Obituaries

John Bryant (KES 1957-1961)

David Claydon (KES 1945-1953)

Les Erridge (KES 1937-1943)

Norman Vincent Hendy (KES 1950-1957) was born in Southampton in 1938. After leaving KES in 1957 he joined the family business (Hendy Ford) and, after serving as an apprentice mechanic in Bristol, he moved to Bournemouth in 1964 to run the company's office in Boscombe. In 1989 the company made a £100,000 investment in their showrooms at Lansdowne that aimed to make buying a car more like 'entering a department store and choosing an outfit'. In 1998 the firm celebrated its 100th anniversary as a limited company and now employs over 900 staff across thirty sites. Norman was a founder member of the Ferndown Rotary Club and remained an active member all his life, He was a keen yachtsman and member of several yacht clubs in the Poole area. He joined the Southampton Old Edwardians’ Freemasons’ Lodge in 1964, was Master of the Lodge in 1980 and Director of Ceremonies from 1993 to 1997 and succeeded to the senior provincial rank of Junior Grand Warden. He is survived by his sons Stephen and Paul, and will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Keith Knight (KES 1957-1962)

Edwin Sutton (KES 1934-1941)

Trevor Bryant Blandford (KES 1942-1950)
Trevor passed away in November 2015 aged 83. Whilst at school he was a keen sportsman playing for the 1st XI cricket, 1st XI hockey and 1st XV rugby teams. He was Head of School in 1950 and Head of Capon House and won an Open Entrance Scholarship to the University of Bristol.

Bernard Edwin Bloom (KES 1950-1955)
Bernard joined King Edward’s in 1950 and, upon leaving, took up an appointment with The Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company in Southampton. He led a very busy life becoming a member of the Insurance Institute and later serving as a Magistrate sitting on the Southampton Bench. For some years he was also Chairman of the Royal Sun Alliance Pensioners’ Association. Shortly after marrying, Bernard and his wife both became members of the Independent Order of Foresters (a Canadian Fraternal Association based in North America and the U.K) and he was later elected to the Board of Directors in Toronto, serving for eight years as International Fraternal President. He is survived by his wife Maureen, son Stuart, daughter Katrina and three grandchildren.

Thomas Barrie Bryant (KES 1931-1939)
After leaving school in 1939 Thomas joined Supermarine working at Hursley Park, Winchester. He later emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, where he passed away in February 2016. He is survived by his son Gavin.

Geoffrey Howard Cockett (KES1936-1943)
Geoffrey joined the School in 1936 and was evacuated to Poole at the outbreak of war. He read Maths and Physics at Southampton University and the University of London, followed by a year’s research during which period he decided to make a career as a scientist. In his younger days Geoff was a keen sportsman, playing hockey at county level during which time he met his wife, Elizabeth. Geoff spent many years working in public service at a range of Ministry of Defence establishments, principally Fort Halstead, and became Deputy Director at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. He worked on a range of research projects including High Temperature in the Royal Armament Research Establishment (RARDE), Battlefield Surveillance and Night Operations, Target Acquisition and Weapon Sighting Systems, Optics, Lasers and Surveillance Division (RARDE) and as a Consultant in Defence Science for the MOD HQ in London. He was also involved in the production of binoculars. In retirement Geoff discovered a new interest in Evolutionary Biology, stimulated by Charles Darwin’s home, Down House and he was heavily involved in the production of an application for Down House to be recognised as a World Heritage Site. Geoff was a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and was recently elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, the world’s oldest active biological society. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and his daughters Juliet and Jennifer.

Arthur Roy Kempton (KES 1942-1948)
Arthur Roy Kempton (always known as Roy) joined the School in 1942 during the evacuation years at Poole and after leaving King Edward’s he joined Esso where he was employed for forty years. During his retirement he lived in Southampton enjoying the company of his family. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, son Michael, daughters Susan and Mary and nine grandchildren.

Owen John Tressider Rowe (KES 1933-1941)
Owen Rowe was born in 1922 in Lymington. He joined King Edward’s in 1933, and was appointed Head of School in 1940 before winning an Open Scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, where he was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Classics. In 1942, he was commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment and joined the 7th Batallion as a Platoon Commander in ‘A’ Company taking part in the Normandy Landings during which he was wounded. After recovering, Owen rejoined his regiment as a Pioneer Officer in 1944. and saw further action in the Netherlands and Germany before resuming his studies at Oxford where he was awarded a First in Literae Humaniores (Greats) in 1947. His teaching career commenced in 1948 when he became a Classics Master at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, and in 1950 he was appointed Head of Classics at Charterhouse School where he remained for ten years. In 1960, Owen was appointed Headmaster of Giggleswick School in Settle where he stayed until 1970 when he was appointed Headmaster of Epsom College. At Epsom, he oversaw a myriad of expansive building projects here too and was instrumental in the admission of girls into the Sixth Form in 1976. After retiring in 1982, Owen taught Classics at St. John's School in Leatherhead and served as a Governor of Rosebery, St John's and Downside Schools. He had a lifelong interest in the Rotary Club and was a member of the Epsom Club. He is survived by his son and daughter, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His wife, Marcelle, predeceased him. Owen was awarded the Chevalier de La Legion d'Honneur by the French Government for his involvement in the Liberation of France in WWII.  Unfortunately the award arrived two weeks after his death but his family were very proud to receive it on his behalf.

Eric Wood (KES 1933-1939) passed away peacefully in Southampton General Hospital on 5th August 2015, aged 93. His wife, Joan, predeceased him in November 2012.

Anthony (Tony) Charles Allen (KES 1932-1939)

During his time at KES Tony played cricket, rugby and hockey for the School and enjoyed athletics and even boxing. He was Captain of Reynolds House, founded the Photographic Society and was a Prepositor. Tony qualified as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer upon leaving School, retiring as Director of Dreamland Appliances, a large international blanket manufacturing firm employing over 1000 people. During the war years he served in the Home Guard and married Frances in 1943. They both shared a love of golf, gardening and fishing and for many years Tony was a member of the Trojans Rugby and Football Club. He was a published author on two books on freshwater and fly angling and regularly attended the School’s annual Pre-1939 Leavers’ lunch, He leaves his two daughters Lindsay and Rosalind.

Benjamin James Atkins (KES 1927-1932)

Ben passed away peacefully in his sleep at Abbotts Barton Care Home in January aged 98. A gifted sportsman, he always remained a proud Old Edwardian.

John Albert Macdonald Bray (KES 1940-1946)

Graham David Cross (KES 1959-1966) died in October 2014 following a short illness. Whilst at KES he was a keen sportsman playing for the 1st XI hockey team but his main sporting love was always golf. He became Southampton Golf Club Champion six weeks after breaking his elbow in the school gym. On leaving school Graham started work in a bank, where he met his future wife, but soon switched to construction and eventually specialised in trouble-shooting and problem-solving. Graham’s other hobbies included motorsport and cookery and he drove a Ferrari at Silverstone just two weeks before he died. He was an active member of the OE golfing section where he is currently joint holder of the Inter House shield. He leaves his wife Denise, two children, Paul and Rachel and his brother Colin, also a former pupil.

Ronald Foyle (KES 1934-1941) had a long association with King Edward’s since his time as a pupil at School. He was a long standing school governor at KES in the 1980s during which time he served on the Finance & General Purposes Committee and was chairman of the Educational & Academic Standards Committee from 1987 May 1990. Ron was 91 when he died in January this year. He passed away peacefully at his home in Somerset.

Irvyn Bertie Keith Gough (KES 1932 – 1939) died on 22nd November 2014 aged 93.

Ken Joels (KES 1941-1946)
was born in India, but his family returned to the UK when he was very young. He attended KES during the war years and was subsequently evacuated to Poole Grammar School during this time. Until 2013 he returned annually for the Poole Veterans’ Reunion lunch. When Ken left school he was employed by the Ordnance Survey working in London, Wales and Bristol, before taking a final assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia before his retirement in 1994. He was a very keen TA officer and took his squadron over to Europe and the Channel Islands on exercise, surveying and mapping. Ken leaves behind a wife, three daughters and two granddaughters.

Ronald Alan Hay Stewart (KES 36-40) died in Feb this year. Ronald worked at the Ordnance Survey and was a former governor of the School.

David Wise (1941-1948) died in November 2014. Along with his brother, Colin, he was evacuated to Poole Grammar School during the war years where he was billeted to a family in Lower Parkstone. A keen member of the Scout troop during his time at school, David was a regular attendee of the annual Poole Veterans’ lunches.

Wing Cdr Douglas John Barnes MBE (KES 1930-1936)

Doug passed away in March 2014 aged 92. He was born in 1920, the son of a timber and coal merchant and attended King Edward’s from 1930 to 1936 after which he joined the Royal Air Force as a boy entrant and trained to become an armourer. He was seconded to the Fleet Air Arm in Sussex where he met his future wife Signe. In 1941, Doug was sent out to the Far East where he served as an air gunner on the Singapore flying boats before being transferred to Ceylon and allocated to the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes. Doug survived the sinking of the Hermes and the continuing war and eventually came back to the UK in 1943. He returned to the RAF and gained a regular commission as an Engineering Officer; the role he performed for the rest of his career. He served at home and overseas, became a Chartered Engineer and was appointed a military MBE for his conspicuous service while in Coastal Command. Doug’s last posting was at RAF Boscombe Down and he retired as a Wing Commander in 1978. During retirement, Doug served 11 years as Secretary of the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society, was a dedicated Church Warden at St. Margaret’s Church in East Wellow and became a member of the Royal British Legion, the RAFA, Rotary and Probus. Doug’s wife, Signe, and two of his daughters predeceased him but he leaves a daughter Elizabeth.

Professor Rodney Frederick William Coates Ph.D., FIEEE, MIET, C.Eng (KES 1955-1962)

Rodney was born and brought up in Southampton and both he and his younger brother, Lionel, attended KES. After leaving school he studied for his BSc in Electronics at Southampton University and went on to study for his PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast. Rodney began his academic career at the University of London later becoming a lecturer at the University College of North Wales, where he taught for fourteen years. In 1985 he moved to the University of East Anglia (UEA) as a senior lecturer progressing to Professor of Electronic Systems Engineering and Head of the Department. In 1991 Rodney was appointed Professor of Acoustical Oceanography in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, taking early retirement in 1996 whereupon he returned to Anglesey and with his wife, Gillian, founded Seiche Ltd - a company that offered week-long training courses in Underwater Acoustics. Rodney leaves his wife Gillian, a son Damion, a daughter Shana, four grandchildren and a brother.

Nathan Neil William Farnham (KES 2003-2006)

Nathan sadly passed away in January 2012 after a long and brave battle with brain cancer. He was just 22.

Harold William Frederick Ingram (KES 1937-1942)

Harold joined the School in 1937 and, after leaving School, joined the Police force as a cadet. He completed his National Service in the RAF, training as a navigator, later returning to serve in the Hampshire Constabulary for over thirty years, retiring with the rank of Acting Chief Superintendent, having spent the last ten years of his service as Staff Officer to one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary in the Home Office in London. He travelled extensively throughout the South of England carrying out pre-inspections of those forces that would eventually be visited and inspected by one of the HMI's. After his retirement from the police, he joined Hambros becoming a financial consultant, specialising in private pensions. He was a Past Master of the Friendship and Justice Lodge, a member of the Old Edwardians Lodge and held Provincial Grand Rank. Sadly in 2012 he suffered a severe stroke. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and daughters Susan and Sally from a previous marriage.

Stanley Victor Newbold (KES 1944-1949)

Stanley passed away in February 2014 aged 81.

Rev Professor Dennis Eric Nineham (KES 1932-1938)

Dennis was born in 1921 and joined the School in 1932. He was Head of Lake House when he left in 1938. Having suffered from polio as a child, Dennis was ineligible for military service and so progressed to Queen's College, Oxford, after KES, graduating with a first in Mods and Greats and a first in Theology. He completed a short course at Lincoln Theological College, before he returned to Queen's as Assistant Chaplain and, from 1946, as Chaplain. In 1954, the Dean of King's College invited him to take on the new Chair of Biblical and Historical Theology and he later became a London University Professor of Divinity. In 1964 he became Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, which was combined with a Fellowship at Emmanuel College before accepting the position as Warden of Keble College, Oxford. In 1979 he resigned and became Professor of Theology at Bristol University, and later an Honorary Canon of Bristol Cathedral. Dennis was 91 when he died. He is survived by his wife Ruth and two sons. His daughter sadly predeceased him. In an obituary published in The Times Newspaer in March 2013, he was described as being: "A Theologian and teacher whose challenging, questioning approach to the Bible inspired a generation to re-examine the nature of Faith"

Dudley Pryor (KES 1954-1995)

The School is sad to announce the death of Dudley Pryor who retired in 1995 after serving the School for 40 years. Dudley joined KES at the age of 26 as a teacher of History and Geography finishing his career as First Deputy Head and Registrar. He was born in London but brought up in Leeds where he attended Roundhay School and Leeds University. Following a period of national service in Egypt and Libya he met and married his wife Doris and moved to Southampton. Dudley was passionate about rugby and coached the 1st XV rugby as well as captaining Trojan’s Club and serving as a county referee. He was a keen painter, enjoyed painting his own landscapes and was the first recipient of the Governors’ Travel Award. Described as having a Yorkshire toughness whilst being charming, direct but always fair and never dogmatic whilst retaining a great sense of humour, he undoubtedly shaped the lives of many Edwardians during his tenure.

Barry Arthur Tarrant (KES 1930-1938)

Barry attended KES from 1930-1938 and on leaving School joined John Laing Construction Ltd for whom he worked as a surveyor for forty years. He was an active Freemason, a Past Master of Yarborough Lodge and joined the Southampton Old Edwardian Lodge in 1967. He was elected to Grand Rank in 1986. He enjoyed both cricket and golf and was a member of the Stoneham Golf Club for many years. He is survived by his wife Marie, daughter Maggie and sons Nigel and Stephen, both of whom are alumni of the School.

Michael John Verdon L.D.S., R.C.S (KES 1945-1948)

Michael joined the School for a short period (January to March 1940) before returning home to Greggs School in Southampton but coming back to King Edward's in May 1945 and staying until September 1948. After leaving, he was called up for National Service in the RAF but after demobilisation, he trained at Guys Hospital, London, where he graduated as a dental surgeon, and later became a partner in a practice in Southampton where he remained for most of his professional life. Michael was a keen gardener and director of Red Lodge Nursery in Chandlers Ford, specialising in growing dwarf conifers, and exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show for many years winning medals and other awards. He is survived by his wife Maureen and daughter Gemma.

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