Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

Brian Malcolm Crapper [1942-46] 10.01.1930 – 13.03.2016 Brian Crapper

but in 1960 became a partner with a law firm in Victoria. He remained in that partnership until 1964 when he set up his own practice in Croydon, remaining there until 1987 when he took early retirement. Retirement was short-lived however, because he was offered an appointment as a consultant to a law firm in Devon (which was where he and his wife had moved to) and he continued that work full-time, specialising in commercial property for twenty-four years, finally retiring again in 2013 at the age of eighty. During the first stage of his long career, he had been President of the Solicitors Articled Clerks Society in 1953, President of the Croydon and District Law Society in 1974, and had the honour of representing that society at many conferences, including the American Bar Conference in New York in 1975. In 1959, Michael married Felicity Anne Driver from Mottingham, who is a cousin of John and Paul Carter, who were also both OAs. They were married for fifty-seven wonderful years, until Michael died after losing his battle with cancer. He is survived by Felicity, their 3 children Tracey, Philippa and Nicholas, and six grandchildren. Tracey contributed significantly to this. Lewis Noel Coward [1946-53] 01.07.1935 – 06.11.2015 Lewis Coward was born in Chislehurst as

(LCC) school in Brockley, and he was always extremely proud to have been an Alleynian. At Dulwich, he was in Marlowe and he joined the Scouts, becoming a Patrol Leader. He was awarded the Anstie Memorial Prize for Reading Aloud in 1952, and was also a keen member of the chess, choral and drama societies. After leaving the College, Lewis was articled to the solicitors Lewis Silkin, established by John Silkin (OA), at the branch in Rye Lane, Peckham. When he qualified as a solicitor, he then moved to become a partner in Lee Davies Solicitors in Harlow, Essex. In 1984 he was delighted to be appointed as a District Judge at Hitchin County Court in Hertfordshire. He became very popular in the Courts on his circuit where he dealt fairly and honestly with all who appeared before him. Never driven by great ambition to move up the judicial ladder, he was happy with a warm domestic life. Lewis met Pauline Parker, a teacher, when they both acted in a Dulwich drama group, and they married in 1959. As a qualified solicitor, the young family moved to Harlow New Town, later moving on to the village of Ashwell, Hertfordshire, where he enjoyed both a successful career and a busy social life. Retirement was to be the time for friends and travel, until in 2008, with no prior warnings, he suffered both a heart attack and stroke. Papworth Hospital saved his life, but the onset of vascular dementia continued the slow decline of Lewis. In 2010, he and Pauline moved to Southampton to be closer to children and grandchildren. He died at home in November 2015 and is buried in a woodland burial site in the Meon Valley.

grew up in Honor Oak, South London, and came to Dulwich from

St Dunstan’s Prep School during the Second World War, and he was in Marlowe. He was always proud of having had the opportunity of attending the College. Despite growing up in suburban London, from an early age he always had his sights set on a career in agriculture. After leaving Dulwich he excelled on the course at the Kent Farm Institute, and then worked on farms in South-East England. He then joined the Soils department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Bristol, serving with great dedication for thirty-three years until his retirement in 1990. He was highly respected by his colleagues and farmers alike. He was a prominent member and leader of the Young Farmers movement for over thirty years, and became very active in his local community, especially in retirement. Whilst Brian could be a prickly character, especially to the jobsworths of this world, he was recognised, as a gentleman of the old school, even to the end, which occurred after a short illness, and he will be greatly and sadly missed, especially by his widow Barbara after fifty-two years of marriage. It was a regret for them both that they had no family. Garth Davidson was the son of a Congregational clergyman, Rev. Isaac Davidson, and grew up in Sydenham, South London. He had Garth Davidson [1945-52] 15.11.1933 – 18.09.2015

the younger son of a Metropolitan Police officer but straight

after the end of the Second World War the family moved to New Cross. Lewis soon became one of the beneficiaries of Christopher Gilkes’ Dulwich Experiment when he was awarded a place at the College in 1946, arriving from Mantle Road


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