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Alan Girling

Alan Girling: Property developer, chartered surveyor and farmer

RETIRED property developer and farmer Alan Girling has died aged 80 after a long illness. He was born on the Isle of Wight in March 1939 to Victor and Olive who lived in Newport. His...
Tom Porter

Tom Porter: Entrepreneur who served in the navy alongside Prince Philip

AN ENTREPRENEUR who owned a pub chain, wrote quizzes and had many books published has died aged 93. Tom Porter had lived in Burley where he was also a school governor, but had spent his...

Irene Taylor: One of New Forest’s longest lived residents dies aged 107

One of the New Forest’s oldest residents Irene Taylor has died at the age of 107 after suffering a fall at home. Describing the well-known New Milton resident as a “complete one-off”, daughters Valerie Baker...

Bill Dunkinson: Decorated D-Day veteran went on to run New Forest coal merchants

A FORMER Brockenhurst coal merchant from one of the oldest family’s in the forest has died aged 97. William (Bill) Charles Dunkinson was born on the 3rd January 1922 in his family house at Latchmore,...
Frank Coombes obituary

Frank Coombes: accountant who wrote book about the war for his grandchildren

A GRANDFATHER with distinguished wartime service and aviation career who spent much of his retirement actively involved in local organisations has died just a month before his 101st birthday. Frank Reginald Coombes and Ivy, the...
Yvonne King obituary

Yvonne King: former New Forest magistrate and longtime yacht club member

A FORMER New Forest magistrate and longstanding member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club has died aged 91. Yvonne King spent most of her childhood in Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth, and was educated at Talbot Heath...
Ron Evans obituary

Ron Evans: veteran survived Blitz and one of Second World War’s bloodiest battles

A VETERAN who survived one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War and later went on to install the heating system for a young Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, has died aged...
Ivor Johnston

Dr Ivor Johnston: much-loved Lymington GP with personality and humour

MUCH-LOVED loved Lymington GP for four decades, Dr Ivor Johnston, has died after battling cancer, aged 85. Born in Manchester in 1934, he grew up in the Wallasey area of Liverpool where his father was...
Wally Wright

Wally Wright: humanities teacher, lifelong rugby fan and ‘wonderful man’

A FORMER head of humanities at Noadswood School and rugby enthusiast Wally Wright has died at the age of 85. Described by his daughter Katharine as an extremely generous and kind man, Wally was a...

Monica Langston: parish champion who ran village post office

PARISH champion Monica Langston, who ran Lyndhurst’s post office for many years, served as church warden and was a longstanding volunteer at the community centre, has died at the age of 87. Along with her...
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