The Lost Cryptians
Old Cryptians killed during the Great War and Second World War by Simon Birch, Sarah Birch and Ray Pocock.
No less than 58 Old Cryptians in the 1914-18 and 80 in the 1939-45 conflicts, made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country. This 300 page book seeks to record their all too brief lives and what they achieved. It is a poignant story but one that deserves our respect and admiration, and a recognition that their sacrifice was not in vain.
The ‘Book Launch’ took place place at The Crypt School on Friday 17 March 2006. The book is priced at £9.99 each plus £1.99 p & p each [UK only, overseas on application]. Books can be collected in person to avoid postage costs. Cheques payable to ‘The Old Cryptians Club’ to Howard Allen, Penlan, Cheltenham Road, Pitchcombe, Stroud, GL6 6LZ. Tel : 01452 812638.
A kindle edition is available from Amazon.
John Harris (1944 – 49)
John Harris died on Sunday, 28 October 2018 in Toulouse a few weeks short of his 86th birthday.
After leaving the Crypt School he was apprenticed as a draughtsman at the Gloucester Aircraft Company. He subsequently moved to Europe and entered the space industry. Whilst working in Holland he entertained touring Old Cryptian Rugby teams.He then moved to Toulouse and worked for the European Space Industry (ESA). He became part of the management team at ESA and worked for them both in France and in Kourrou, French Guiana.
He had played almost 200 times for the OCRFC.
He leaves his wife Ilse, son Roy & daughter Tonia.
Eddie Calver 1942-49)
Eddie Calver, an Old Cryptian for many years, passed away on Thursday 27 September in the Brunswick Nursing Home after a long illness, aged 86. He leaves his wife Ruth, four children, nine grand-children and three great grand-children. He had a brother John and another brother Brian who now lives in Torquay. All were former pupils of the Crypt School. Eddie enjoyed Rugby (he captained the Old Cryptians RFC) and also played golf.
The funeral has been arranged for Monday, 15th October at the parish church of Upton-St.-Leonards at 11.30 a.m. Afterwards all who knew Eddie are invited to the Bowden Hall Hotel for drinks, sandwiches, refreshments, etc. Ruth and his son and daughters have said that sombre dress is not required. Club ties and, in particular, Old Cryptian colours will be very much appreciated. No flowers, but donations to the Edward Jenner Clinic would be appreciated (via Ernest Cocks and Sons, Funeral Directors).
Professor Douglas Brewer (1936 – 1943)
Douglas Forbes Brewer (born 22nd May 1925) died peacefully on 16th July 2018 at his home in Lewes, Sussex at the age of 93. He attended the Crypt School from 1936 to 1943 where his brother (Derek Brewer) was also a pupil, two years in advance of Douglas. He had a most successful academic career and was Emeritus Professor of Physics at Sussex University. He came to the University from Oxford in 1962 as one of the founding members of the Physics Department within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He helped to establish the low temperature group at Sussex which rapidly achieved international renown.
His daughter Charlotte has asked, on behalf of the family that if any of his Crypt contemporaries are still alive they would be very grateful if this sad news is passed on. (Contact via the Membership Secretary email@example.com )
Sadly, Audrey Pugh passed away recently. Audrey was the widow of Tony Pugh the loyal Old Cryptian of long standing who died in early 2016. The funeral of Audrey will be at Gloucester Crematorium on Friday 24th August at 12.00 noon. Afterwards there will be a gathering at the King’s Head, Upton-St. Leonards, GL4 8AA.
Bernard Acland 1929-2018
Bernard Acland (1937-42) passed away on January 10 2018 aged 88 after a long and distinguished life of public service. Bernard was a family member of strong Crypt school traditions. His father John (Jack to many) had earlier attended school (1910-1916) and later his grandsons Timothy (1966-73), Jeremy (1971-76) and Richard (1974-79) followed him.
During the 2nd WW Bernard joined various Cadet forces representing the Airforce, Army and Royal Navy. They paraded on the Crypt school playground part of which was covered with Air raid shelters.
After Crypt, Bernard attended Wycliffe school in Stonehouse and went on to St Pauls Teacher Training College in Cheltenham. He became fully committed in activities with youth organisations throughout the City and County and held an Honorary Commission with the Royal Air Force. For his steadfast work he was later awarded an O.B.E
The family business which claimed his attention was originally called The Gloucester Bottle Company. It later took over Washbournes Ltd Wine and Spirits Merchants in Bell Lane and later Berkely St.
Bernard following John his father was dedicated to Free Masonry and rose to high levels in various orders .His late wife was Daphne, the sister of Bob Short well known as a founder member of the Cotswold Auction Company active in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.
Bruce Mitchell (1951 – 54)
The funeral of Bruce Mitchell was held on 21st November 2017 at Gloucester Cathedral with some local Old Cryptians attending. Bruce was a pupil at King’s School before going on to the Crypt in 1951. He obtained a place at St Catherine’s Society (Oxford University) to read Maths but later changed to Modern History. He became a teacher at The King’s School in 1959 and stayed until 1967.
He had a great love of music and was a Gloucester Cathedral chorister from 1942 to 1949, maintaining his association with the Cathedral for much of his life.
In Gloucester he served as a local councillor and subsequently took up positions with the National Association of Youth Clubs and GLOSCAT. He also worked with numerous local and national charities.
George Hopkins (1941 – 48)
We have learned that George Hopkins died on 1 March 2017. He had been in care and not well for a period of time.
At the Crypt he was House Captain of Brown House and the 1st XV Captain 1947/48. He also played for 1st XI cricket and hockey teams. He was gifted at tennis and played in seniors’ tournaments for Devon.
George was a late entrant to the teaching profession and a graduate of the Open University.
Howard Allen observed “In every way he exemplified the best in an Old Cryptian – all energy and compassion.” Howard will be preparing a full obituary which will appear in The Cryptian later this year.
Lester Hunt (1949 – 57)
Lester Hunt, a distinguished Old Cryptian, passed away on 18th February 2017, aged 78. He had successfully fought Parkinsons Disease for nearly 30 years but died in London from an unexpected infection whilst recovering from a fall. A member of the 1stXV and Captain of Moore House, he went up to Sidney Sussex, Cambridge before joining the chemical industry and becoming a senior manager. He was an avid sailor and spent much time in France. He leaves his widow Sandra, two daughters and many grandchildren.
The memorial service for Lester will be at Highgate West Cemetery, London, N6 6PJ – access via Swain’s Lane which is one way south to north – at 2pm on Thursday 9th March and afterwards at East Wing, the Old Hall, South Grove, Highgate. Sandra Hunt would be pleased to see Old Cryptians at the service but would appreciate an email to let her know – firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Howell (1949-54)
It is with great sadness that we record the death (at 79) of Derek Howell, a Life Member of the Club. Derek passed away on Christmas Morning in Gloucester Hospital. For several years he served on the Old Cryptians Club Committee as Membership Secretary. He was a stalwart of the Old Cryptians RFC and also had a great love of cricket.
The funeral will be on Monday, 16th January 2017 at 11:00 at Upton Parish Church followed by a cremation at Gloucester Crematorium at 12:00. The family would like everyone to wear sports club ties. Donations in lieu of flowers please to Wyatt House. Everyone invited afterwards to the Old Cryptians RFC for the wake.