Trusty Servant May 2019 No.127 - Page 25

No.127 The Trusty Servant Obituary We write obituaries for all Old Wykehamists and it would be invaluable to us if OWs were to send us some notes about their life, covering a little bit more than appears in the Winchester College Register. These should be addressed to: The Obituarist, Winchester College Society, 73 Kingsgate Street, Winchester SO23 9PE. Julian John Hamling Smith (Co Ro, 53-92): died 22.2.2019 aged 89. Father of CNNS (K, 78-83) and EMGS (K, 85- 86). He was first a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge 1940-44 then attended Dulwich College where he was in the Cricket XI for three years. National Service with the Intelligence Corps, with whom he served in Austria. Edinburgh University, Mus B 1950-53. He came to Winchester in 1953 when he began a long and successful career. He taught singing, German and the piano, and was responsible for Yearlings cricket for ten years. He founded and directed Chantry Choir before becoming Director of Chapel Music 1979-92. He led numerous overseas choral tours and under his direction the Quiristers won a major ITV competition. He performed in the Premier of Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem and was a soloist in Winchester College opera; he remained a member of the Visiting Music Staff until 2012. He is survived by Fiona, his wife of 55 years with whom he was a stalwart supporter of the Winchester College community, and their daughter. See Keith Pusey’s appreciation above. David Hugh Martin Foster (Co Ro, 64-69): died 4.10.2018. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath; Caius College, Cambridge, Modern Languages, BA 1961; Dip Ed, Oxford. He came to Winchester in 1964 and taught German and French, moving to Trinity Comprehensive School Carlisle in 1969. He then started a new venture in North Devon combining Sixth Forms with a Technical College. In 1980, he was invited to become an HM Inspector of Schools based in Norwich, after a year of which he was seconded to the Audit Commission. Wishing to return to teaching, he applied to VSO who were looking for teachers in English after the fall of communism and joined the Pedagogical Faculty at the University of Nitra in Slovakia, where western teaching methods were revolutionary. Always wishing to explore new ideas, he finally ran University of the Third Age classes in Norwich. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 50 years, and their two sons and a daughter. Roger Macbeth Rigby (I, 36-40): died 19.1.2019 aged 96 as our 9 th Sen Man. Art Prize. Magdalene Cambridge, following which he joined 18 th KEO Cavalry on the North West Frontier. After the war he was ADC to Deputy Chief of Staff, Control Commission Germany and retired in 1951. He then became General Manager, GKN, where he set up factories in Pakistan using his Urdu learnt during the war. He later worked for various architects including Sir Basil Spence whose practice he ran 1956-61. Then finally he was Director of Ave Arup Partnership, consulting engineers, 1962- 85, where he was responsible for setting up their innovative partnership scheme (similar to John Lewis). He was pivotal in allowing the company to flourish and become internationally renowned. One of his major achievements was designing and building Ansty Plum, a modernist open-plan house in Ansty, Wiltshire, which in 2016 received an RIBA House of the Year award. He was a gifted and productive artist exhibiting his paintings and glass engravings in both London and Wiltshire. Married 1957 Patricia Tufnell who predeceased him. He is survived by their two daughters. 25 John Nicholas Somerville (I, 36-42): died 9.9.2018 aged 94. Son of DHSS (I, 03-08) and brother of CS (I, 35-40). RMC OCTU Sword of Honour 1943 and commissioned into the South Wales Borderers. He landed on Gold Beach at 10.30am on D-Day and, having gathered his party, he cycled inland for 15 miles to the assembly area and reached the objective, the bridge at Vaux-sur-Aure, before last light. He later celebrated his 21 st birthday as a company commander, took part in the second Battle of Arnhem and led his company into Hamburg on 2 nd May 1945. Mentioned in Despatches. After being an Instructor at RMAS and attending Staff College, he was with the South Wales Borderers in the Malayan Emergency 1957-58 and commanded them in Hong Kong and Aden, 1966. Mentioned in Despatches a second time. He was promoted Colonel and was the driving force in establishing the Junior Division of the Staff College as its first Commandant1969-73. He was appointed CBE in 1972 and promoted Brigadier to became one of the most successful Directors of Army Recruiting 1973-75, when he reversed a downward trend. A hip operation blocked his promotion to Major-General so finally he was Vice President, the Regular Commissions Board, 1975-78. In 1980 he became consultant, Personnel Selection, for the Conservative Party for which he devised a 36-hour residential course to assess candidates. He was knighted in 1985. He was Commodore of the South Cork Sailing Club 1987-2005 when it went from strength to strength. He was churchwarden at Greywell for many years. David Fellowes (I, 63- 67) read at Hopper’s Preces from the delightful exchange of letters between Sommerville and his housemaster, the Bobber, covering the time that he entered the Army until after D-Day. (Recorded in TS116, Nov 2013). His