The Old Brightonians hosted a memorial service to celebrate the life of Bill Blackshaw (Head Master, 1971-87), on Friday 21st April 2017 in the College Chapel. A plaque was dedicated to the memory of Bill during this service, and was followed by a reception in the Sarah Abraham Recital Hall.
Dear Old Brightonians,
I am very sorry to be writing to let you know that Dr Joanna Seldon died on Tuesday 6 December after a long illness that she faced with much dignity and courage. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family, who have supported her throughout with great love.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Old Brightonian and past Governor, Ian Wilfred Dodd (Junior School, 1950-1956, Hampden House, 1956-1960). After having suffered a heart attack, Ian died on Monday 17th October, 2016.
A Celebration of Ian’s Life will be held in Brighton College Chapel at 4.00pm on Thursday 10th November, 2016 following the Crematorium Service (for family only). OBs, friends and family are welcome to join us for the chapel service and reception afterwards.
Phyllida Stewart-Roberts, friend of the Old Brightonians and great supporter of Brighton College, has sadly passed away aged 82
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllida Stewart-Roberts on August 12th, 2016. Phyllida was a great supporter of the College and friend of the Old Brightonians, and devoted most of her life to voluntary public service, notably as an ambassador for St John Ambulance and as a popular Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex.
Many names have strong associations with Brighton College. They are woven into the fabric of the school through plaques, memorials and the names of buildings. One example is Williams, from which our second-oldest girl’s house takes its name. Peggy Williams was born in Chichester House in 1896, and, rather amazingly, was able to attend the opening of ‘her’ house in 1990. Much of Peggy’s long life was connected to the school, as she married Reverend A J Williams, College Chaplain and Housemaster of Wilsons (a now extinct house).
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 saddened to report the death of Old Brightonian, Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61), this past January.Christopher was buried in a modest ceremony on 26th January at Crombie Old Parish Church, Fife in the roofless chapel that he inherited from his Colvile ancestors.
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.
26th March 1930 to 14th October 2015.
Wife of the late John Eborn (both above) and sister-in-law to the late Gerald Eborn, (both of Brighton College School House). A keen supporter with her late husband of Brighton College. A truly wonderful woman.
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.
A memorial to celebrate the life of Richard W Lewis (BCJS/Chichester 1947-1959) was held on Saturday 11th April 2015.
The Memorial was be led by Father Robert Easton and we were delighted that many of Richard's family were able to join us from the USA as well as several Old Brightonians who were at the College with Richard.
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.
A memorial to celebrate the life and times of Reg Spicer, former Head Porter at Brighton College, was held on 18th January 2015.
Reg's birthday was 17th January and so the family chose this date to celebrate Reg's time with the College, and to scatter his ashes. Reg arrived at the College in 1977, working with Bert Swarbrook until Bert retired in 1988 when Reg became Head Porter until his retirement in 2001. He is remembered with huge affection by everyone who worked with him.
The College is saddened to report the death of Rosemary Crossley-Holland. Many OBs will remember Rosemary from her Bristol House days. We will posting a full obituary in due course. In the meantime you may like to know that her funeral will be held in Woodstock on 6th May.
Joan Christina Turnbull (nee Ransom) died on 1 April 2014 at St Peter and St James Hospice in East Sussex.
Joan worked in the Bursar's office (John Fairhead) from 1968 to 1974 - a popular member of the admin staff, working with Tessa Keenan, Pam Munson, PA to Headmaster, Henry Christie and latterly with Betty Houghton-Browne.
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 are holding a Memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday 2nd March 2013 and would love to welcome all Old Brightonians, families and guests.
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.