Hugo White (OD 1953)
Admiral Sir Hugo White, GCB CBE,
Commander-in-Chief Fleet 1992-95 and
Governor of Gibraltar 1995-97 died peacefully
at his home on 1st June 2014, aged 74.
Hugo Moresby White was born in
Torquay, the son of a colonial officer in
Nigeria. After the Dragon he went on to
Pangbourne Nautical College where he
became cadet-captain, and then on to
Britannia Royal Naval College. He joined the
submarine services in 1960. His first ship was
in which he saw action
during the Kuwait crisis of 1961.
In 1971 he was selected for the training
staff at Dartmouth and was Commander
Submarine Sea Training in 1973. Between
years 1975-1977 he became commanding
officer of the frigate HMS
took part in the bitter ‘cod war’ dispute
Having proved himself a man of action
he was appointed Captain, Naval Plans 1978-
80, where he was responsible for dealing
with war plans and in peace time, battling
Treasury cutback plans.
In 1980 Hugo was appointed commanding
officer of the Type 21 frigate
became Captain of the 4th Frigate Squadron
(so-named Fighting Fourth) in 1981.
was in dock in the UK when the Falklands
conflict broke out in 1982 but maintenance
work was hurried up and the ship headed
south, at an average speed of 28 knots,
reaching the battle group in May after an
8000 mile journey.
several Exocet missiles launched by the
Argentine Air Force and in June Hugo went
to the West Falklands where he accepted the
surrender of Argentine forces at Fox Bay.
In 1987 Hugo was promoted to Flag
Officer Third Flotilla and Commander of
the Anti Submarine Warfare Striking Force.
He became Vice Admiral in 1991 and in
1992 was promoted Admiral and became
Commander-in-Chief Fleet. In retired from
the Royal Navy in 1997 following a two year
appointment as Governor of Gibraltar. He
was awarded the CBE in 1985, a KCB in 1991
and a GCB in 1995.
In 2002 Hugo suffered a fall which
resulted in a serious head injury. His gradual
recovery was aided by his wife Josephine ‘Jo’
Mary Lorimer née Pedler.
Hugo White is survived by his wife and
their two sons.
Admiral Sir Hugo White was born 22nd
October 1939 and died 1st June 2014.
Admiral Sir Hugo White (OD 1953)
Hugo and I were friends from when we
arrived in Plums at No.6 Bardwell Road
in September 1948. We moved up the
forms together ending in Upper 2A with
Joc. We were in the 1952 rugger team
winning all our matches (members of
which still meet regularly).
We both joined the Royal Navy though
Hugo went into submarines while I stayed
on the surface so we did not meet often.
He achieved great rank but remained the
same friendly, unpompous character I
knew from school.
On retirement he sailed with me and
we would reminisce about our Dragon
days; as we did after his accident through
photographs and memories of escapades
on our holidays at Daymer Bay in
Cornwall with Joc and other masters.
I am fortunate to have known Hugo for
so long: a great man and a good chum.
Captain Jake Backus (OD 1953)
bushido and yoga enthusiast, and an ordained
He could also juggle five balls. He was a
loyal friend, highly entertaining, generous,
and exuberant. He loved life and he loved
living. A real Dragon.
By Daniel Tarshish (OD 1982)
Mark Webster (OD 1956)
Mark William Webster was born on June
3rd 1943 in Shawford, Hampshire, only
child of Gillian (née Hartland-Mahon) and
RAF Squadron Leader Harry Webster, and
died March 20th 2014 in Zürich. A few
months after his birth, his father’s plane went
down near the Azores with no survivors,
presumably hit by a German U-boat. His
family, on both sides, had travelled widely and
served in India. Mark was especially drawn
to Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, entranced
by tales told by a cousin who had lived in the
Kulu valley and been friends with Nicholas
Roerich. So after the Dragon School and
Stowe, and before New College, he spent six
months near Almora in 1961, first teaching at
the Doone school in Dehra Dun. Among the
many interesting people he met there were
Chögyam Trungpa, recently escaped from
Tibet, and Krishna Prem, an English Hindu
saint. His impressions of this period remained
a strong influence throughout his life. It was a
great disappointment to him that he was not
allowed to study Tibetan at Oxford, but had
to settle for History. After university he taught
English in London, trained as an Alexander
teacher with Patrick MacDonald and Peter
Scott and became a skilled potter.
In 1973, Mark was offered a position
teaching the Alexander Technique to young
actors at the Zürich Schauspielakademie and
relocated to Switzerland with his first wife
and young son. He taught at the acting school
for 35 years, as well as teaching English at the
Kantonsschule Wiedikon. He was a founding
member of the first Alexander Teachers
Society in Switzerland and was its president
from 1981-1988. During the eighties he
travelled to Canada for several months
each year to train Alexander teachers with
Richard Ayreton in Vancouver. Travel was
in his blood, and he always seemed at home
in whatever corner of the world he was in,
never failing to have a good conversation with
whomever he met. Mark remained a spiritual
seeker and a Buddhist throughout his life with
a great interest in and knowledge of all forms
of personal development.
The diagnosis of a brain tumour two years
ago did not stop a rich life, full of friendship
and travel to the end. He is survived by his
second wife Robin, his
first wife, the mother of his daughter, 2
children, 2 step-children, 3 grandchildren and
By Robin Möckli Webster
Dickon Robert Gort Lush (OD 1983)
Dragon School: 1977-1983. Winchester
College 1983-1988 (awarded Duncan Prize
for Mathematics, Captain of shooting).
Oxford University (Wadham College)
1988 - 1994: Mathematics (BA) and
Computation (MSc). Many will remember
Dickon for his gift as a mathematician.
After Oxford, he continued his research
at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and
then returned to do his PhD at Bristol.
His work on Finitary Geometry earned
him deep respect from his peers and his
tutors. He received a commendation from
his examiner and influenced those who
studied after him, including Professor
Richard Pettigrew: “Dickon had brilliant and
ingenious mathematical ideas that helped
me along throughout my thesis; but he also
took the more pastoral side seriously. In
fact, I think some of the most encouraging
things that anyone has said to me about my
mathematical work came from Dickon. He
was exceptionally generous with his praise –
yet sparing enough that you felt that he really
meant it; little was said for effect.”
Dickon struggled with addiction
throughout his life. He heroically overcame
the ravages of heroin, twice. Despite this, he
focused his energy on others. He volunteered
for Oxfam and he was a mentor for those
suffering similar drug addictions and for
vulnerable young people with housing needs.
He married Katherine Mayberry in 2004.
They had two sons, Henry and Alexander,
to whom he was devoted. Dickon was a
polymath: an eccentric bridge player, fanatical
about computer games (teaching Conrad
Wolfram’s mother, a philosophy don at Lady
Margaret Hall, how to master Defender and
Dare Devil Dennis), a talented pianist, a