Peter Raymond Shepherd (OH 1951 -1959)
The Club has been informed of the death of Peter Shepherd in a road accident in Florida, USA. He was aged 70. News was conveyed to us by his brother Anthony R. A. Shepherd (OH 1950 - 1957) His family were from Burnley, Lancashire and Peter entered HCS as a boarder joining his older brother in School House. OH’s who were contemporaries during the 1950’s era will remember the Shepherd Brothers chiefly for their sporting prowess. PRS had already excelled on the rugby pitch, gaining 2nd XV colours (’57) then 1st XV Full Colours (’58). He also led his House in the annual Senior Inter-House Rugby Cup competition of 1959, in which they beat their opponents Deanery 29 - 0. Peter was a member of the HCS Tennis VI in 1959 but also won the Woods Cup and the Cross Country VIII award during his final year. It was during the summer months however that PRS excelled at the crease ! He justifiably won full 1st XI Cricket Colours three years in a row, eventually being awarded the captaincy in his last season at HCS. A piece from the Sports section of The Herefordian dated December 1959 records how Peter was an excellent all-rounder. The late John ( Dickie ) Brookes, Housemaster and 1st XI Coach wrote:“ He has captained the side well, handling the bowling and field placings intelligently. As a batsman he has never really fulfilled his promise, despite several stylish innings. He has however developed into a hostile and accurate fast-medium bowler, able to move ball off the seam. His fielding and catching have always been good and safe “ As well as becoming a House Monitor, then eventually a School Monitor, he joined the CCF and also took a keen interest in the many extra-curricular activities including becoming a committee member of the Jazz Appreciation Society. He took part in the Debating Society and was a member of the Chess Club, plus the Photographic & Gramophone Societies. On leaving school, Peter joined the Savoy Hotel in London and trained in hotel management.