Brooklands Baraza Newsletter

Al May has kindly taken on the role of editing and producing the above newsletter. It is quite an onerous and time-consuming task but will be much appreciated by all Old Yorkists who like to keep in touch and reminisce about their schooldays. Two excellent editions have already been produced; if you would like to […]

Vale Peter Dunt and Bruce Dall

Peter Dunt (Kirk House)had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral. He also represented the Navy at cricket and continued playing after he retired. He passed away in October from cancer and is survived by his wife Lesley and two daughters Bruce, who passed away in November, was […]

Vale Dave Lichtenstein

It is with great sadness that I learned of Dave’s passing late last week (May 2020) at his home in Sydney. Our condolences go to his son Guy, daughter Margot, brother Fred and sisters Esther and Betty. When I first set up the original Old Yorkist web site in 1995 Dave immediately offered his assistance […]

From Optimum Kenya Trust

Optimum Kenya Trust and Msaada Kenya Trust Barua – April 2020UK Charity Number 1154051 John O’Grady writes;This is a brief Barua to inform you of what has recently happened at Lenana school.Last month a fire engulfed and completely gutted Tom Mboya House (previously called Upper Junior House) at the school. No one died because the […]

Vale 2 OYs

Two well-known OYs have passed away recently. Bruce Rooken-Smith, who was the main contact for the Kenya Regiment, keeping records over many years, and Jonny Havelock, who had a distinguished career in the law, concluding with membership of the High Court. Obituaries will appear in the next Brooklands Baraza.


The AGM of the Laibon Society will take place on Thursday 17th November. For details of time and venue see

Vale Richard Tredget

Richard passed away on Saturday 24th October 2022 after a lengthy illness. His funeral a week later was very well attended and included a number of Old Yorkists. Condolences to his wife Pam, children Ian, Jane and Anne and six grandchildren. An obituary will be appearing in Brooklands Baraza number 7. Correction 12 February 2023 […]


Brooklands Baraza issue number 6 is out! If you receive it regularly it should have arrived in your mailbox by now. If not, contact Al at

A Sad Loss

January 2022 -a sad month indeed, with the loss of two much loved and respected Old Yorkists, Richard Leakey and Don Rooken Smith. Full obituaries will be published in the Baraza Newsletter number 5.

Vale Andrew Barnett (James 1961- 1965)

Andrew passed away on 9th November 2021. Our condolences to his wife Cynthia and two sons, Edward and Charles, from his first marriage. If you have registered for the new web page you will be able to access a full obituary under Andrew’s entry in Where Are They Now?

Mike Vaughan

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Mike Vaughan in September. Mike and his wife Lesley both both contracted Covid and while she pulled through Mike, who had underlying medical conditions, wasn’t so fortunate. Our condolences go to Lesley and their three children. It is hoped that a longer obituary […]

Vale Antony Upton and John Reader

Sadly another two former students left us in June. Antony Upton (affectionately known as “Chimp”) and John Reader were both contemporaries of mine; John and I were prefects together in 1965/6. He was well regarded by both his peers and (a little unusually,) for his tolerant, friendly approach to his juniors. He had a very […]

We’ve lost contact with so many

We know of over 900 students gathered from the previous Old Yorkist site and many of the contacts from there have put us in touch with others. Many have sadly passed away but we still have over 500 with whom we have lost contact over the years – no email address, or one that is […]