 2020
SheilaRogersFormer StaffRetired in 1985October 2020
John Arthur BartonTownleyHart1956-1960October 2020
Peter JohnBerryLupton1949-1953October 2020
LogieBruce-LockhartSchool House1935-1940September 2020
Patrick Joseph Kinloch "Jo" CampbellPenneySchool House1944-1949September 2020
Michael JohnMellingSchool House1961-1966August 2020
Ronald Gordon MacRobertBarrSedgwick1947-1952August 2020
Ian Jackson Herbert RichardsonHart1936-1940July 2020
(Dr.) Dan GordonMillerSchool House1936-1941July 2020
(Dr.) James Timothy Hessel "Tim"PickEvans1941-1945July 2020
(Col.) Duncan Stuart ArchibaldBoydSchool House1945-1949June 2020
Philip FrancisListerPowell1941-1945June 2020
(The Rev) Robin GLairdFormer Staff & Honorary OS1993-1998June 2020
(Maj) Thomas "Edward"ScottPowell1943-1947May 2020
RobertVentersSchool House1946-1950May 2020
Kenneth Douglas MacRobertBarrSedgwick1953-1957April 2020
JohnDuckworthEvans1945-1950April 2020
Ian EverardPilkingtonWinder1951-1954April 2020
Richard AlleynHaslamPowell1943-1948April 2020
Philip HillaryHunterLupton1964-1969April 2020
Norman GainsfordWrightHart1941-1945April 2020
Charles Anthony "Tony"ShawWinder1951-1956April 2020
Carl "Victor"WildPowell1937-1941April 2020
Dr James William Alexander "Bill"MoxonEvans1943-1948April 2020
Gavin DavidAndersonHart1955-19592020
John "Gordon"JoiceFormer BursarMarch 2020
Michael Thomas HunterBeckLupton1949-1954March 2020
John PlummerListerPowell1938-1942March 2020
David RenshawMartinSedgwick1946-1950March 2020
(Maj.) Francis JamesGoddard (MBE)Winder1947-1952March 2020
David Robert BuchananRussellPowell1949-1954March 2020
Peter FrederickArmstrongDay Pupil1943-19482020
David "Neville"MacDonaldEvans1949-19532020
DavidHorsleySedgwick1939-1943March 2020
John PerranCurrySedgwick1942-1945March 2020
Michael Thomas HunterBeckLupton1949-1954March 2020
John le GallienneGilchristEvans1954-1958February 2020
MichaelSanger-DaviesSedgwick1950-1954February 2020
Peter JAttenboroughFormer Headmaster1975-1981February 2020
Anthony Peter ThomasHighamEvans1954-1958January 2020
(Cdr) David StuartWhiteLupton1950-1954January 2020
Peter KidsonPoskittHart1945-19502019
Robert JohnTweedaleSchool House1941-1945December 2019
David BrookSutcliffeWinder1948-1953November 2019
Alan WilliamParkesSedgwick1974-1977November 2019
(Maj.) Andrew Archibald Steele "Archie"ScottSedgwick1932-1937November 2019
David RobertGreenwoodHart1958-1963November 2019
Walter DouglasBertramEvans1945-1948October 2019
Richard CharlesSawtell (MBE DL)Powell1943-1948October 2019
Eric Aldie NeilsonMercerWinder1940-1943October 2019
Lionel VictorWalshSchool House1944-1947October 2019
(Prof.) John BarrCavanaghSchool House1935-1938October 2019
Anthony NobleFrankland (CB, CBE, DFC)Hart1936-1941October 2019
DieterPevsnerSedgwick1946-1949October 2019
Gerald Douglas HendersonSmithHart1943-1947September 2019
(Prof.) David WilliamBrocklesbySedgwick1942-1946September 2019
Clive James ForgieTurnerEvans 1950-1954September 2019
MichaelLonghurstWinder1958-1963September 2019
DavidAlbanFormer Lupton Housemaster (67-76) and Member of Staff1952-1976 (Staff)September 2019
Michael HuttonVignolesLupton1943-1947August 2019
(Prof) Ian RobertYoungSchool House1945-1950August 2019
William HenryCoxSchool House1939-1943August 2019
Anthony "Graeme" De BraceyMarrs (MBE)Honorary OS1939-2019 (Honorary OS)August 2019
Robert ChristopherRobinsonHart1944-1948July 2019
Victor Derek "Vic"OldfieldLupton1939-1943July 2019
Alastair JohnTurnbullSedgwick1955-1960July 2019
Jonathon James Charlton "Jon"HardeySedgwick1963-1968July 2019
David JamesKerrHart1978-1983July 2019
John BasilCrossleyLupton1963-1968July 2019
(Dr) John GeorgeCoxonWinder1934-1938July 2019
Benjamin WilliamBennettHart1942-1944June 2019
(Dr) Geoffrey William Syme "Geoff"BurgessHart1956-1960May 2019
SheilaDonaldWidow of David Donald (OS) -
Former Headmaster of Cressbrook School (49-76)
(David Donald)
May 2019
Frederick Wilson "Freddie"HoultSchool House1951-1955May 2019
Richard AnthonyHuckSedgwick1973-1978April 2019
Roger Martin BrowneHollinsheadPowell1959-1964April 2019
David HunterO'BrienHart1945-1951April 2019
Thomas Edward "Ted"RichardsonEvans1941-1945April 2019
David ArthurGilliatPowell1948-1953March 2019
John HampdenHyattSedgwick1941-1946March 2019
Ian DouglasSangwinHart1954-1958February 2019
John RoutledgeVealeEvans1954-1959February 2019
Michael TheodoreBroadbentSchool House1967-1972February 2019
Donald BarrettMackaySedgwick1948-1953February 2019
DouglasEynonSedgwick1949-1953February 2019
Peter EdwardRickittEvans1960-1964January 2019
Malcolm Brian TaylorBromleyLupton1950-1954January 2019
Robert James "Bob"SykesEvans1947-1950December 2018
George William "Bill"FrankEvans1944-1948December 2018
(Dr) Walter GrahamMathewsSchool House1943-1947December 2018
(The Rev) Peter J DAllenFormer Teacher, Chaplain, and Second Master1987-1993December 2018
Richard HughThomasFormer Physics Master1967-2002December 2018
Peter DavidHymasWinder1946-1950November 2018
George MarshallFish (OBE)School House1942-1946November 2018
Peter MylesHutchinsonHart1951-1955November 2018
Edward Stuart "Zeke"SmithEvans1946-1950November 2018
James RobertBruce-LockhartSchool House1954-1959November 2018
David GoodmanBlanchePowell1947-1951October 2018
(The Rev) David RoyHolmesLupton1947-1952September 2018
Charles GraemeWatherstonSedgwick1949-1953September 2018
(The Rev) James Henry "Jim"SmithSchool House1946-1950September 2018
John BlackburnTalbotWinder1940-1943September 2018
William Fawcett "Billy"BanksHart1942-1946September 2018
Neil MelvinMackayLupton1940-1945September 2018
Graham HurndallSmithHart1949-1952August 2018
Samuel John WilloughbyBarkerEvans1993-2000August 2018
William Lewis RobertsonScottEvans1949-1953August 2018
(Sir) Henry Arthur HughCortazziSedgwick1936-1941August 2018
Michael IanGriersonLupton1957-1963July 2018
Peter DonaldMcQueenEvans1951-1956July 2018
James AlexanderRobertsonSedgwick1948-1952July 2018
John Gilfillan LuscombeRobinsonHart1947-1951July 2018
Andrew SnowdenHartonEvans1963-1969June 2018
Richard JohnRossiterWinder1948-1953May 2018
Stephen Herbert KayButcherWinder1942-1947May 2018
Timothy Wace "Tim"RobertsLupton1951-1956April 2018
David FrancisBarkerWinder1936-1940April 2018
Peter MorleyYorkePowell1952-1957April 2018
(Prof) Robin StuartSharpWinder1950-1954April 2018
Stuart RobertPatonHart1977-1982March 2018
(Prof) Robert Cairns BrownAitkenWinder1947-1951March 2018
Christopher KennethMylneSedgwick1940-1945March 2018
Geoffrey RichardHagueSedgwick1939-1944March 2018
Dudley Charles DowslandMooreLupton1955-1959March 2018
(Sir) John ArchibaldFordSchool House1935-1939February 2018
John ReedHindmarshPowell1958-1963February 2018
John DouglasHileyLupton1953-1958January 2018
Hugh FrederickLockhart-BallEvans1961-1966December 2017
John François de WerdtDuvoisinEvans1949-1953January 2018
James EdwardSugden (OBE)Hart1960-1964December 2017
GrahamShepherdSedgwick1942-1946December 2017
Anthony MartinRussellHart1947-1952December 2017
Colin PatrickCrabbieLupton1960-1965December 2017
Victor H BrookeDowseFormer Schoolmaster and Lupton Housemaster1963-2000November 2017
Peter Graham CarletonTaylorEvans1959-1964November 2017
Anthony NorburnCravenSedgwick1937-1941November 2017
Michael LindopBottomleyWinder1938-1943November 2017
David Graeme SalvesenMacmillanWinder1949-1953October 2017
Kenneth JohnMcCrackenSedgwick1952-1957October 2017
Stephen AllinsonJayHart1940-1943October 2017
Michael RoydenRichardsEvans1944-1948October 2017
(Prof) Henry KennethWhiteWinder1938-1941October 2017
George BNewbyWinder1956-1959October 2017
Nigel AnthonyHurstLupton1974-1978October 2017
Ian Harold MRobinsonPowell1938-1941September 2017
Patrick EdmundJollyLupton1978-1983September 2017
Leslie "Les"FletcherFormer School Lab Technician1965-1996August 2017
Robert EdwardHodgesSchool House1979-1986August 2017
Alastair JohnBreckenridgeSedgwick1955-1960July 2017
Richard Woosnam Ward "Dickie"DaweFormer Winder House Tutor1954-1963July 2017
David McNabBertramEvans1947-1951July 2017
Christopher Graham "Chris"WellsEvans1960-1965June 2017
(Prof) John SeymourConwaySchool House1943-1948June 2017
Hugh HighleySugdenSchool House1962-1966June 2017
William Henry RaymondMeageenSchool House1950-1955May 2017
Philip Angus NewhamRobothamHart1979-1984May 2017
Jeremy Frank CollingeFisherSchool House1944-1949May 2017
N Peter C PMeadowsFormer Winder Housemaster1959-1990April 2017
(Dr) Frederic SalkeldPlumptonPowell1946-1951March 2017
David MichaelBehrendSedgwick1941-1945March 2017
Richard "Rick" DavidAbbottLupton1968-1973March 2017
Peter RodneyHydeHart1957-1962March 2017
(Dr) Roger James MawbySedgwick1952-1957February 2017
Richard DrummondHardwickPowell 1955-1960February 2017
(The Rt Hon The Lord) David CharlesWaddington (PC)Winder1944-1947February 2017
Garth RogerNicholasHart1944-1949February 2017
Peter WalterPhillipsSedgwick1947-1952February 2017
Noel WilfridBerrySchool House1955-1960February 2017
William EdwardGreenhalghPowell1945-1949February 2017
(Sir) ChristopherBlandLupton1951-1956February 2017
Peter MichaelPoole (CBE, TD, JP, DL)Lupton1943-1946February 2017
Colin JamesSherwoodPowell1949-1952February 2017
John AlexanderGossipSchool House1944-1949December 2016
Andrew PhilipBradshawWinder1968-1973December 2016
Florian LouisDeVitoSedgwick2008-2010November 2016
Michael JamesWilsonPowell1957-1962November 2016
Paul JamesPageLupton1978-1983November 2016
Peter LowsonAddisonSchool House1945-1949October 2016
Timothy CharlesMilesonSedgwick1996-2003October 2016
(Dr) Samuel KribbYoungHart1941-1945October 2016
John RichardThompsonHart1949-1954October 2016
Ewan Douglas DavidBellWinder1951-1956October 2016
Michael RobinFowlerHart1949-1952July 2016
Robert PaulLester (MBE)Winder1930-1936July 2016
(Dr) Timothy MartinVentersSchool House1958-1963June 2016
Neil PollockMageeLupton1957-1961April 2016
(Sir) John SetonCasselsLupton1942-1946March 2016