Lance Jones [Lefroy] passed on

We received the sad news of the death of Lance Jones on 6 July 2019 at the age 
of 95. Lance  we believe served in the Police Force in India. He was a fanatical Supporter of Arsenal FC and equally keen Supporter of OCA(UK) -attending the
Annual Lunches until last year and only a year or two earlier, on an OCs evening out, a Night Club featuring a delightful ‘belly dancer,’ whose performance he much enjoyed. 
Lance was a charming gentleman who will be much missed. 

Gay Niblett
Hon. Life President OCA(UK)

Old Cottonian Kenneth Huddart [BCS 1943] passed on

An email received by Mr. Robinson / HM BCS Shimla, forwarded:

Dear Sir,

I thought you might like to know about a past pupil of yours. My father, Kenneth Huddart (15.9.33 – 23.6.19) has recently died. He was at the school around 1942 – 1945 when his father was employed by the Indian Ordnance Service. We are holding a Thanksgiving service and Committal on Friday 12 July in Claygate, Surrey, England, where he lived most of his adult life.

My husband, son and I were pleased to have had the opportunity to visit South India ourselves in April (unfortunately we didn’t get to Shimla). My father was well enough for us to show him our photos only a couple of weeks before he died.

I’ve attached some biographical information which we will be including in the funeral booklet, in case it is of interest.

Do get back to me if you would like any more information.

Best wishes,
Suzanne Lapwood
Rev R and Dr S Lapwood
Rose Cottage
Challow Road
Wantage OX12 9DN

Ken Huddart biographical summary for Thanksgiving booklet 12.7.19
Kenneth William Huddart 15.9.1933 – 23.6.2019 

MA (Cantab), Civil Engineer, Fellow of Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology,  Fellow of Institute of Physics, Fellow of Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Ken was born in Wellington, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, India (Father Reginald Huddart was in the Indian Ordnance Service). He was separated from his older sister Gwen during the war when she was stuck in England.


Ken was a boarder at St Hilda’s School Ootacamund 1938-1942, and then at Bishop Cotton’s School, Shimla when the family moved to Kirkee, Poona. He sailed to England in Jan 1945 and attended Rottingdean Preparatory School, staying with the Sidebotham family in school holidays. He was awarded a scholarship to Harrow School, Bradbys House (1947-1952) and won school and later college prizes regularly. 

He spent 2 years commissioned in the Royal Signals before going up to Pembroke College Cambridge on a scholarship to read Natural Sciences (Physics) 1954 – 1957. This began a 3 generation connection with the College. (He was pleased to be followed there by his son, David, and now by his granddaughter Anna as Director of Music).  He graduated with a First and a college prize. At university he was Undergraduate Secretary for the Pembroke Walworth Mission, later staying there for a few months himself while relocating. He met Audrey (who was training for teaching at Homerton College) at a Yorkshire Society Dance. After graduating, he worked at Reyrolle, Hebburn, leading nuclear and switchgear research, and then at Central Electricity Generating Board (as system designer of the 500MW High Voltage Direct Current link from Kingsnorth to London). 

Traffic engineering

In 1966 Ken moved to head traffic signals research at the Greater London Council, rising to be Chief Traffic Engineer for London before the abolition of the GLC in 1986. He also acted as Greater London Officer for Road Safety. He contributed to systems improving traffic efficiency and safety across the world, including the introduction of bus lanes and mini roundabouts in the UK, and undertaking traffic consultancy with the World Bank to Singapore, Madras, Manila, Calcutta, Mombasa and Baghdad. He taught traffic modelling in Northern Ireland, Israel, Zagreb and Australia.

After the abolition of the GLC he worked as a traffic engineering consultant, initially for MVA, including for a new tram system in Hong Kong, where he was proud to have cured traffic queues at the Lion Rock Tunnel. He also introduced speed cameras in Lothian, a Road Safety Audit in Israel and toll plazas in Poland. He was passionate about evidence-based road safety, for example playing a lead in the campaign to legalise the wearing of seatbelts, contributing to a huge reduction in deaths and serious injuries.

Professional associations:

Ken was Secretary for graduates and students of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). He later served on the IEE Council and established the IEE Road Traffic Professional Group and biennial international conferences on Road Traffic Information and Control.  He was Chair of the Institute of Highways and Transportation Greater London Branch. 

Claygate Village:

The day the family moved to Claygate in 1962, Sam Ryder welcomed us to both the church and Residents’ Association, beginning a long and happy involvement. Ken fought off the Esher Bypass Link Road on behalf of Claygate Village Residents’ Association in the 1960s, inspiring his move to traffic engineering.  In retirement he used his skills and energies to serve the village and church. He became a Claygate Parish Councillor in 2001, providing leadership on planning and transportation committees. He was President of the Village Association and Chair of Trustees of the Village Hall Association for some years, acknowledged with a timely reception just a week before his death. He had a strong Christian faith and contributed regularly to the life of Holy Trinity Church, Claygate.


Ken is survived by Audrey, his wife of nearly 62 years, 4 children (Suzanne, David, Jennifer and Gillian) and 8 grandchildren (Inigo and Anna; Sam, Charlie and Katie; Georgina, Daniel and Andrew). He made it his business to understand and support each of us in our varied activities to the end. He inspired us all by his role model of integrity, generosity and faithful service, to make a lasting difference in the world. 

Old Cottonian Sandeep Mansukhani – next climb planned for Mt. ELBRUS

Sandeep Mansukhani summited Mt Everest on May 21, 2018 and made us all very proud.

Three Cheers!

Sandeep will be leaving on 17 July, 2019 to attempt Mt Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe.  

Mr. Mansukhani is seeking support from the OCA Chapters and from Old Cottonians who are able to assist in his venture to successfully plant the BCS flag atop the highest peak on the European Continent. 

His account details are as follows:

Sandeep Mansukhani
Account no: 000701246606
IFSC Code: ICIC0000007
Connaught Place branch – New Delhi 

You can also contact Sandeep Mansukhani directly at and cellphone +91-9810220422‬

OCA UK Reunion 2019 “LOVE OF DEAR PATINA” – from Peter Stringer


29th June was forecast to be a heatwave temperature to reach 34/35 phew! & we India-walas attended our OCA (UK) annual Luncheon at our favourite choice restaurant the Bombay Brasserie just off outside Gloucester Road Underground station.

What can I say & where to start? For me, it is the highlight of mid-summer & anticipation annually to meet our fraternal family to celebrate school years & share stories of Indiaaah.

Elisabeth & Peter Johans (I44-48) flew in from Switzerland two weeks earlier  Johnny McLaughlin (I 41-48) from Michigan arrived in Whyteleafe on the 27th – Sheila Reed wife of late Bobby Reed (R) came to us on 28th.

We awoke to a beautiful Saturday morning and gathered at my Fairlands spread to catch a train to Victoria.     The excitement increasing as we six traveled & arrived in London & well after noon at the venue. All aglow with greetings & good wishes as we slowly circled around and boyhood memories came flooding in. Voices & clinking of glasses added to the gentle crescendo of merriment with laughter – sheer pleasure to be in the mix, no rush to the tables as the personal happy encounters lingered.

Finally, lunch was being served – do not ask me to relay the delicious menu as my mind was too full of delight. But for those not present – I say fellows you missed an enhanced “Jugh-Day Chew”! Khaana finishing we were drawn to the attention by Master of Ceremonies our Chairman Kuljinder Bahia.  After his kind pleasantries, he introduced ‘Dimpy’ Anil Mehra (C) Board of Governors (member), who reported a flourishing account of BCS as he now controls overall School finances – a roar of thanks for him followed a cordial welcome, & listening to Deep C Anand (R) expand his vision for the School’s future as he has guided together with wisdom and support and his very generous hospitality for so many years.

I have no final count of heads but believe 55 to 60 attended – and as I looked around older members are declining year on year. What is heartening we still stand foursquare as younger OCs join us. Some older guys did ring informing to be absent. However, I am compelled to mention my sincere appreciation for our visitors from abroad & above all the determined spirit of Allan Bapty (R1937-44) in a wheelchair (at 94) all the way from DEVON – thank you, Tricia, for accompanying him.

We salute the young Committee team for their dedication and sterling efforts seeking & making new OCs aware we need their loyalty. To bring us together we joined the chorister and sang our rendition of the School Song after the one two three from leader Vivek Bhasin. We thoroughly enjoyed an emotional swell afternoon in the company we all love. Slowly the Reunion disbanded as evening began to draw near and we said our goodbyes reminding to meet next year God willing. Keep in touch and stay well.

God bless the SPIRIT OF BCS and may our Chapter of fraternal love lives on.

Peter Stringer  Lefroy 1943-47

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A few pics @ OCA UK Luncheon 29th June ’19

OCA UK get-together At the Bombay Brasserie London

BCS is the benchmark!