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Music: Paradisum from Fauré's Requiem


Ron Gray, who lived in Oxfordshire, was a member of Bradford House 1959 - 1962.

A short peice by Ken Wingfield in the April edition of the Over the Hill magazine says a little more about Ron Gray.

Over the Hill page 7 - will be available soon




1926 - 2008

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Mr. John Guthrie Essame who passed away in the early hours of this morning Monday 5 May 2008 at The Horton Hospital, Banbury, Oxfordshire following a period of illness. Flora his wife  (Nee  Flora Crosland -Taylor dedicated school nursing sister) was by his side at the end. John joined the teaching staff in September 1959 and remained until retiring in August 1982 after some 23 dedicated years teaching.   Read the Eulogy to John Essame.


Bradford 1939 - 1945

Bill "Willie" Strupp died at his home in Toronto on May 13th 2008 at the age of eighty.  Bill arrived at KHS in 1939, the second of seven refugees to join us from pre-war Germany. 

He was a Bradford boy who showed academic promise. He left The Hill in 1944 and, after looking into several possibilities, settled for life as a pilot in the RAF.


A well respected mathematics and science teacher at Kingham Hill School in the 1940s and 50s, David progressed to become House Master of Sheffield House.

Read more about David Gooding's life.



We are sad to report that  Gladys Lillian Knight  passed away at 7.45 am on Saturday 6 September 2008 at Castle View Old People's Home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, aged 96 years. Mrs.Knight joined the staff as a house parent in Plymouth house in 1957 and became a second mother to a few hundred  junior boys  in the 15 year period she dedicated herself as a house mother.




Bill Gillies reported to us the sad news about his younger brother, Cyril  Gillies, who passed away on 22 January 2009  at the age of 78 years. Cyril had a heart complaint and blood platelet problems for last few years. Cyril was the youngest of the three Gillies brothers. Cyril was on the Hill in Clyde  from 1938 - 42.  (Bill 1932 - 40 & Ron 1933 - 41).





Lieutenant Commander Anthony John Marfleet RN. (Retired) died in October 2009 after a long and debilitating illness. Tony, who was in Plymouth and Norwich Houses, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy followed by a second career managing a book shop specialising in religious publications. He was much loved by all who knew him. We have an extended obituary and biography with tributes delivered at the service to celebrate his life




Bob Vass, who was in Bradford 1938 to 1944, died on 13 October 2009 in Minehead. His funeral was in Taunton on 2 November. His Warden was Canon Douglas Horsefield, and he was taught by Messrs Durrant and Ball. He is  survived by his five children, of which his two sons were at Kingham  Hill: Chris (Durham 1968 - 1973) and Adrian (Durham 1967 - 1974).





ralphmannWe learn this morning from his Son John Mann that Very sadly Ralph Mann passed away in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, early this morning 4 April 2014.

Funeral information added, click

Tim Frohwein smWe were very sorry to hear the sad news of the death of Tim Frohwein (Sheffield 1979-1983) over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

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