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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



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.

Arthur John Dimond
The Club has learnt of the death of Arthur Dimond on 4th April 2016. Arthur went to Allhallows in 1934 in Honiton, made the move to Rousdon in 1938 and left in 1940. A Honitonian all his life, Arthur was involved in and associated with many aspects of Honiton life. He was a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Honiton Town Council 1980-84; a Churchwarden and Chair of the Church Restoration Fund at St Paul’s Church; Secretary, Captain and President of the Honiton Bowling Club 1946-2016 as well as being President of the Devon Bowling Association and actively associated with more than a dozen other organisations. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to Arthur’s family.

Brigadier Nigel Speller MBE
The Club has learnt with sadness of the death of Brigadier Nigel Speller MBE OH on Wednesday 9th March.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 14th May at 12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Colyton to which OHs are invited.
Nigel was an Army officer, Churchwarden, Lay Reader and a great supporter of the OH Club. He was a Governor of Allhallows for a number of years, was of considerable assistance in enabling the Allhallows Memorial Chapel to be established at St Michael’s Church, Honiton and conducted the annual Memorial Service in St Michael’s for 10 years and subsequently in St Paul’s, Honiton.
The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to his children, Nicholas and Charlotte.


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.