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A. Simon Battison (63) Drake

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of A. Simon Battison (63), on 6 September 2020.
16 Sep 2020
In memoriam

Simon always spoke very fondly of his time at Churcher’s.  He was a keen member of the Navy CCF. He immersed himself in College drama productions, particularly those with singing involved and carried this on into the Navy, at one time producing a play for Dryad.  He participated in all school sports  and enjoyed returning to the College to watch his youngest son play rugby against the College (he was at Hurst). Although supporting his son of course,  he wasn’t too unhappy when the College regularly won the matches!
Simon left Churcher’s to go to Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  He graduated as a mid-shipman and specialised in Navigation.  In his early days in the Navy his ship was sent to the Far East to join the forces involved in the Malayan Peninsula Crisis and was awarded a campaign medal for his actions.  He retired from the Navy at the age of 28 when diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes – he was never going to get his own ship because of that.  However he went on to lead a full and fascinating life working for Racal Decca (amongst others) and being involved in the installation of radar in a wide variety of locations across the world including  Heathrow, the Straits of Dover to an Oil terminal in Scotland. During a spell of teaching at HMS Dryad, Prince Charles was amongst his pupils for a short time.
Simon leaves a wife Susan, three sons and 4 grandchildren.

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