The OB office is sad to report the death of Mrs Margaret Ridler, who died peacefully at home on Wednesday 22 June, aged 86.
Bill Blackshaw, who was Headmaster of the college from 1971 to 1987 died peacefully at home in Rottingdean on Friday 27 May. He had a huge impact on the school during his 16 years of headship, increasing numbers markedly, introducing co-education in the Sixth Form and overseeing the greatest building programme of the post-war era.
We are sad to report the death of Keren Burton, the recently retired head of Girls Games at Brighton College Prep School. A funeral service will be held at Woodvale Crematorium (North) on Thursday May 26th 2016, at 11am.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr Dudley Moore, BA, LLM, MPhil, MA, MSt, PIfA, FSA, Barrister. There will be a funeral service at St Nicholas Church, Bramber on Friday 19th February at 1.30pm and afterwards at St Marys House, Bramber.
We are sad to report the death of Peter Dingemans, who has died in hospital at the age of 80, having contracted pneumonia. His naval career is aptly summed up in the title his book: 'My Incredible Journey: from Cadet to Commander'. He entered the Royal Navy a year after leaving school and from the outset proved to be an able tactician, notably as an anti-submarine specialist. He had four commands in his career, the peak of which came in 1982 when he commanded with such distinction HMS Intrepid in the South Atlantic.
We are sad to report the death of Robert Wilmot on Monday 23rd November after his long struggle with cancer. He taught English at the college for 19 years and did much else besides, most notably coaching teams and directing plays. He was the embodiment of a traditional schoolmaster: naturally courteous, multi-talented, kind and encouraging. The funeral is on Monday 30th Nov at 3pm at Selmeston.
Born 20th March 1920 in Poplar in the East End of London. Bill was the younger of twin brother, Henry. The family had generations of sea captains in sail and steam, hence the connection with shipping in the East India Docks. The family moved to Brighton, Kemp Town in 1925 and Bill and Henry attended Brighton College Prep School, then located in fine sea front houses in Lewes Crescent overlooking the sea. In 1934 they progressed to the College, in Hampden A housed in the former “Tin Huts” formerly army housing.
We are saddened to report that Gary Fabian Espeut Grose (S. 1958-64) died on March 18th 2015 from Burkitt's lymphoma, aged 69. His sudden death occurred in Javea, Spain, where he had lived for some years. He leaves his wife Susie, daughter Zoe and son Alex.
We are sad to report the death of Eileen Wolley last Monday 23rd February. Eileen taught at the College in the 1980's and her husband Richard Wolley was acting Chaplain here also during that time. Eileen's funeral will be held on 10th March at 1.30pm, St Phillips, Uckfleld. All are welcome to attend.
The OB office regrets to announce the death of John Page, MA (Oxon.), former House Master of Chichester and Hampden houses at Brighton College. He died peacefully in his sleep at home, after an evening of laughter and conversation with his beloved wife Jackie and relatives. John taught Classics at Brighton College from 1952 until his retirement in the late 1980s.
Died 27th October, 2013, Aged 93. He was born in Hove on 15th August 1920 then lived in Kemptown until the outbreak of war.
In 1934 he entered Brighton College as a boarder in Chichester House where his main achievements were to play in the 1st XI Cricket team, 1st XV Rugger team, and first team captain of Squash. He also took female parts in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas until his voice broke. He joined the Territorial Army in his last term and in May, 1939 was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Engineers.
It is never too late to honour and pay tribute to a stalwart of Brighton College, who encouraged and inspired us as a friend during our time at the College. Sarge gave thirty seven years of loyal service from 1919 to 1956, being responsible for PT lessons, gymnastics, boxing, swimming and not forgetting school drill in the Quadrangle.
It is with great sadness that we report that the much loved Rev Canon C J (Bill) Peters (Chaplain, 1950-69) has died. The College held a Memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday 2nd March 2013.
It is with great sadness that the OB office reports the death of Rick Peckham (A. 1965-69) just before Christmas. Rick had played with the OB Rugby Football Club in his time, and had kept in touch with many OBs from his days here.
Frank Fellows was born in Beckenham, Kent and moved to Brighton in 1935. The College was an obvious choice for his education as few boys could have lived closer: Walpole Road being not even a stone's throw away. Joining the College at the end of the war he "lived" in the tin huts as a member of Leconfield House. His fondest memory seemed to have been, when in charge of the 25-pounder field gun crew, firing a salute on the Annual OTC (later CCF) Inspection; the blast from the blank round breaking several windows in Walpole Terrace!
Miles entered School House in September 1982 and quickly showed his ability academically and on the sports field. He had a very receptive mind, enjoying mathematical and science subjects but his love of sport, particularly rugby, cricket and football, were to remain his focus in the ensuing years. He was Captain of numerous teams in the three major sports but also enjoyed hockey and cross country whilst at the College.
It is with great sadness that we announce that John Alexander Dougal (S. 1946-51) of Beaconsfield passed away peacefully at home on 18th December 2012. The funeral service is to be held at the Chilterns Crematorium Amersham on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 12.30pm in the Hampden Chapel.
Flight Lieutenant William Walker, who has died aged 99, was shot down in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain and wounded. Late in his life, having become the oldest surviving pilot of the Battle, he wrote poetry in memory of his fellow aircrew.
The Old Brightonians are sad to announce the death of Professor Bob McMinn (H. 1937-41). A great friend to the College, Bob delighted in the fact that when it was introduced the girls college uniform used Black Menzies, his own clan tartan. Bob was a great supporter of College projects, most recently making a gift to the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion.
The Sgt. Major Chris O’Connell Memorial took place on a freezing January afternoon, but the warmth of feeling amongst the Old Brightonians who came to celebrate Chris’s life staved off the cold. Two former Headmasters were in attendance, Bill Blackshaw and John Leach, and Brighton College was represented by various staff including Deputy-Head John Weeks, Elizabeth Cody and Common Room President Steve Radojcic.
Tony Eeles (L. 1934-39) enjoyed a reputation amongst those who served with him in battle as a brave and selfless leader. He was an enormously talented forward observation officer who used his skills to great effect in both the Second World War and the Korean War. Recommended for the MC on three occasions, he was an irrepressible young officer with a thirst for combat and a remarkably considerate manner towards his subordinates.