Michael I Baldwin (OH 1945 – 1948 )
30/05/2010
The Club received the sad news of the death of Michael Baldwin on Sunday 30th May 2010 at his home in Hampshire at the age of 77.

He attended the Cathedral School as a dayboy in West House just after the end of WWII, when the teaching staff were made up largely of elderly gentlemen who were too old to serve their country. His father before him, I. O. Baldwin ( OH 1919 – 1925 ) had also been a pupil at HCS just after the Great War and the family later moved to Frome, Somerset.

On leaving HCS Michael joined the Royal Air Force, for whom he served overseas for many years before eventually retiring to civilian life in The City of London.

Whilst in the RAF, he qualified as an Armourer and during a tour of duty across the Far East, happened to be stationed for a short while in mainland China. It was reported in ‘The Herefordian’ journal dated May 1955 that he had just won no less than five different trophies , a silver tankard and a medal during a competition staged in Singapore by the Far East Air Forces Small Arms Association. The article concluded “Michael has probably helped to lessen the tension that has emerged in the region as a result of his sharp-shooting techniques, which have doubtless restrained the Chinese Communists from any rash action!“

Despite his increasing frailty in recent years, Michael was able to take part in a coach trip to Herefordshire in 2008 with his devoted wife Jill. She explained that, whilst staying at The Green Dragon Hotel, they made contact with the local Motability dealership, through whom Michael was able to hire a vehicle and drive himself around the City, visiting the place where he used to live as a schoolboy.

Their holiday naturally included a tour of the Cathedral and it’s environs and Michael was particularly pleased to have once more had the chance to view the world famous Mappa Mundi.

Michael was a stalwart supporter of the OH Club and it is with much regret that we shall no longer be able to welcome him to the many OHIL luncheons he used to attend as well as the London Dinners in St James’s.

A private funeral took place in Odiham, Hampshire.
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