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2016 · ISSUE 5



Hugh Cocksedge (OD 1939)

Hugh left school in 1944 and trained as an

RAF pilot at the end of the war. Too young

to see action, he stayed in the RAF for three

years before returning to Magdalene College,

Cambridge to complete his engineering

degree. He then worked on wing design

at the Bristol Aeroplane Company before

moving into teaching.

Hugh first taught maths and science

at King’s College, Taunton (where he met

his wife Marjorie) and then at Dean Close,

where he was a housemaster and set up the

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The

Cocksedges then spent five years running

a rural studies centre in East Anglia for

children from central London before Hugh

completed his teaching career with a decade

at Lord Mayor Treloar College, Alton, as

Head of the Senior School.

Hugh then embarked on a 28-year career

as a priest, firstly as chaplain at Treloar

Hospital in Alton, and later as chaplain of

St Nicolas’ Church in the British Embassy

in Ankara, Turkey. On returning to the UK

he ministered to many local Hampshire

parishes, including, in his eighties, a two-

year inter-regnum in the five churches of the

Candover Valley.

Hugh Cocksedge; born 1926, died 2016

Sir Philip Goodhart (OD 1939)

Philip Goodhart was a Conservative MP

with transatlantic roots who served briefly in

Margaret Thatcher’s government and was a

stalwart of the 1922 Committee.

Born in London in 1925, Goodhart was

the eldest son of American-born Prof A L

Goodhart, Master of University College,

Oxford. After the Dragon he was educated

in America at Hotchkiss School before

returning to Trinity College, Cambridge.

During the war he served as a lieutenant in

the Rifle Corps and Parachute Regiment.

Philip represented Beckenham for 35

years. He was on the strategic if not the

economic Right and was for the death

penalty and immigration controls, wary of

race relations legislation, pro Europe, but

against the poll tax. He was a supporter of

Israel and hawkish on Vietnam, reckoning

the war winnable as late as 1972.

In 1950 he joined the


. Writing

for the leader page, he covered strategic issues

and reported from colonial Africa and Russia

after the death of Stalin. In 1955 he moved

briefly to

Time and Tide

as Deputy Editor

before joining the

Sunday Times

, for whom he

covered the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya.

His books included

The Hunt for Kimathi


In the Shadow of the Sword


Fifty Ships that Saved the World


War Without Weapons

(with Christopher

Chataway, 1968),





(1973), and

Full Hearted Consent


Sir Philip Goodhart; born 3 November 1925,

died 5 July 2015

of The Council of Territorial Reserve

Associations, a Queen’s Aide de Camp, a

Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and

Chairman of the Small Charities Foundation.

He was awarded the CBE in 1988.

In retirement, Tim became Chairman

of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust (1997)

and was the inspirational driving force

behind the concept, funding, design and

construction of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire

Museum, which eventually found a home

in the grounds of the Woodstock County

Museum. Despite being seriously ill he

nevertheless accompanied the Princess Royal

to the opening ceremony of a new £3 million

purpose-built building in 2014; the museum‘s

May Gallery is named for him.

Tim’s wife, Ella, survives him, along with

his son Matthew (OD 1973), daughter Sophie

and a grandson.

Tim May; born 22 October 1930,

died 10 December 2015

Michael Sackett BEM (OD 1947)

Michael had intended joining the Old Dragon

Pre-1950 Reunion, but sadly died on 13

March 2016. After the Dragon he went on to

Marlborough before reading PPE at Merton

College, Oxford. He was awarded the BEM in

2013 for services to Mendip Citizens Advice

Bureau, where he had volunteered for 23 years

and been Acting Manager.

Professor Robert Acland (OD 1954)

Robert Acland was a pioneer of microsurgery

in both Britain and America, developing the

instruments, sutures and needles that have

allowed surgeons to replace fingers and move

tissues around the body.

The son of Sir Richard Acland, 15th Bt,

Robert went from the Dragon to Bryanston

before graduating from the London Hospital

Medical School in 1964 after completing an

internship in Tanzania. He received his FRCS

in 1969 and returned to the London Hospital

a year later as a research fellow. In the early

1970s he joined the Plastic Surgery Unit at

Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow where he

performed six free tissue transfer operations,

including one of a skin flap from the chest

wall to the scalp in which he was able to

re-establish blood circulation. He moved to

America in the mid-1970s and established

a microsurgery teaching and research

laboratory at the University of Louisville,

Kentucky. He continued his research on

micro-circulation, and trained and acted as

mentor to many young surgeons from around

the world. Students loved his irreverent and

patient teaching style.

Acland was a founding member of the

International Society for Reconstructive

Microsurgery, wrote

Acland’s Practice Manual

for Micro-vascular Surgery

(1997) and

published regularly in medical journals.

Robert Acland; born 20 June 1941,

died 6 January 2016

Timothy Lewis May CBE TD DL

(TA retd) (OD 1944)

Colonel TimMay‚ played soldiers‘ all

his adult life, and in retirement brought

Oxfordshire its unique, elegant museum of

military history in Woodstock.

Tim arrived at the Dragon during the war,

when it was packed with eccentric masters.

His father Wilfred (at Lynams during

WWI), issued an alarming warning before

dropping him off on his first day: “They

simply saw the top off your head and pour

the knowledge in!“ But the school also gave

him a life-long love of poetry and acting; he

appeared in


with Antonia Fraser

(née Pakenham) as Lady Macbeth. Of his

later experience in the MCS Officer Training

Corps he wrote, “It is not hard to see what

attracted me. Success depends on flair for

acting, posturing and getting results from

others. Add to this the need to dress up and

play soldiers and I was hooked.“

Commissioned into the Royal Artillery,

Tim served in Egypt and then, from 1951 to

1967, in the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Artillery

Battery, the successor to Winston Churchill‘s

own regiment (The Queens Own Oxfordshire

Hussars). For Churchill‘s funeral In 1965,

it was Tim who opened the sealed copy of

Churchill‘s personal instructions, kept safe at

the Oxford TA Centre. Churchill, Honorary

Colonel of the County Yeomanry since 1927,

instructed that they be formed-up with

unique precedence directly in front of the

coffin. Tim often recalled the spine-tingling

intensity of early-morning dress rehearsals in

the fog when, save for footsteps and the beat

of a single drum, he led the whole cortege the

full distance along the processional route in

complete silence.

Tim‘s career in Insurance Broking

included directorships, a chairmanship and

a period in risk management consultancy.

He also raised and commanded the 2nd

Battalion The Wessex Regiment (TA), serving

as Colonel (1971-79). He was Chairman