Eric Neil: [Heath 1933–1935]

BSc Leeds(1939) MB ChB(1942) MD(1944) DSc(1953) FRCP(1978) Hon MD Ghent(1977)

Eric Neil was born in Maryport, Cumbria, the son of George Neil MC BSc, an inspector of schools. He attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington and Heath Grammar School, Halifax, before entering Leeds University where his early flair for physiology was to determine his career. Following eight years in Leeds University as demonstrator and lecturer, he moved to the Middlesex Hospital medical school. In 1956 he succeeded Samson Wright [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.463] in the John Astor chair of physiology, from which he retired in 1984.

The Royal College of Physicians has published this obituary.


William Alexander Wildman Orange: 1839–1870 [Heath 1850–?]

William Alexander Wildman Orange was born in Eckington, Derbyshire in 1839, the elder son of Col. John Edward Orange and his wife, Mary, who moved to live in Harrison Road. He studied at Heath from 1850 and his younger brother, John Edward, followed him to the school two years later.

In January 1859, he gained admission to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich from which he joined the Royal Engineers, becoming Lieutenant on 19 June 1860. With his wife Elizabeth Amelia, he had a son John Edward Roley, but on their way back from a posting to Bermuda from 1865–70, they and a servant were lost at sea in February 1870 in the steamship ‘City of Boston’ en route to Liverpool via Nova Scotia.

His death is recorded on the family grave in All Souls Church.

With thanks to Rod Eastwood [1954–1961] and the Calderdale Companion.

David William Renton: [Heath 1947–1955]

David William Renton, who attended Heath from 1947 to 1955, died, aged 64, on in Pontefract where he had taught modern languages at a local school. He was the son of the late Bill and Kathleen Renton. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Jean, and their family.

First appeared in Newsletter dated

John Julian Riley: [Heath 1947–1948]

Julian Riley died peacefully, after a long illness bravely borne, on , aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband of Cynthia, much loved dad of Dawn, and brother of Christopher and Patrick. His Funeral Service took place on Monday , at Park Wood Crematorium.

Our condolences to his family.

Charles William Rouse: [Heath 1907–1915]

Charles William Rouse died on at the venerable age of 99, having celebrated his birthday on . Surely he must have been our oldest old boy!

He was prominent in the Scouting movement at Heath and can probably be described as the founder of the Heath Scouts.

First appeared in Newsletter dated