Mr. Ian Tilbrook 1914-1983


EJ obituary, transcribed by Tess Taylor

Mr. Ian Frederick Tilbrook, of Berrington Cottage, Campden who has died in Stratford Hospital, aged 68, was a former deputy head of Chipping Campden School & one of the longest serving members of Broadway Golf Club.

Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, Mr. Tilbrook attended Wath Grammar School, then went on to Sheffield University where he graduated in geography in 1936. His first teachin post was in South Africa but he returned to this country & in 1939 joined the Royal Marines. He served mainly in the Far East & was discharged with the rank of Captain in 1936.

That same year he came to Campden Grammar School as geography master & remained at the school until his retirement thirty-one years later. He was closely involved with sport, particularly swimming, during his early years at the school. He also helped to steer the school through the upheavel of building changes to form a new comprehensive, of which he became deputy headmaster.

He was involved with Campden Dramatic Society at one time, both as an actor & director, & was a past master of the Campden Lodge of Freemasons. His main interest, though, was Broadway Golf Club to which he had belonged for thirty-seven years, having held office as president, captain & secretary at various times.

Mr. Tilbrook was married in 1948 & he is survived by his wife, three children & three grandchildren.

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Bill Buckland remembers:

Mr Tilbrook was the geography master, was reputed to have been a Royal Marine Commando during the war and was certainly not someone to be messed with. He had done some world travel at some stage and in addition to learning our way around an ordnance survey map, to how winds and ocean currents gave rise to the diverse regions of the world we were also told:

The only way to eat a ripe mango was in a bath in the nude

You could pick out sheep shearers in Australia by their hands softened by lanolin

Plus stories of slaughter houses in Argentina etc

Having once come second in one of his end of year exams I was disappointed to get the comment “Could do better”.

Judith Ellis adds:

Yes he was very pithy about pupil achievements, or lack of them. Having usually come towards the top of the class, one end-of-term result saw me placed 28th. ‘How have the mighty fallen’ was his dry comment, with a somewhat sarcastic smile.

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  • One of Mr Tilbrook’s great contributions to the school came from his obsession with golf. He would do anything to get up to Broadway Golf Club, so very cunningly arranged that 5th and 6th form games options would include golf. We, of course, had to walk up to the golf course and were left with the club professional, John, while Tilly went off round the course.It was great fun and many of us got a good grounding in the sport as a result, and it was far better than flogging ourselves round the athletics track or some other gruesome alternative.

    By Ian Elliott (04/02/2017)
  • On 15th August 2015, my memory of Mr Tilbrook, is his telling of his abilities with a spade!
    As a prisoner of war, being told to dig a hole, he dug like a maniac so that he would be able to stand upright when kept in it!
    He would have been amused that I am now regarded as something of a navigator when sailing. I was listening, I really was.
    Remembered with great affection

    By Jane Fiddian (15/08/2015)
  • I remember him although he did not teach me. At least one of his sons attended the school too as he was in my year – I graduated in ’77 (I think!). He was a dignified man with a very upright bearing and immaculately turned out. No doubt down to his military training.

    By Karen Purcell (nee Drew) (02/03/2015)

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