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Welcome to OM Announcements.  Please send Caroline Bone our Information and Alumni Officer any announcements you would like posted on this page. Please include a photograph if possible. 

Edward Osmond (66)

We are sad to announce the passing of Edward Osmond (66) who died suddenly on 25th May aged 70.  Edward attended all three Schools starting at Glenburnie going right through to the Senior School.   He was an enthusiastic Old Monktonian often playing OM Hockey and cricket as well as attending many events.  He will be much missed by family and friends and all that knew him.

Jeremy Wordsworth

OMs will be sorry to hear that Rev Jeremy Wordsworth has recently died. He was best known at Monkton by generations of MCJS pupils, where he was Honorary Chaplain from 1994 for a number of years. He will be remembered for his unstinting support of pupils and staff at all levels of the Monkton community, for his sense of humour, and for his care for those in need.  We send our condolences to Liz, his wife, and to John, Matt and their families.

Richard 'Dick' Goodwin (54)

Richard Nigel Goodwin (54) died on the 21st June 2019. Born in Oxford in 1936, the eldest son of the Vice Principal of Jesus College, he was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford and Monkton Combe School. Whilst at Monkton  he was a member of the  the first XV when the school beat Kingswood School for the first time.  He followed a career in the flour milling industry – rising to become Operations Director of Dalgety Spillers before retirement. In 1961 he married Heidi Sinbert to whom he was married for fifty eight years. They had two children – Stephen and Suzanne.

David Judson (59)

We are sad to announce that David Judson (59) has passed away.  There will be a thanksgiving service at St George's Church Leeds on Saturday May 11th.  To read a full obit please click on the link below.

Dr T M Richards (43)

We are sad to report that Dr T M Richards (43) passed away on the 8th August 2017 aged 92.  To read a full obituary please click on the link below.

Gordon Bramah (48)

We are sorry to report that Gordon Bramah (1948) passed away after a short illness on 15 December 2017, or as he would put it ‘was taken by the enemy’!  Please click on the link for an obituary.


Michael Bagnall-Oakeley (49)

We are sad to announche that Michael Bagnall-Oakeley (49) died on the 20th February aged 86.  

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Philip Denny

We are sad to announce that Philip Denny, former teacher and houseparent at the Senior School has died.  Please see attached tribute from Honorary OM Peter Marsden. Philip's funeral will be at Shepton Mallet Crematorium on the 22nd March at 2.00pm.

David Major (40)

David Major (40) died on the 12th April 2018.  David studied at Manchester University, cut short by his war service, he was a pilot with the RAF from 1942 - 1946.  After the war he became a solicitor and later became a lay preacher working fo ten years as Chalain at Warwick Hospital.  In 1997 he Publishes a book “Wing Commander Jack Little DFC”.

Roger Wingate (60)

We are sad to announce the death of OM Roger Wingate who has died at the age of 75.  Roger was at Monkton from 1955 to 1960 and was a keen rower. Roger Melson Wingate - 21/08/1942 to 05/05/2018 - father, brother, son, grandfather and friend he will be greatly missed.  Please click on the link below to read more about Roger's life.

Andrew Hopper QC (66)

Andrew Hopper died on 25th July 2018 at home in South Wales. At Monkton from 1962 to 1966, he enjoyed the company of a small circle of friends. Iain Torrance (left Dec 1966) shared one of the small dormitories at the top of Bryans with him and remembers him warmly.

After leaving Monkton he had a distinguished and somewhat unusual career as a solicitor, qualifying in 1972, and becoming a partner in a Cardiff firm. In 1977 he became Deputy Coroner of South Glamorgan, the youngest person ever appointed as a Coroner. In later years he established a highly successful niche practice concerned with professional regulation and discipline, particularly relating to solicitors. In 2001 he became QC, only the fifth solicitor to do so. For many years he assisted solicitors in regulatory difficulties, and became renowned for his courageous and persistent fighting of their corner.

In private life, he was fond of tennis and badminton, cheese and red wine. He was married for many years to Ros. Sadly he was still under 70 at the time of his death.

Graham Cann (55)

We are sad to announce the death of Graham Cann from a heart attack last week. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 4th September at St. Basils Church, Bassalege, Gwent.  If you plan to attend please note that there are roadworks between the Motorway and the church.

Colin Carpenter

We are sad to anounce that Colin Carpenter from Australia who was an exchange teacher at Monkton in the 80's has passed away on the 29th August following a very severe, but brief, heart issue. He was 66 years old.

Colin swapped places with Mr Borton at Monkton for a year and coached cricket as well as his teaching commitments.  He was an active, intelligent and humorous member of The King’s School from 1976-1999. A gifted and passionate English teacher, he was also Housemaster of Broughton House from 1996-1999, 1st XI Cricket Coach from 1978-1981 and Master in Charge of Cricket from 1982-1994.

He leaves behind Maureen, Lucy, Madeleine, Alexander and Isabelle and their families, including very new grandsons, Thomas and Beau.

John Blackburn (61)

John Foster Blackburn (61) on 29th January 2019, aged 76, died in Caylus, France. A funeral service will be held in Caylus at 3pm, on Monday 4th February 2019. A memorial service will be arranged in England. Further details will be announced shortly'.

He was an outstanding hockey goalkeeper both at Monkton and at Oxford, where he read Geography at St Edmund Hall. He than taught for two years at Charterhouse School before moving to the Dragon School, Oxford. All the masters there were known publicly by their nicknames, and he was always 'Splash'. He was a housemaster, then latterly Senior Master until early retirement in 1992 when he moved to Calus, southern France, as a guest house proprietor.

Phyllida Monroe (15) & Christian Stuart

Phyllida Monroe (15) married Christian Stuart in central London on December 22nd 2018.  OMs in the bridal party were: Charmian Monroe (OM 18), Audley Monroe (School House), Savannah Myers (OM 15), Kate Padiachy (OM 15) and Inez Padiachy (OM 16)

Lady Peggy Chadwick

Lady Peggy Chadwick (Clarendon 1933 - 1937) passed away at the end of December aged 100. OMs and OCs who attended the OM President's lunch in London last year will remember her speaking to us all about her time at Clarendon and her and her twin sisters adventures swapping places at various events. Peggy and her and her family also featured in the last OM Club magazine.  A memorial service will be held in Oxford in March.

Sir Charles Farr - CMG, OBE

We are sad to report that Old Monktonian Sir Charles Farr has died at the age of 59.  Sir Charles returned to Monkton a few years ago to give a lecture on his work as an intelligence officer and diplomat.  To read his full obituary please click here:

A funeral service will be held at Haycombe Crematorium on 11th March @ 13:15 and a memorial service at a later date in London

Alastair Scott-Mitchell (52)

Alastair Scott-Mitchell (52) died on the 14th December 2018 in NSW Australia.  Whilst at Monkton Alastair rowed at No 6 in the 1st VIII that reached the final of the Princess Elizabeth Cup, Henley Royal Regatta in 1952.  Alastair followed in his father’s footsteps and studied Architecture at the Bartlett School, University College, London.  During that period he won a scholarship to study at the Sorbonne in Paris for 2 years.  He contributed successfully working in leading architectural firms in the UK and Sydney.  His work involved the construction and interior design of the Bank of New Zealand Head Office in Auckland.

Canon Richard Meyer (62)

We are sad to announce the passing of Canon Richard Meyer.  Please see obituary kindly written by Peter LeRoy.  There will be a Requiem Mass held in Sherborne Abbey on 2nd July at 2.30pm.

David Mervyn Gilbart-Smith (61)

We are sad to announce the passing of David Gilbart-Smith who has died at the age of 74.  David attended Monkton in the late 50s.  He spent a large part of his life in Vancouver, Canada.  For a full obituary click here.

Daniel Ridgeon (11) and Harriet Tebbutt

Congratulations to Daniel Ridgeon (11) who married Harriet Tebbutt on 28th October 2017. 

Dan Gower (09) & Sophie Gray

Dan Gower (09) and Sophie Gray married on 3rd August 2018 at Upcote Barn in Withington, Cheltenham

Robin John Bagnall-Oakeley (84)

Robin Bagnall-Oakeley (84) death on 23 March 2018 was sudden and accidental and came soon after the expected death of his father, Michael Bagnall-Oakeley (1949), on 20 February 2018.

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Jack Barnes (11) & Laura Gower (11)

Jack Barnes (11) and Laura Gower (11) married on 1st December 2018 at Widbrook Grange in Bradford on Avon

Gavin St John

We have recently received the news that Gavin St. John (80) passed away on the 1st June 2017 after a brave, long and hard fight against leukaemia.  Gavin attended both Monkton Junior and Senior Schools and was in Grove House.  After leaving Monkton Gavin took Business Studies and then worked in the City before becoming a Head Hunter, mainly appointing candidates in the financial sector.  He became a Roman Catholic when he married in 1998.  His funeral was conducted by Archbishop Paul Gallagher in Westminster Cathedral and was attended by many of his family and some six hundred friends and collegues.  He leaves a wife and three children.