Monthly Archives: March 2010

Rear-Admiral Derick Lawson

Derick Lawson was born Frederick Charles William Levi on April 20 1917 at Simla, India, where his father was an irrigation specialist working for the Indian government. The family name was changed in 1920, and Derick was educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla, and Eastbourne College.

Rear-Admital lawson passed away January 25 after a long an illustrious career.


[As found by Ravider Makhaik via the internet]


OCA India AGM 2010 – minutes of meeting

I am attaching the Minutes of the 9th February AGM.

Please note that the attachment under Item No. 5 (list of attendees) has not been attached as it is too lengthy.

Thanks & regards,

Wendy Dewan
[Secretary – OCA INDIA]

 click here for the file: Minutes of the 9th February OCA INDIA AGM
[File removed due to error. New corrected Minutes of AGM being approved by OCA India and a message will be posted to the OCA website frontpage as soon as this is done and the revised file becomes available online].

First Roll Call…

I well remember my first roll call as an eight year old at Bishop Cotton School when I was  placed in Rivaz House. This was before we had a prep school in Chota Simla.

After a tearful parting from my mother, I was introduced to the Rivaz Housemaster. He showed me to my place at the Rivaz House dining table for the evening meal. When we were all seated, the House Captain of Rivaz stood up and read out the roll call. The first name on the roll was Abreu. As he called out this name, no one answered. He repeated it once again. I then replied, that if the name was meant to be me, I was known as D’Abreu. ” The roll book says you are Abreu…You will answer to that name” said the House Captain. “Yes sir I am present” I said. “You do not call me sir, I am a School Prefect and your House Captain…” . “Yes sir Mr. Prefect, I am present“. He addressed me again. “You need to say Adsum when answering your name” “Yes Mr. Prefect, Adsum I am here.. ” He then carried on with the roll call. I really felt terrified for the rest of the evening meal.

I can still recall some of the names on that roll 73 years later.  They were:- Abreu.. Advice…Bannon 1 ..Bannon 2 ..Bains … Bapty… Bennigall …Brooks…Coats 1… Coats 2… Dorgey… Edwards… Grant 1….Grant…2 …Greenway… Hemmingway… etc etc.. I often wonder if some of those I can remember are still around today.  In 1938 we younger students were put into the new Prep School. When I returned to the main school I was placed in Curzon House. I was in the 3rd Form, and a lot older. I was able to enjoy my school days. I could well distinguish a master from a school prefect, so able to keep well out of trouble.. 

Dick D’Abreu
Curzon House


Dear Editor,

I have been induced by recent correspondence with some of my  contemporary OCs to write a few words that can be shared with those who remember me during my years at BCS. It was a priviledge to have spent time at the School in those halcyon days during the early ’40s. I have had the good fortune to keep in touch with Peter Rollo and Jim Lee over several years and just recently have been reaquainted with Arthur Allan Bapty.

The contact with the school through articles in the Old Cottonian Magazine on the Internet is now an important part of my life and I sincerely hope this will continue in the future.

My sincere thanks to all those involved with keeping this essential vehicle alive.

Yours very sincerely,

Peter  Maidment.
At BCS 1941-1943

Sujjan Singh – top in Golf

Golfer Sujjan Singh [Lefroy 1993-1998].

Photo as appears at
Professional Golf Tour Of India

Sujjan’s incredible golf propelled him to pick up the winners cheque of Rs 650,000 and became India’s No. 1 Professional Golf Tour of India player, defeating Mukesh Kumar, SSP Chowrasia, Anura Rohana, R. Murthy, Manav Jaini, Om Prakash Chouhan, Sanjay Kumar and Harmeet Kahlon.

click for a full view


Sujjan’s achievement at BCS : 

  • Member of the Spartan Club
  • Best Sportsman of 1998
  • Hailey Literature Prize
  • Brain of BCS award
  • 83% in XII  Board Exam
  • School Captain 1998

Additional Golf related info HERE and HERE