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Frank Cowley

Frank Cowley passed away on September 10th ,at the grand old age of 84.He had been suffering with cancer, but died peacefully in Woking Hospice.
Frank was always proud of his association with the school, especially since he and Paul Leach were the first two scholarship boys to attend Kings. He relished his schooldays, particularly when involved in any kind of sport.
Frank retained a love of cricket all through his life, amassing a collection of nearly 2000 cricket books. His had a highly successful career in electronics, and despite spending most of his life in Surrey maintained strong connections with Ely and people from his past. He and his wife Pam always looked forward to the meetings of Old Eleans.

Nigel Clarke

We were very sad to learn that Nigel, honorary Old Elean, died over the weekend of 12/13 March 2016

Nigel started at King’s on 20th May 1974 as Chief Laboratory Technician and from 1984 he was also a Coach in the Boat Club. On 1st January 1984 he became Clerk of Works and on 1st Sept 1994, Assistant Bursar until his retirement on 31st Aug 2010.

We will hold Carol and their son, James who is also an Old Elean, in our thoughts and prayers.

Nigel’s funeral will take place on Monday 4th April, at 13.30 at Fenland Crematorium in March. Please let know if you are attending. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Monastic Barn at 3pm.

Mark Watterson

We are sad to report the death of Mark Watterson, aged 62. Mark left King’s Ely in 1971, he became a Chartered Surveyor and lived at Chettisham.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of St Michael in Chettisham, at 1pm on Friday 22 January.

Ian Matheson

We were saddened to learn of the death of Ian Matheson, long-time servant of the school who began here in 1960, and eventually became Senior Master until his retirement in 1994. Ian died following a long illness on Wednesday, 11th March.

His funeral will take place in Ely Cathedral on Monday 30th March at 2pm, followed by refreshments in the Monastic Barn.

Peter Snow (1942 – 1949)

Peter died suddenly, but peacefully, at his home in Ross-shire, Highland, on Sunday, 25th January, 2015, aged 82 years. Devoted husband of Caroline, loving father of Lucinda, Alice and Will and a proud grandfather of Ben, Sam and Harriet.

Peter and Caroline enjoyed a very happy day at the Reunion on the 20th April, 1996, along with John Hutchcraft (with his wife, Joan) and John Snushall and Peter Kisby. Peter enjoyed catching up with many of his old schoolfriends on that day

David Scott

David Scott, teacher of Geography and Maths at Kings School Ely from 1957 to 1980, has died at the age of 96. David was housemaster of School House and then Oppidans A. He also set up the first Careers Office and was described as a ‘model for all careers masters’.

There will be a memorial service at St Benet’s Church in Cambridge on 24th January 2015 at 12 noon followed by refreshments. All are welcome. The family may be contacted at

Marcus William Shadforth MA BSc FRPharmS 1915 to 2010

Marcus was educated at Kings School, Ely, Brentwood School, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the School of Pharmacy, University of London. He married Sylvia Moon in August 1940, the start of a long and happy partnership. During the second world war, he was engaged as a chemist and bacteriologist, conducting research into food products in support of the war effort. He was a founder member of the Society of Dairy Technology.

Later, as a director of Shadforth Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., the company started by his father, he held the business together whilst it was badly affected by the blitz of East London. After the war, as Managing Director he led the successful expansion and development of the business, up to his retirement in 1982.

After retirement, he settled in New Zealand. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity and a Freeman of the City of London. He was also a devoted family man, father of four, grandfather of eight and great grandfather of four children.

David Brasnett 1922-2013

A dedicated West Norfolk farmer and the last of an agricultural family who could trace their roots back to the 1560s, David passed away on August 16th 2013 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He started school at King’s Ely in 1930 as an 8 year old and left in 1939 to become part of the local LDV, of which his father was appointed special constable.

In an informal memoir written for his family in 1997, David described his life on the farm during this period as ‘very hard and very busy’ however, after the spartan life at boarding school ‘quite tolerable’! When war broke out he enlisted, hoping to be accepted as a pilot, but due to deafness in one ear he became an aircraft fitter.

David’s war years were mostly spent serving in Egypt and North Africa. When his father was taken seriously ill in 1944, David was called home on indefinite leave to help run the family farm. Unfortunately this meant that he was unable to take up the place he had been offered before the war at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

He married in 1946, and in 1970 bought Hall Farm at East Winch, which he continued to work for the rest of his life. During his eighties David wrote a series of short stories and anecdotes about farming life, and the huge changes in agriculture he had witnessed. His book ‘Tall Stories and Short Tales of an Old Farmer’ was published in 2012. An active supporter of the church and a key figure in the local farming community – David will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Susie and Mary, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John Michael Bennett

John Michael Bennett an Old Elean from 1937-1944 sadly died on 30th October 2010.

John Lionel Vicery Summerhayes

John Lionel Vicery Summerhayes left King’s 1942, died 9th August 2010

Dudley Wesley

Dudley Wesley at King’s 1923-1931, died May 2010

David John Mapus-Smith

David John Mapus-Smith left King’s 1982, died 10th July 2009 (aged 40 years)

Atken Armenian

Atken Armenian died on December 26th 2008 in Montreal, Canada aged 64

Nicholas Lock

Nicholas Lock left King’s 1962, died 14th September 2008