Neil Wylie (OD 1924)

Neil Wylie on his 100th birthdayNeil Wylie entered the Dragon in 1917, following his brother Francis and preceding his brother Shaun. He then moved on to Sedbergh on a Scholarship. It was then back to Oxford and Oriel College where he read Forestry. This led to employment with the Forestry Commission, which was considered to be essential work and so he did not have to join the RAF until 1942. During his training in Canada he was known as Dad Wylie because he was so much older than the other pilots.

After the War he rejoined the Forestry Commission as Deputy Surveyor of the Forest of Dean, but in 1950 he emigrated to Canada and he spent the rest of his life living in British Columbia, working in forestry and logging. In 1952 he married Anne, who survives him along with three sons and a daughter and seven grandchildren.

He remained active and mentally very alert until his death. At his 100th birthday he enjoyed reading the Dragon newsletter, which, quite coincidentally, contained a review of a book about a direct contempory, Thomas Hodgkin with whom he shared the Junior Arithmetic prize.

Neil died peacefully on August 19th.

Written by his nephew, Mike Ward