Obituaries

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John Patrick Bainbridge

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John Bainbridge died on 27 August 2015 at the age of 83. He entered Wagner House as a Foundationer in January 1946 at the age of 15 and left in July 1949. He led a very active life at school, being a member of the Choir and Orchestra, Stage Electrician for the Dramatic Society, Secretary of the Radio Club and a member of the Natural History Society. He was captain of Golf and played cricket for Wagner, was in the Shooting VIII, a qualified swimmer and life-saver, and was a House Monitor.

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Brian John Kidman Bird

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Brian died at The British Legion Care Home, Mais House, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex on 16th July 2015 where he has resided since 2010. Brian entered St Edmund’s in the Junior School in 1937 and later moved up to Watson House in the Senior School where he enjoyed successes at Cricket, Football and Fives. He went with the School when it was evacuated to Cornwall at the beginning of the Second World War, but left after just one term in July 1940.

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Denys Wynne Sylvester Collins

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Denys Collins entered Baker House in September 1934, the middle of three Collins brothers who came to St Edmund’s in the 1930s as Foundationers. We learned of his death through mail being returned but do not have any other details. His elder brother Paul (R P S) died in 1998 and we believe his younger brother Mervyn (J M S) has also died. All three brothers went into the Navy.

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Bahram Djazaeri

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Bahram Djazaeri died on 24 May 2014 at the age of 64. He joined Baker House with his twin brother Behzad in January 1949 and we have just learned from Behzad of Bahram’s death and will be writing more about his life in the coming weeks. Both of them were in the School Tennis VI in 1968 and left in July of that year. Bahram went on to St Andrew’s University.

Roger Henry Ellis

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Roger Ellis, a remarkable Chaplain at St Edmund’s from 1984-2000, sadly passed away in August 2015. What follows was written by his family and is, I feel, the best way to remember this wonderful man.

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Christopher John Sutherland Gill

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Christopher Gill died in Pembury Hospital on 28th July 2015 at the age of 86. Born in Wandsworth when his father was Vicar of Upper Norwood, he was only six years old when his father died at the age of 70. After attending Broadwater Manor Prep School in Worthing he entered St Edmund’s as a Foundationer in September 1942 when the school was in Cornwall and was School Captain for four terms from the time the school returned to Canterbury in October 1945 until December 1946. He was centre half in the football 1st XI, leader of the Orchestra and a member of the Choir.

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Richard Jeremy Perkins

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Jeremy Perkins died on 10th July 2015 at the age of 80. Following prep school at Hillsbrow in Reigate, Jeremy entered St Edmund’s in January 1949. Initially in Wagner House, he moved into Watson when the houses were reorganised following the reintroduction of Warneford after the war. He had a very successful school career and was an excellent all-round sportsman. He was both House Captain and School Captain in his final year. He was captain of both cricket (three years in the 1st XI) and hockey and also in the football 1st XI. He was runner-up for the Victor Ludorum in athletics, winning both the 100 yards and 440 yards, captain of golf and CSM in the CCF. He was also a member of the Choir and the Chapel Council.

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Kelvin Robert Addison-Atkinson

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Kelvin Atkinson died on 8th February 2010 at the age of 53. He entered the Junior School as a foundationer in 1967 and moved into Warneford House in 1969. He was Drum Major in the CCF, secretary of the Art Society and Judo Club and a keen cross-country runner and left school in 1974 to attend St Augustine’s College, Canterbury, where he qualified as a teacher.

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George Edward Aisbitt

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Edward Aisbitt died on 23rd November, two days after reaching his 100th birthday – only the third recorded Old Boy to have achieved this milestone. He entered the Junior School as a foundationer in January 1919.

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Michael Stephen Arthur

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Mike Arthur died on 6 September 2015 at the age of 79. He was in Watson House from 1949-55, but no records about him exist at the school, although as a result of going through some old magazines it has been possible to find a few things about his years at school.

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