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The 2017 OH Magazine

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Devon & Dorsets Memorial

A memorial to those who gave their lives whilst serving with the Devon Regiment, the Dorset Regiment and the Devon & Dorsets, formed in 1958 as a result of the merger of the two individual regiments, is to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum. The photograph shows what the memorial will look like.

The Allhallows CCF, Army section, was affiliated to the Devon Regiment and subsequently to the Devon & Dorsets and many OHs will remember their days in the CCF under the watchful eyes and instruction of RSM Harry Agar, late Devon Regiment, and CSM ‘Sid’ Cornish, late Devon Regiment, as well as Sgt Major Hickson and others. Two masters who will be remembered by many for different reasons, James Turner and Jack Jarchow, also served with the Devonshire Regiment.

The OH Club will be making a donation to the D&D Memorial Fund and OHs are invited to make their own contribution through the Club, cheques payable to the OH Club (on the back please write ‘D&D’) and to be mailed to the Hon Treasurer, Robin Grey, 3 Snows Hill,Tisbury SP3 6RY. For bank to bank transfers please contact Robin at

Alec Crawford
Hon Sec
OH Club



Visits to Rousdon

It is fully understandable that many OHs will wish to visit the Rousdon/Allhallows estate to rekindle old memories and to see what development has taken place in recent years.

Those who attended the 500th Luncheon will have heard the comments of our guest speaker , Professor John Broome who lives in the old Pavilion.

Naturally the residents wish to maintain a degree of awareness about visitors. It would therefore be appreciated if OHs wishing to arrange a visit to Rousdon would contact Judith Ellard – prior to the day of their visit .

Please remember the estate is privately owned so please keep to the roads and footpaths.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding

Kind regards Roddy Long



Roger Edward Causton Strofton
The Club has learnt of the death of Roger Strofton on 25th January aged 81. Roger went to Allhallows in 1949 and had a distinguished sporting career being awarded his colours for rugby, hockey and cricket. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 21st February at 12 noon at Welwyn Parish Church. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to Roger's family and friends.

Colonel John David Shallow MC RM
The Club has learnt of the death of David Shallow on 1st February aged 89. David
went to Allhallows in 1941, following his sister Rosemary as the second of nine members of the Shallow family at the school between 1940 and 1979. David was an outstanding sportsman, captaining the 1st rugby, hockey and cricket teams. A Service of Thanksgiving for David's life will be held on Friday 17th February at 1.00pm at St Nicholas Church, Husthwaite, York. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to David's family and friends.

Ron Algie

All OHs who knew him and other friends will be very sorry to hear that Ron Algie died on 18th December 2016, aged 68, at a hospital in Karachi, where he had been teaching at the British Overseas School for several years. Ron was born in Auckland, New Zealand and studied there for his BA. He came to Allhallows from King’s, Auckland in September 1977, initially for a year, and successfully took over the English Department when Geoff Johnston left. Ron returned to New Zealand in 1979 with Helga, whom he had married at Easter, the mother of Mark Marshall (V75-80) and Emma. His Father, Sir Ronald Algie, was an MP, Speaker of the New Zealand House and a Professor of Law.

At Allhallows Ron was first House Tutor of Baker and later Assistant Housemaster of Stanton. He made an enormous contribution to the academic and extra-mural life of the School, but it is perhaps for his work behind the scenes that most of his pupils will remember Ron – for his study door was never closed and his methods were not always orthodox. His ability to bring out the best in each individual was a true gift. He mainly taught English and Classics; he had a charming manner and could talk to anyone about anything!

Peter Larkman reappointed him in 1990 as Housemaster of Middlemist, then situated where Shallow had been, and which he ran with his customary, caring approach together with, of course, Helga’s valuable assistance. He was a persuasive ambassador for the School, under Keith Moore’s headship, at Independent Schools’ ISIS Exhibitions. When Allhallows closed at Christmas 1998, Ron and Helga took some of his pupils, who remain devoted OHs, to Wycliffe. His Funeral was held in New Zealand, and our sympathy goes to his Family there as well as to Helga, Mark and Emma. A Service of Thanksgiving is to be arranged at a future date, in Colyton.

Christopher Peter Collinson
The Club has learnt of the death of Christopher Peter Collinson on 5th January 2017. His sons, Alexander and Ian, have written:
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Father – Christopher Peter Collinson – on Thursday January 5, 2017.
Dad was born in Bournemouth on October 19, 1935 and was a pupil of Allhallows School when it was located at Rousdon. He was a member of the School’s Combined Cadet Force becoming an excellent shot and earned his colors playing as a prop forward in the School First XV Rugby Team. He became Head Boy in 1954.
His national service was with the Devonshire Regiment (11th of Foot) and then the 1st Battalion 10th Princess Mary’s Own GURKHA RIFLES with whom he went on operations in the jungles of Malaya during the “Malayan Emergency”.
After his service with the Gurkhas, he joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and became a member of the Royal Hong Kong Defence Force. On his return to the UK he joined Lloyds Bank and served in the Devonshire Regiment (1st Rifle Volunteer) Territorial Army.
He married in 1964 and is survived by his sister Lynette and sons Alexander and Iain.
Funeral services will be held at St. Blaise Church in Haccombe TQ12 4SJ on Saturday 21st January at 2.30pm. Memorial donations may be made in Dad’s name to The Gurkha Welfare Trust PO BOX 2170 22 Queen Street Salisbury SP2 2EX Tel: 01722 323 955”

The Club’s sympathy and condolences got to Alexander, Ian and the family.

Claudius John Algar
The Club has learnt of the death of Claudius John Algar (Shallow 1945-50) on 29th November 2016. The funeral will take place at St Nicholas Church, Hillfield, Dorset DT2 7BA on Friday 16th December at 12 noon. A Service of Thanksgiving will be announced in the New Year. The Club extends its sympathy and condolences to the family.

Joe Ernest Ronald Coleman
The Club has learnt of the death of Joe Ernest Ronald Coleman (Middlemist 1956-59) on 2nd October. A Thanksgiving Service for Joe’s life will be held on Friday 21st October at 2.30pm at St John the Evangelist Church, Tincleton, near Dorchester. The Club extends its sympathy and condolences to the family.

Tom Vaughan at the 500th lunchThomas James Vaughan

The Club has learnt from his widow, Laurie, of Tom’s death on 1st July aged 92.
Laurie writes :
“Tom died with all his family round him and at the home he designed and had built in 2007 in Emsworth in the veggie garden of our old home 19, King Street. He was so proud to be at the 500 year anniversary with one of our sons. He loved his time at the school, first Honiton and then Rousdon and was called up in 1942 from school to go into the Navy. When he left the Navy he went into advertising and finished up his working life as Deputy Chairman and part owner of Lonsdales where he had been responsible for all Abbey National’s advertising ( including “The Abbey Habit”). He was a happy man and loved his sailing and was Commodore for 2 Clubs. Our 2 sons and 1 daughter and I
miss him enormously with his big grin and enormous zest for life.”

The Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to Laurie and the family.

Michael John Bernard Koppel
The Club has learnt of the death of Father Michael Koppel on 18th May 2016. A Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday 26th May at 11.30am in St Mary’s RC Church, Lyme Road, Axminster. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to Michael’s family and friends.


Anybody with reminiscences or information about Tom Vaughan, Arthur Dimond or Nigel Speller while at school or afterwards is invited to send their material to Alec Crawford, Hon Sec OH Club, at for possible inclusion in the next issue of the OH Magazine.