Douai Crest


  • Christopher Wearing (1952-1957)
    Click for Obituary by Chris Mackenzie
  • Peter Moore (1956-1960)
    Peter taught French in the school from 1971 - 77. He then moved to his great love of printing and typography and taught at Farnham Art School. He also set up his own private printing press: The Gryffon Press. (Click for a Picture gallery from Jouhn Hoshimi 2019)
  • John Campbell
    Fr Oliver Writes "John Campbell died at the age of 94.  He was not an OD but he taught French and Spanish (mainly Spanish) in the school for 25 years from 1962-87. He was also a parishioner of St Bernadette's, Pangbourne which is served from the Abbey. He would have taught many ODs. He was always very pleased when any of them went on to read Spanish at university.  His nickname was "Jock", probably because the schoolboys of the day who mainly came from the South with its "Received Pronunciation" could not distinguish from a Scottish accent and that of John's which revealed his origins in the North-East."
  • Charles Butler (1951-1956)
    Aubrey Balhetchet writes "It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Charles John Butler(Charlie) on Friday 29th January 2021. Charlie was a very popular and active member of the Douai Society. For approximately 14 years, he used to drive down from Norfolk to attend our St George's Day Lunches - first at the Cricketers Club and Royal Wimbledon G.C. He will be greatly missed.
  • Kit Morton (1943-1953)
    Christopher John Francis Morton (Kit), died peacefully after a short illness at Heartlands Hospital Solihull on the 1st September 2019 aged 85. 
    His wife Jo, his three daughters Kate, Pippa, Alex and his two sons Anthony and Tim were all with him at the end.
    Kit was a very active member of the Douai Society and he was elected our President from 2004 to 2006.
          In his last years at school 1952-1953 he was first XV Rugby Captain and very proud of his team's record!
          He had enjoyed a long career with BP OIL.
          He had been Seniors Captain of his Golf Club, a JP, an active member of the Catenians and a 'Knight of the Holy Sepulchre ('KC*HS).
    The Funeral is on Monday 30th September, 11.30 am at Olton Friary, St. Bernards Rd, Solihull B92 7BL.
  • Roll of Honour WW1 Obituaries -
    Historical Research - Courtesy of Richard Sims (90/92/97)
  • Neil Murphy (68/74/79). Died on 5th July 2018. Fr Oliver wites on 9th July "........ Neil was very much devoted to Douai and served as Secretary of the Society for some time. He was very much involved in rugby and had recently been encouraging others to get together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rugby Tour of Canada in his last year in the school.......... Loving father to Antonia and Charlie and brother to Lorraine and Colette. The funeral will be held on Wednesday July 25th at 11.30 a.m. at The Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 with a private cremation afterwards. All enquiries to funeral directors, Frederick W Paine (020 8946 1974)....."
  • Peter Jackson (1948-52)
    died on 7th August 2017 after a short illness. 
    Funeral; St Peter's, Winchester (Postcode:  SO23 8RY) on Friday 1st September at 2.30 pm.
    Principal celebrant; Fr Stephen Ortiger of Worth.
  • Bill Brister (39-42)
    Died on 4 July 2017. He had  a very distinguished career in the Prison Service, rising to the post of Deputy Director-General. He had two sons in the school David (63-67) who died on a British Army expedition to Mount Nuptse in the Himalayas in 1975 and Tony (60-65-69) who in turn had three sons in the school. Bill's funeral takes place at Douai on Wed 19 July 2017 at 2 pm.  All are welcome to attend the funeral but, if possible, let Tony know by e-mail so that he has some idea of numbers: 
  • Fr Terence Fitzpatrick (47-54)
    Died at the Monastery 5/10/2015 -
    "Fr Terence Remembered" Picture Gallery from John Hoshimi
  • Gordon Peacock (39-42)
    Died on 20/9/2015 in his 90th year
  • PJ Kavanah (43-48)
    Obit from the Daily Telegraph
  • Ian Constantinides (68-71)
    Obit from the 2012/2013 Newsletter
  • Chris McClement (58- 62-66)
    Funeral address from the 2012/2013 Newsletter
  • Peter Delaney (36-40)
    Obit from the 2012/2013 Newsletter
  • Bryan Peers (39/41)
    Died on 26th August 2013
  • David Allanson (53/58)
    Read Michael (Taffy) Horgan's Eulogy from David's Memorial service on 4th July 2013
    and a Picture Gallery .
    Obit from the 2012/2013 Newsletter
  • Frank Keating (52/55)
    Read the Guardia Obit, 25th January 2013
    And read about the party to 'celebrate' Frank's journalism, held on 20th August 2013 at the Senate House, London University..
    Order Frank's Book from the Guardian Bookshop, 'Highlights', edited by Matthew Engel
    Obit from the 2012/2013 Newsletter.
  • Sir Brandon Gough (51/55)
    Read the Daily Telegraph Obit, 19th June 2012
  • Fr. Romuald Simpson (42/48)
    Fr. Oliver wiites on 7th July 2012 " ....I have to tell you the sad news that Fr Romuald died on Thursday evening. He had a fall last August when he broke his hip and since the operation to deal with that he has been in poor health. In the last few weeks he declined very rapidly. He filled many posts in the monastery during the years: bursar, parish priest of Stratford, choirmaster, prior and parish priest of Woolhampton; he also worked for many years on the economic commission for the contemplative nuns He had the honorary title of Cathedral Prior of Coventry......."

  • Christopher Hince (51/54)