Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

alive in exciting ways. One of his major writing projects was a series of secondary school textbooks on English as a foreign language, which he co-wrote with Katarina. These were approved by the Croatian Education Ministry and are still used there today. For several years after he arrived in Croatia he taught in the English department of Zagreb University, and soon became fluent in the Croatian language. Later he continued to teach at his own language school which he founded in 1990 and successfully managed for many years. He ran teacher training workshops in many European countries, often organised through the British Council and, in his last major project, developed the English language test for the secondary school leaving exam in Croatia. He also carried out ad hoc English language activities, such as occasionally reading the news in English for Croatian radio and television, and even once translating a Croatian Eurovision Song Contest entry. Martin was a sensitive, extremely smart, acutely witty and exceptionally modest workaholic, who was admirably stoic during the long illness that led to his death. He completed the Guardian crossword every day until the very end, and even during the most trying times in hospital, he could still laugh out loud while reading a Terry Pratchett novel. He died at the family home near Zagreb and is survived by his mother Margaret, wife Katarina, daughters Karin and Milena, their husbands and by three grandchildren, Abigail, Lucas and Benjamin. Karin and Milena contributed significantly to this obituary, which was sourced by Martin’s OA friend, Owen Davies.

knowledge, stories and anecdotes, which he would generously share in lectures, presentations and informal gatherings. His travel experience was also an excellent outlet for his life-long passion of photography; he sometimes described himself as being umbilically attached to his camera. He retired from the Bank of England in 1985 as the Senior Advisor responsible for relations with the middle East and African oil-producing countries. Peter married Viviane Addinall from West Wickham, Kent in 1955 and they produced three children, son Tony and two daughters, Claire and Helen. All of his children and five grandchildren were a great joy to him, and he was proud to have been married to Viviane for 61 years. Tony followed him to the College in 1966. After leaving the College, Peter continued his links with the College by playing OA Sport, appearing for the Extra B XV (he always said the ‘B’ meant Badly) and taking part in OA Golf tournaments for several decades. After retirement from work, he served as a committee member and treasurer of both the DCM Hollington Trust and the OA Endowment Fund, as well as actively supporting the Canon Carver Society. In the 1990s, he instigated the first of several reunions, usually on Founder’s Day, of the Classical Fourth, a particularly close-knit group of lifelong friends that came together as boys in 1939. He was a loyal member of several churches, serving on parish councils for half a century. Calling himself ‘one of God’s odd-job men’ he turned his wide-ranging talents to church cleaning and being the parish treasurer, as well as helping with Sunday school, Bible classes and editing church magazines. He

Peter Brian Edgley [1938-45] 21.10.1925 – 17.10.2016 Peter Edgley

was the son of Percy, a bank official from Mitcham. Peter came to Dulwich

from Coombe Hill House Prep School in Croydon. Starting at the College the year before the outbreak of the Second World War, he was one of the boys evacuated to Tonbridge School for the first three months of the war, in what was a short-lived school sharing experiment. Soon back at Dulwich, he cycled every day between home in Mitcham and school in Dulwich, even through the Blitz. At the College, he was Captain of Grenville, a member of the 1st XI and captain of Squash in 1945. He was also a school prefect, head of the Classical side, and Treasurer of the Alleynian. After leaving Dulwich as WW2 ended, Peter went to Clare College, Cambridge with a Minor Scholarship to read Classics, graduating in 1948. On graduation, he immediately joined the Bank of England and remained there for his entire working career. In 1958 he was seconded to Nigeria for two years as the Currency Officer responsible for helping to set up the new Central Bank of Nigeria and issuing its new currency at the time of Nigeria’s independence. He greatly enjoyed this assignment and maintained close links with Nigeria for the rest of his life. He relished the overseas travel with the Bank of England, and the international friendships and the contact with the many and varied cultures that this involved. In total, he visited over 75 different countries and with his endless curiosity and relentless interest in learning new things, this provided him with a wealth of


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