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   Obituary - Brian Turner


Brian Turner

House: Nicholson/Scott
Years: 1947-1950

On 27th February 2005, Webmaster received an e-mail from Martin Langley:

Old Cambrian stalwart, Brian Turner, passed away in Sydney on Saturday 26th February 2005 after a long illness, which he bore with great fortitude.

Brian was educated at the Hill School, Eldoret and at the Prince of Wales School, Nairobi from 1947 to 1950 where he was in Nicholson and then Scott house.

After emigrating to Australia with the family in the late 1960's Brian worked in marine insurance and built up a thriving business before retiring in the late 1990's. He became an Australian citizen and was a fervent supporter of Australian sporting teams in particular the Wallabies, NSW Waratahs and the Eastwood Rugby Club in Sydney - he was a life member of the NSW RFU.

Brian and I became close friends during my time in Sydney in the early seventies, a bond forged through our shared experiences at the PoW (albeit at different times), played hockey for the same team in the Sydney hockey league and shared many happy Sunday lunches with his family at his home in the suburb of Carlingford. Brian was a true friend and a noble human being, with deep convictions about life and how it should be conducted, coupled with a rare wisdom and mature understanding of human nature. He was a caring and loving husband to Ann, father to Heather and Brendan and brother to Geoffrey and Lynn, also an OC.

Brian often mentioned the great start in life that was afforded him by the PoW and was an enthusiastic and active supporter of both the Old Cambrian Society and the Kenya Regiment Association of which he was Chairman of the Australia branch. Brian participated in and helped organize many reunions down under, in particular, the East African Schools picnics in Sydney, and many KRA get togethers. Brian leaves a void in his family, the OCS, KRA and East African expatriate community in Australia. He will be greatly missed, as will his reports and contributions to the OCS website.

Martin Langley (Nicholson 1956-1961)

  • Message from Webmaster on 27th Feb 2005:
    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of Brian.

    Brian was a great inspiration to me and encouraged me to "grow" the OCS web site right from its fledgling appearance on the web in November 2002. He contributed many articles and photos, and was forever in the background providing advice and encouragement. He introduced many OCs to the web site, and was a real dynamo working away for the good of the OCS all the time.

    To Ann, Brendan, Heather and the rest of the family I express my sincere condolences. I will miss his regular cheery e-mails (with that distinctive background colour!!) that were always full of information.

    Steve Le Feuvre (Clive 1970-1975)

  • Brian McIntosh (Rhodes 1953-1959) e-mailed on 1st March 2005:
    Although he was several years older, I remember Brian quite well from 1949-50 when I used to play at his house with his brother Lynn and yet another Old Cambrian, Neil McLeod. Our families all lived within a half mile of each other at Kabete.

  • Martin Langley (Nicholson 1956-1961) e-mailed on 16th March 2005:
    I thought you might like to post this photo which shows Brian and myself in the strip of Northern Districts Hockey Club in Sydney in 1974. If I remember correctly it was taken on the day our team won the grand final and divisional championship, hence the smiles. Brian played inside right and I was centre forward. Over the 5 or 6 seasons that we played together, we had a friendly rivalry as to who would score the most goals. In the last two seasons, 1975 and 1976, the only two years I have a record of, Brian scored a total of 13 goals while I scored 17. Many years later, shortly before he passed away, he e-mailed me to say that the only reason I scored more goals than he did, was because of the excellent feed I got from the right inner!! Brian loved his hockey and continued playing 'til he was fifty.

    Image of Brian Turner & Martin Langley - 1974
    Brian Turner and Martin Langley

The following was Brian's entry in the Alumni section of this web site prior to his death:

House: Nicholson (1947) / Scott (1948-1950)
Year: 1947-1950
Born: Kaimosi, Kenya (16 Aug 1933)
Memories of School: A great and disciplined learning institution, rubbing shoulders with boys and teachers from many walks of life and culture. In the 1950s we were blessed with a Teaching Staff that was largely difficult to fault - many in the top echelon - dedicated to their profession.

Sport was a high priority adding to the competitive spirit and giving many of us the tools and confidence to relocate in all corners of the World, as we have had to do.

Afer School: Apart from Kenya Regiment service 1952 to 1955, I became a Chartered Insurance Broker, specialising in Marine - Commercial Hulls and Cargo - through the early years in Nairobi at Dalgety's and Hogg Robinson; a short spell in the City of London, and finally in 1968, Sydney, Australia, where I'm now retired.
Involved in the organisation of the Kenya Regiment Asssociation, which keeps me out of mischief!

Married: Ann Patricia Carpenter (31 Aug 1963), and we have two children, Brendan Richard and Heather-Jayne.

From Webmaster:
Just a little reminder of Brian during his days at The Prince of Wales School
(an extract published on the Other/General Photos page on 14th June 2004)

McLean, Turner & Jennings - Scott House 1950

Photo & report sent in by Brian Turner

Image of McLean, Turner & Jennings - Scott House 1950

  • Ray McLean - now at Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, S Wales
  • Brian Turner - Sydney, Australia
  • Alan Jennings - still in Mombasa , Kenya

    This was a Sunday after Church service, waiting to be collected by my Parents, in their Austin A40, for 'leave out ', as we lived close by at the Veterinary Department, at Kabete - a regular occurrence, mostly also including:
  • 'Bunny' Norie - Perth, Western Australia.

    Apart from the huge Roast and puddings for lunch, cakes and biscuits for tea, we also took back a cake tin full of the latter, for morning break, where we would gather adjacent to my locker in the Common Room - usually lasted until Wednesday at the latest. To this day Bunny tells everybody my Mother 'saved his life' with the Sunday food supplementing the ordinary fare at the School.