22 June 2016

Mrs Margaret Ridler

The OB office is sad to report the death of Mrs Margaret Ridler, who died peacefully at home on Wednesday 22 June, aged 86.

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27 May 2016

William "Bill" Blackshaw, Headmaster at Brighton College from 1971-87, has died

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.

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23 May 2016

Keren Burton (Head of Girls Games - Prep School, 1988-2015)

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.

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19 February 2016

Dudley Moore (Le. 1964-70)

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.

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08 February 2016

Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61)

We are saddened to report the death of Old Brightonian, Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61), this past January.

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15 December 2015

Robin Grose (S. 1964-67)

We are saddened to hear that Robin Grose (S. 1964-67) died 15th December 2015, from brain cancer, aged 65. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Annie and all who knew him.

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06 December 2015

Rear Admiral Peter Dingemans (D. 1948-52)​, Falklands DSO & former President of the OBA, has died

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.

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27 November 2015

Robert Wilmot (Common Room 1979-98)

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.

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14 October 2015

Vivien Irene Denise Eborn (Nee Mayer)

26th March 1930 to 14th October 2015 - wife of the late John Eborn (both right) and sister-in-law to the late Gerald Eborn, (both of Brighton College School House).

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26 May 2015

Reverend Bill Davidson (Ha. 1934-39)

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.

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27 April 2015

Michael Upward (Sc. 1945-49)

We are very sad to report the death of Michael Upward on Saturday 18th April at the age of 82. 

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24 April 2015

Andrew Dow (Du. 1957-62)

Andrew Dow - born December 1 1943, died April 24 2015 - was a leading railway historian and preservationist who from 1992 to 1994 was head of the National Railway Museum in York.

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11 April 2015

REPORT: Richard W Lewis (Ch. 1947-59) Memorial

It is with great sadness that the OB office announces the death of Richard W Lewis (Brighton College Junior School/Chichester 1947-59) in Washington.

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10 April 2015

Edwin Prince (Du. 1945-51)

The Old Brightonians office is very sad to report that Edwin Prince (Du. 1945-51) passed away last Friday 10th April.

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18 March 2015

Gary Fabian Espeut Grose (S. 1958-64)

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.

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10 March 2015

Eileen Wolley

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.

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03 February 2015

Richard Marshall Turner (S. 1968)

We are sad to report that Richard Marshall Turner recently passed away. 

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18 January 2015

Reg Spicer Memorial - Sunday 18th January 2015

A memorial to celebrate the life and times of Reg Spicer, former Head Porter at Brighton College, was held on 18th January 2015.

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14 August 2014

Peter Farrar (Ch. 1938-42)

Peter Farrar (Ch. 1938-42), a former city education official of more than 30 years who helped set up some of Oxford’s most recognised institutions has died aged 89.

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18 July 2014

John Osborne (Ch. 1931-34)


It is with great sadness that the OB office announces the death of John Osborne (Ch. 1931-34) in Cheadle

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02 July 2014

Tony Bray (L. 1939-42)

Tony Bray (L. 1939-42), who died on July 2nd 2014 aged 88, was a stockbroker who was identified, last year, as the first serious boyfriend of the young Margaret Thatcher (or Margaret Roberts, as she was before her marriage to Denis Thatcher). 

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03 June 2014

Peter Blake-White OBE, OSt.J, QPM (St. 1927-33)

It is with great sadness that the OB office announces the death of Peter Blake-White OBE, OSt.J, QPM (Brighton College Stenning House 1927-33) in the Isle of White.

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23 May 2014

Reg Spicer (Head Porter 1988-01) has died

The Old Brightonians office is very sad to announce the death of Reg Spicer, retired Head Porter at Brighton College.

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16 May 2014

David William Robert Booth (C. 1964-70)

I have to pass on the sad news that my brother, David William Robert BOOTH, former Head of Chichester House, died today aged 63 after a long and valiant struggle against Motor Neuron Disease.

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02 May 2014

Christopher Cardew Ch. (1942-47)

Old Brightonian Christopher Cardew passed away very peacefully at home on the Isle of Man on 2nd May 2014. After leaving Brighton College he joined The Lancers and spent several years in the Canal Zone of Egypt.

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30 April 2014

Rosemary Crossley-Holland

The College is saddened to report the death of Rosemary Crossley-Holland. Many OBs will remember Rosemary from her Bristol House days.

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01 April 2014

Joan Christina Turnbull (nee Ransom)

Joan Christina Turnbull (nee Ransom) died on 1 April 2014 at St Peter and St James Hospice in East Sussex.

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25 March 2014

John Page (Master, 1954-85)

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. 

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01 November 2013

Norman Fox, RSM

The OB office is very sad to announce the death of Norman Fox on Friday 1st November. Norman was the School Staff Instructor RSM at the College from 1997 until 2001.

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27 October 2013

Norman Francis Keith Wilson (C. 1934-39)

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.

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23 October 2013

John Lawrence Gater (C. 1950-54)

Dear Oldbrightonians, I write to inform you of the death of my father, John Lawrence Gater.

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30 June 2013

Gerald Ernest Eborn (S. 1942-46)

Gerald Ernest Eborn (S. 1942-46), father of Rodney Eborn (S. 1968-73), sadly passed away on 30 June 2013 aged 84 following a hip operation at Salisbury hospital.

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31 May 2013

Martin Nimmo MA (Oxon) (H. 1960–65)

We are sad to report the passing of Martin Nimmo on Friday 31st May 2013 at Kings College Hospital, London following complications resulting from a number of medical conditions.

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15 May 2013

James Stuart-Smith (H. 1933-38)

Born September 13 1919, died May 15 2013, James Stuart-Smith was Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces from 1984 to 1991.

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02 April 2013

Sergeant-Major S J Beckett

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.

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02 March 2013

REPORT: Memorial for Rev Canon C J (Bill) Peters (Chaplain, 1950-69)

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.

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07 January 2013

Service of thanksgiving for well-loved theatre star Rick Peckham (A. 1965-69)

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.

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02 January 2013

Frank Hope Fellows (L. 1945-49)

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!

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07 December 2012

Miles Warner (S. 1982-87) 1968 - 2012

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.

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01 December 2012

John Alexander Dougal (S. 1946-51)

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.

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21 October 2012

Flight Lieutenant William Louis Buchanan Walker (G. 1927-31)

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.

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10 October 2012

Timothy Sinclair (A. 1979-83)

It is with great sadness that the OB Office reports that Timothy Sinclair (A. 1979-83), Headmaster of Sompting Abbotts Prep School, passed away at midday yesterday, Wednesday 10th October, having had a massive stroke.

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17 August 2012

Geoff Lees

We have with great sorrow to announce the death of Geoff Lees, who died on Friday 17th August after a prolonged illness stoically borne.

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11 July 2012

Professor Bob McMinn (H. 1937-41)

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.

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28 March 2012

Naishel Kelly Memorial Fund

Following the tragic death of pupil Naishel a fund has been established to erect a memorial to Naishel in the Brighton College chapel.

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21 March 2012

Alan Mann (L. 1950-53)

Alan Mann (L. 1950-53) died on 21st March 2012 aged 75. He was a part-time racing driver and team manager who ran a substantial part of the hugely successful Ford works racing effort in Europe from 1964 to 1969.

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14 January 2012

Sgt. Major Chris O'Connell Memorial Service

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.

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20 November 2011

Michael Woodsmith (C. 1955-59)

Michael Ernest Woodsmith, May 19, 1941-November 20, 2011, beloved husband of Audrey Woodsmith, died of pulmonary fibrosis.

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10 November 2011

John Brian Eborn (S. 1945-50)

We are very sad to report the death of John Brian Eborn (S. 1945-50) on 9th October 2011 at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher aged 78 years old.

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27 September 2011

Major A T Eeles (L. 1934-39) MC

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.

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