Brian Jones – (1946-53)
Howard Allen writes with sad news.
“I much regret to inform you that my very dear friend B.A. ‘Brian’ Jones passed away on Thursday in hospital of CV 19. He was aged 86.
Brian was President of OCC, a member of OCRFC and played for GRFC in early 1960s. A tremendous back row forward and popular for his dash with the Shed.
He was commissioned in Royal Artillery in mid 1950s-short service commission with his National Service.
He was for many years an outstanding presenter and commentator in motor racing at Brands hatch and other circuits. He possessed a wonderful command of the spoken word and a memorable voice.
He is the only brother of Gordon Jones – former president OCC- now approaching his 90th birthday.
We grew up in The Oval in the war and post war years – Brian at 33 – me at 23-such happy times-from cowboys to sport!”
The Club extends its condolences to Gordon and Brian’s family.
A number of online obituaries have been published:
For an overview of his many broadcasts, please see his website.
Robert Ireland (1949-57)
We are saddened to learn of the passing in October 2020 of Bob Ireland who was at the Crypt School 1949-57 and who had spoken at the 475th anniversary dinner.
Bob was a pioneer of air travel magazine publishing and we will have an obituary in the next Cryptian.
John Allison MRPharmS (1946 – 53)
We are saddened to learn of the passing in October 2020 of John Allison MRPharmS who was at the Crypt School 1946-53.
John was a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and practised for many
years in the Linden district of Gloucester.
Thanks to Dr. Graham Russell for passing the news on to us.
Peter Power MbChB (1942-49)
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Old Cryptian Peter Power who was at the Crypt School from 1942-1949 before studying medicine at Bristol University Medical School with fellow Cryptians Alec Horton, Graham Russell & Bryan Green. He was for a time in General Medical Practice in Gloucester.
He made 135 appearances for the Old Cryptian Rugby Club from 1951-1971.
Thanks to Dr. Graham Russell for passing the news on to us.
J I Packer – 1926 – 2020 (1937-1944)
J I Packer was a pupil of the School from 1937-44 before going up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1944.
He was a celebrated evangelical theologian and writer in the low-church Anglican and Calvinist traditions. He was considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America, known for his best-selling book, Knowing God, written in 1973, as well as his work as an editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He was one of the high-profile signers on the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, a member on the advisory board of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and also was involved in the ecumenical book Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1994. His last teaching position was as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, in which he served from 1996 until his retirement in 2016, due to failing eyesight.
There are many obituaries to J I Packer on line, including this from the Gospel Coalition
Lindsay Pickering – 17 Feb 1959 – 26 Apr 2020
Old Cryptian (1970 – 1975) Lindsay Pickering passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday 26th April 2020.
Lindsay’s long term partner Peter Routely writes –
“Lindsay was a beautiful strong man who survived many serious health issues over the last twenty odd years. We had been preparing for this day for nearly all of that time. We were lucky to have had the opportunity to say everything that we ever needed to say to each other. Finally he is at peace.
Lindsay’s funeral was held on Tuesday 19th May at 12.00 at Taunton Deane Crematorium. Because of the current situation and limitations on numbers it was by invitation only. We are not asking for donations for any charity because Lindsay believed charity only existed because the government had failed us.
Thank you all for your kind messages and shared memories.
Ben Brown – Istanbul Challenge
It is with great sadness we learn of the loss of former Cryptian Ben Brown.
Ben left the school about 6 years ago to go to Welbeck College and then on into the Army. Sadly, Ben took his own life two weeks ago. He had hidden his struggle with mental illness from everyone and it came as a great shock to all his family and friends. He was always an outgoing person and had a likeable cheekiness in his approach to life, so it is hard to believe that he has passed.
Following this tragic loss, Ben’s family and friends have joined together to honour his life and raise awareness about the issues surrounding mental health, neuro-diversity and the prevention of young suicide.
Ben was a big part of Typhoon Squadron in the Army and one exercise he was extremely fond of and could not wait to see come to fruition was ‘Trans-Europe’, a summer long exercise covering the majority of Europe in four stages. Starting in Loughborough, the Squadron planned to travel all the way to Istanbul and back again; however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic the exercise could not go ahead. Typhoon Squadron have now decided the best way to honour Ben is to complete the journey he had originally planned and have set up a team challenge to run the 4600 miles to Istanbul and back.
You can follow the progress of the “race” to Istanbul and back at the Challenge website.
Air Vice-Marshal John Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC
We are sad to learn that Air Vice-Marshal John Thornett Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC, who was educated at the school, died on 18 December.
There are obituaries available on line from
Also a brief biography on the RAF Web.
*We have requested permission to reproduce the obituary in full which we will do assuming permission is granted.
Gerald Harris 1947 – 1953
Gerald Harris, born in 1936, died on 28th October 2019 aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a husband to Irene, dear father of Jane, Claire and Fiona and much loved grandfather and great-grandfather. The funeral service was held at Gloucester Crematorium on 27th November.
After the Crypt School, he attended St Luke’s College, Exeter, qualifying as a School Teacher. He was to become a well-respected Headmaster of Warden Hill School in Cheltenham.
Gerald captained the Old Cryptians’ Rugby Football Club, playing in 217 matches.
He was an ardent and loyal member of the OCC committee for many years.
[A full obituary will be published in the next Cryptian magazine.]
John Crowe (1934 – 40)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John (CJ) Crowe. John died on 10th May 2019, aged 95. He was a loving husband to Connie, father to Geoffrey and Brian, father-in-law to Jane and Hilary, and grandfather to Jared and Joel. The funeral service at will be held at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30 p.m. on Monday 3rd June. Refreshments at Wildernesse Golf Club, Sevenoaks. All enquiries to Francis Chappell & Sons. Tel: 01732 450203.
John was a high achiever in his career with ICI which built on his graduation from the London School of Economics.
John was very generous to the Crypt School in his lifetime. He was a very loyal, long term and popular member of the Old Cryptians Club and this was recognised by Life Membership. He attended events in Gloucester, Oxford and London until quite recently. Old Cryptians will be welcomed on the 10th May but please contact the family via the ‘phone number above.