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language 1978-82. Education Consultant 1982. Much loved husband of Carmen, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle to many. He will be sadly missed. MUNSEY, WILLIAM (1933-2019) On 19th October 2019, William (Bill) Keith Munsey (C, 1946-51). The obituary below was adapted from the Oxford Mail with additions from an obituary that appeared in The Telegraph . William Keith Munsey, known as Bill, was a well- known flour miller who also built the Osney Mill Marina. He was born in Osney Mill House, Mill Street, Oxford in 1933. He attended the Dragon School and later St Edward’s where he played Rugby and also rowed. He had vivid memories of the family’s business premises at Osney Flour Mill burning down in a fire in 1946, while he was a boy. The family were not able to rebuild the Osney mill because materials were scarce after the war so they bought the Clarks Mill in Wantage, which later became Wessex Mill. In the 1950s, after National Service, Bill joined the family business, WH Munsey, at the new premises. As a flour miller he was involved in the millers’ associations and also the local bakers’ association. The Munsey family’s flour was used to make confectionery and biscuits across the UK, and among its customers was Cadbury. Bill worked at Wessex Mill, where he was responsible for buying wheat, until his 80s. He died peacefully on 19th October 2019, aged 86. He was the much-loved husband of Pip, father of Paul, Deborah and Tony, stepfather to David and Richard.

also quietly worked for several charities and was Chairman of the Regiment’s Benevolent Committee for ten years. He was the County Secretary for SSAFA, running great fundraising events, his service recognised by receiving the Prince Michael of Kent Award. He was an honest, straightforward and modest gentleman, who valued the service he gave to others. He leaves his widow Simone, his two children Dominique and Nicholas and his five grandchildren. VOLLUM, WALTER (1932 -2019) On December 22nd 2019, Walter Lars Vollum, (D 1945- 1950). Father of Robert Lars Vollum (D, 1973-78). This tribute was written by his daughter Karen and his wife Ann. Walter was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada on 21st May 1932, soon moving back to Oxford where he later attended the Dragon School before returning to North America and Canada with his mother (Ella) and sister (Dorothy) as wartime evacuees. Walter was a day pupil at St Edward’s before going on to Lincoln College, Oxford from 1951 to 1954 where he studied Modern Languages (French and German). In September 1954 he joined Kodak Ltd in Harrow as a Management Trainee. Walter moved to Harare, Zimbabwe in April 1957 with Kodak (Central Africa) Ltd. This was the start of a long career overseas. He married Ann in January 1959 in Harare; their time in Africa was spent in Zimbabwe, Belgian Congo, South Africa and Zambia before moving to Pakistan (1977-1983). An assignment in Rochester, New York, followed and then Walter spent time back in Africa before moving to

Cadets at Mons, Chris was off again to Singapore, this time unaccompanied. On his return, he commuted for two years from Suffolk to the MOD in London where he worked in Defence Intelligence and learned to speak Arabic. With Dee and Nick both in their early teens, it must have been a difficult decision to go on loan service to the Sultan of Oman’s army to command the Desert Regiment at war for two years. There were many fellow Royal Anglians serving during the Omani war, including their former CO, John Akehurst, now their Brigade Commander. For his next two postings as Defence Attaché in Manila and then Jeddah, Chris had to learn another language, Tagalog, and really get his Arabic up to speed. Unsurprisingly, both the diplomatic-military role, and the lifestyle in Saudi Arabia for three years were challenging. Chris’s last job in the Army was as the Defence Advisor in Dubai. For the first time in his career, he was posted to a job which was not terribly busy or challenging, so he resigned and came home. Wasting no time, he found a job running the headquarters of a Middle Eastern-owned shipping agency in London. Later, with Regimental Headquarters just half an hour from home, Chris swapped London for Bury St Edmunds. Chris was Regimental Secretary for Gen Sir John Akehurst and Maj Gen Patrick Stone. They, and many others, appreciated Chris’s elegant, honest and straightforward advice. He really enjoyed serving the Regiment for another eight years until retirement. Even then, there was not much of a step down in activity for Chris. He started, and thoroughly enjoyed, running his own business, Thornham Marquees. Chris


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Paris. He retired from Kodak aged 58 but continued to work initially in Morocco and Tunisia and then in Southern Africa, only fully retiring when he was 80. He and Ann then moved to France to live in a house they had owned since 1974. They moved to Harrogate in September 2019 but sadly, Walter only enjoyed this new home for three months before he died. Walter loved photography and leaves a collection of slides and photos rich with memories. He was a linguist and seldom read a book in English, preferring to read in French, German and latterly in Portuguese. He leaves his wife Ann, three children, seven grandchildren, and a great granddaughter who arrived in February 2020. GUARD, DAVID (1933-2019) On 27th October 2019, David Gordon Guard (A, 1945- 1951). Brother of Michael (A, 1941-1946), father of Timothy (A, 1972-1976). School Prefect. Representative’s Tie XV, Representative’s Tie Athletics. Intelligence Corps 1951- 53, Captain. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1953-56, awarded MA. Engineer Alcan Ltd Canada 1956-58. Assistant Master Ethiopia 1958-61, Bloxham School, Oxfordshire 1961-74, Housemaster 1969- 74. Malaysia Government education adviser 1974-78. Project Director English


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