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Births, Marriages & Deaths

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. 

Robin John Bagnall-Oakeley (84)

We are sad to announce the passing of Robin John Bagnall-Oakeley who has died at the age of 52 on 23rd March.  Much loved son to April and brother to Mark.  His funeral will take place on 16th April @ 1.30 at St Michael's Church Monkton Combe.

Mike Lapage (42)

We are sad to announce the passing of OM Rev Michael Lapage who has died at the age of 94.  Mike won a silver medal in rowing at the 1948 Olympic Games.  He learned to row at Monkton between 1940 and 1942.  To read British Rowing's tribute to him please click here.  You can also read a tribute from Michael Hepworth by clicking here.

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.

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.

David Date

We are sad to announce that David Date passed away on 12th December 2017.  The following is a tribute to David written by a former pupil of his David Morgan (62):

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 announce the passing of Michael Bagnall-Oakeley (49) who died on the 20th February aged 86.  His funeral is on Monday 12th March at St Michael’s, Monkton Combe at 1.30 pm.

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”.

Brigadier Tim Hackworth (51)

We are sad to announce the death of Brigadier Tim Hackworth who died of heart failure on September 29 2017 aged 84.  For a full obituary please click here.

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. 

Matthew Colborn (06)

It’s with great sadness that we share with you that Matthew Colborn (06) died unexpectedly on 8th Feb 2018. He joined MCJS in 1997, going on to board in Grove House at the Senior School four years later. Academically gifted, he developed a keen interest in chemistry which he went on to read at Manchester University.

Matt’s career following university was colourful and varied. He made a big impact in his Gloucestershire community and made many good friends, not least his beloved girlfriend, Tasmin. A talented drummer, he loved nothing more than to jam with brother Rob, or walk his dog, Reuben, named after his favourite F1 driver - a sport for which he held a passion.

Matt was well known for his influential charisma – he loved to debate, and would speak ardently but sensitively, traits that were honed in Monkton’s Clark Society. He had a profound sense of right and wrong, and would never shy away from offering his opinion. His sharp humour was formidable but always good natured, and he saw humour in the least expected of situations. Always loyal, he would always be on hand to comfort and counsel.

Matt will forever be remembered by those who knew him best - his parents Hugh & Jill, Rob, Tasmin, close friends and of course the countless people whose lives he touched.  A celebration of his life will be held at 12.30pm on Weds 28th February, at St Peter’s Church in Newnham-on-Severn. 

Elizabeth Chorley

We are sad to announce that Elizabeth Chorley former Head of Pre-Prep (Glenburnie) died on the 2nd March.  We will post more details when we have them. Please click on the link below to read a tribute to Elizabeth by Deirdre Greenshields.  Elizabeth's funeral will take place on Monday 26th March at 2pm, St Michael's Church, Monkton Combe.

Pat Moss

We are sad to report that Pat Moss former teacher at Clarendon Girl's School passed away on Monday 12th March.  Pat’s funeral will take place on Monday 9th April 2018 at 2pm at St Matthew’s Church, 103 Tarring Road, Worthing BN11 4HB.  There will be refreshments following the service.

Lotte Waller (nee Creeth) (03) & Major Harry Waller

We are pleased announce the marriage of Lotte Waller nee Creeth (03) to Major Harry Waller Royal Horse Artillery on 20th May 2017 at Middle Woodford Church.  The reception was held at Larkhill Packway Officers Mess.

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.