DEATHS & OBITUARIES

Trevor John Williams (S 39-42) 1925-2022

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Trevor Williams passed away on 4th January 2022, at the age of 96. He enjoyed recounting when his duty was ice monitor while he was at Sedbergh.


Michael Percy Adams (W 46-50) 1933-2021

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It is with great sadness that the OS Club announces the death of OS Club Vice-President and Former Sedbergh School Governor, Mike Adams, who passed away on 23rd December 2021, aged 88.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service held at St. Alphege Church, Solihull on 31st January 2022 at 12:00.
No flowers please, but donations to Lymphoma Action or the Royal Star and Garter in Solihull would be gratefully received.

The full address for the church is St Alphege Parish Church, Church Hill Rd, Solihull B91 3RQ. 
After the service there will be a wake at the Copt Heath Golf Club 1220 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 9LN.


Also, so that the family have an idea of numbers please can people let Guy Adams know if they will be attending, preferably by 24th January, by emailing guypadams@msn.com. 

Mike was a keen cricketer and rugby player at Sedbergh, playing for the School in both sports. After leaving Sedbergh, Mike managed the children’s clothing business, Adams, which was established by his mother in 1933 and he continued in this role after the company was sold to Foster Brothers and then Sears Holdings. Mike was later the OS Club Chairman from 1990-1994 and was a lifelong loyal and generous supporter and friend to the School.

Please see a message below from OS Club Chairman Jan van der Velde (L 77-82):

It is with great sadness that I write regarding the loss of Michael Adams, a Vice-President of the OS Club and former OS Club Chairman, as well as former Governor of the School, who passed away on the morning of 23rd December. A full obituary will follow in due course.

Michael was a much loved grandee of the Sedbergh Community. His considered approach, dry wit, stature, and enthusiasm for all things Sedbergh, made him popular with staff and OS of all generations. A deeply caring man, he would listen attentively to those who sought his advice, ponder, and then offer words of wisdom which were much valued and acted upon. While we will all have our own personal reflections, this is how I came to know him, as a father of a dear friend of mine from Winder House, who offered guidance when I needed it, and for many years acted as a mentor in business as I found my own way in the world. His understanding of human nature, which was to bring him so much success in his own business life, gave him insight and clarity when the world at times seemed complex. He will be deeply missed by me, by the OS Club, and by the OS community. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Jan, Mark, and Guy at this time.

Jan van der Velde
Chairman, OS Club


Andrew Thomas Macmillan (W 46-50) 1933-2021

The OS Club is sad to report the death of Andrew Macmillan, who died on Tuesday 8th December, just a few weeks short of his 89th birthday. When Andrew was at Sedbergh just after the war, he was much involved with the Ornithological Society. He was a meticulous record keeper, with survey work he undertook on the local bird population still existing in the society’s archives today.


John Nicholas Bunney (H 50-54) 1936-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that John Bunney passed away in May this year, aged 84.


Colin Douglas Richardson Whittle (S 61-66) 1947-2021

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The OS Club has received the sad news that Colin Whittle, brother of Sedberghians Peter and Alasdair and father of OS Jamie Whittle, passed away earlier this year on 23rd May after an unexpected stroke. While at Sedbergh, Colin received his School Colours for rugby, having captained the 1st XV in 1966 and also playing for the 1965 side. He also finished an impressive 5th in the Wilson Run in 1964. Colin was a loyal and generous supporter of the School, becoming a governor in his later years. Please click here or see below for an obituary from his brother, Peter Whittle (S 59-64):

Colin and his siblings were born in the Kingdom of Fife, brought up in Edinburgh and, after their father Charles (a Sedberghian, S 35-40) finished as a housemaster at Fettes, the family moved north to Morayshire. Colin and his brothers were at Sedbergh together. He followed his brother Peter through Fitzwilliam and both read Economics and Land Economy (their brother Alasdair (S 62-67) went to ‘the other place’): both became FRICS.

Initially Colin’s career was in estate management but he soon identified wider opportunities and  qualified as a lawyer as well. He also applied those skills as a governor at Sedbergh and Gordonstoun. Colin joined R&R Urquhart, solicitors in Forres, became a partner and then senior partner. Later his son Jamie (H 87-92) joined the partnership. The combined estate management and legal skills were a key in growing a very successful business.

In the 1970s, Colin picked up an infection while abroad and it attacked his kidneys. In 2008 his sister Anne offered him a kidney and that gave him thirteen extra years, for which he was immensely grateful and which he put to good use.

Colin was a good athlete and would have won a Cambridge rugby blue but for injury. He enjoyed birdwatching (ospreys, from the garden), skiing, shooting and riding. He and his wife Moira created a wonderful garden that runs down to the river Findhorn. Following a major stroke, Colin died on 23 May 2021 aged 73.


Simon Prior Lowis (SH 55-60) 1941-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Simon Lowis (SH 55-60), father of OS Mark Lowis (W 86-91), passed away on 25th November 2021, aged 80. In his final year at Sedbergh, Simon played in the 1st XI cricket side of 1960. The Lowis family at the time lived in Sedbergh so he was a local day boy at the school. His father owned the pharmacy in Sedbergh. Simon was very fond of Sedbergh as a place and of the school where he was a keen sportsman and had great memories – sending his son Mark there from 86 to 91 – when he no longer lived in Sedbergh.


Katie Light (née Donald)

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Katie Light, daughter of David Donald (L 1930-34), former Headmaster of Cressbrook School, passed away in November 2019.


John Arthur Barton Townley (H 56-60) 1942-2020

The OS Club is sad to announce that John Townley passed away on 22nd October 2020, aged 78.

Please click here to read an obituary below from Bill Graham (H 56-61).


Mark Mitchell (H 87-92) 1974-2021

The OS Club is sad to report the death of Mark Mitchell on 8th August 2021, who passed away aged just 47. Whilst at Sedbergh, Mark was a member of the 1st VIII Shooting Team.


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

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The OS Club is sad to announce that Nigel Hawkes passed away on 8th October 2021, 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.

Please click here to read an obituary from The Times.


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.


Michael Yorke Holdsworth (SH 61-66) 1948-2021

Academic publisher Michael Holdsworth dies, aged 73

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that academic publisher Michael Holdsworth recently passed away aged 73, after a sudden heart attack on 9th September whilst on holiday in France. Michael was a keen ornithologist and bird ringer at Sedbergh, a hobby which he shared with his lifelong friend David Bishop (P 60-65) and continued to follow throughout his life. After Sedbergh, Michael read Modern Languages at Clare College Cambridge and then went into publishing first at Allen and Unwin and afterwards he had a distinguished career at Cambridge University Press from 1983-2006. Please click here for an obituary from The Bookseller.


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 thornelyfamily@gmail.com.

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.


DEATHS

* Names in gold indicate an obituary link.

First Name(s)SurnameHouseat SedberghDate
Trevor JohnWilliamsSedgwick 1939-1942January 2022
Michael PercyAdamsWinder1946-1950December 2021
Andrew ThomasMacmillanWinder1946-1950December 2021
Simon PriorLowisSchool House/Day Pupil1955-1960November 2021
Nigel John MyltonHawkes (CBE)Powell1957-1962October 2021
Charles MartinReadPowell1950-1954September 2021
Michael YorkeHoldsworthSchool House1961-1966September 2021
David LoganLeesSedgwick1948-19532021
Jennifer MargeryThornelyWife of Former Headmaster and Member of Staff1954-1991September 2021
James HowardGillLupton1950-1954August 2021
Simon MartinBaddeleyEvans1963-1967August 2021
(Dr) Frederick James "Derek"WilkinsonEvans1940-1944August 2021
MarkMitchellHart1987-1992August 2021
Edward Antony VickermanWinder1947-1952July 2021
Geoffrey Frederick BlackPalmerPowell1949-1953July 2021
Edwin Dennis WoodRogerHart1945-19492021
Neville RRussell-WilliamsWinder1945-19482021
JoelleWelshLupton2015-2020July 2021
John PollardClelandPowell1949-1954June 2021
ValerieCannWife of Former MasterJune 2021
MargaretJoiceWife of Former Bursar2021
Peter ThomasDransfieldLupton1952-19562021
John MichaelSheardWinder1948-1953June 2021
John NicholasBunneyHart1950-1954May 2021
Colin Douglas RichardsonWhittleSedgwick1961-1966May 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
KatieLight (née Donald)November 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)
1930-1934
(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