Obituaries

Brian Gilchrist 51-56 G

It is with great sadness that the OWBA have learned of the death of Brian Gilchrist after a short illness…

Edward Alan Spooner Ashby 45-49 G

Alan Ashby, later known as Edward by some, matriculated in his final examinations at West Buckland, thus qualifying for university entrance…

Alfred Hunt 37-42 F

We were saddened to learn that Alfred Hunt, 37-42 F, passed away on the evening of Saturday 28th December, following an illness…

Elsie Ridding

George Ridding ‘s wife Elsie (Headmaster 1968-1978) has died peacefully at the College of St. Barnabas, a residential community of retired Anglican clergy in Surrey…

Faith Baker

When the Governors approved the building of a new girls’ boarding house, I knew exactly who I wished to appoint as the first “housemother”.  But would she accept?  Would she and Richard be willing to move from their lovely home in Goodleigh to live on site?  Happily for the school, and especially for all the girls who formed the Bamfylde community, their answer was “yes”, and they moved in during the 1990 summer holidays…

Gerald Parker

Gerald’s prospects at birth were pretty grim:  abandoned at birth on a doorstep in Bristol, with a cleft palate and very limited sight.  He was taken into the care of Barnardo’s, and he became a pupil at the West of England School for the Blind…

Naomi Leaton 84-90 B

It was with great sadness that we heard news of the death from cancer of Naomi White (née Leaton, Brereton 1984 – 90.) Naomi was in one of the earliest and largest cohorts of girls to enter West Buckland and soon established herself as the brightest, ablest and most talented of pupils…

Stephen Higgs 71-79 G

The OWBA Tom Hitchins Plymouth Lunch on 17th November was held at the Royal Western Yacht Club with it’s splendid views of the Sound, especially stunning as the sun went down. It was a special opportunity for those of us who are the friends of Lt Col Stephen Higgs 71-79 G to join him in his hometown and to spend the day together and remember old times. Although he didn’t show it Steve was very ill and four months later he sadly left us on 11th March 2013…

Dai M Wynn 57-65 C

Died on 29th December 2012 after a long illness.  He had major surgery in April 2008, then suffered a stroke a few weeks later.  He recovered reasonably well but his health deteriorated over the next few years.  He was extremely fond of his time at WBS.