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1932 – 2020
Chris Elgood, longstanding member of the North London, died on 9th April 2020.
Richard Christopher Philip Elgood was educated at Bradfield College and Trinity College, Cambridge. His passion was to work overseas and in order to do so, he joined the Civil Service in the UK, soon to be transferred to Rhodesia. When the British Government’s policy towards the Empire changed, Chris returned to the UK as a Training Officer. He moved on to GKN for a career in training and management and this was followed by a period at the Bramshill Police College, again providing the benefit of his management skills.
He elected to become independent and set up Chris Elgood & Associates where he was joined by his daughter Christine, specialising in management games and simulations.
He started shooting at Bradfield and was in the school VIII 1948, 49, 50 & 51. At University, he achieved Captaincy of the Cambridge University Rifle Team and, in 1956, he shot in the National Match for England.
On his return to the UK he eventually settled in Cranbrook, Kent. Always very keen on target rifle shooting, he attended the Imperial Meeting at Bisley for many years and also most of the Kent county shooting events until about 10 years ago when he decided to retire from active shooting. His talent, however, lay in the encouragement of young shooters. He was instrumental in the development of schools’ shooting in the County, liaising closely with the late Andrew Penfold in providing opportunities for talented pupils at Sevenoaks School and later at Tonbridge School. His talents were also enjoyed by the pupils of Marlborough House School in Hawkhurst where he provided shooting tuition for 10 years for younger pupils at this preparatory school. He was a loyal supporter of Bradfield shooting, he and his two brothers donated a Quart Tankard in memory of his father (a long time member of the North) which is awarded each year to the high man in the Vets. He was also a member of the English XX Club. He was a Vice President of the Kent County Rifle Association.
Described as an author, having written both fact and fiction, and a champion of making learning fun, Chris died on 9 April 2020 after falling ill following admission to hospital for a hip replacement.
His wife Delise predeceased him but he leaves his daughter and business partner Christine.
20/11/50 - 05/08/19
Nick Jeffs, anaesthetist, polymath, raconteur and fixture of the North London verandah died on the 5th August 2019. He took up shooting in his forties, initially with pistols, and after a chance meeting at Bisley was invited to the North London RC and promptly joined.
Although not the straightest of shooters (although he surprised us all with a 50.3 in the Conan Doyle) he found his role as coach incredibly rewarding, especially when faced with a challenge such as when he volunteered to coach a team of Japanese shooters who had rudimentary English and a combination of sights that moved in different directions. He was especially good at introducing young and inexperienced shooters to team matches and seemed to intuitively be able to fit the fattest of groups into the bull. He was most proud of his medals as coach of the Imperial College United Hospital team.
To Nick shooting was a social event, not to be taken too seriously. He toured Australia with John Killian’s Lions team and as a founder member of the Grippers took on and beat Germany at Sennelager. Annual trips to Barry in Scotland were normally started with a fierce curry and quite a few beers.
He was active in the shooting Uncles scheme and was a committee member of the North as well as being on NRA Council.
With increasing difficulty in walking to the ranges he latterly restricted himself to coaching and socialising. His vast fund of jokes (often very politically incorrect) included bilingual limericks and the most shaggy of shaggy dog stories.
R M (Mick) Stevens
R M (Mick) Stevens, GM, died in the early hours of last Wednesday. Mick won the Queen's Prize in 1971 while a member of the NLRC and the Ricochet Rifle Club.
1 November 1919 – 26 March 2013 : GM 1976
Walter Magnay was the last of the great rifle shooters who emerged in the years just before the war. He was one of the distinctive characters among the Bisley-based “tigers” who topped the prize lists from the 1950s to the 1980s, and he was one of the finest shots ever to represent England and Great Britain. He was a respected ambassador for the sport, fostering goodwill and humour among the opposition. He toured Australia, Canada (five times), the Channel Islands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland as a member of British and other UK teams. He won the Lt Governor’s Prize at Montreal, Quebec, in 1950, followed by the New Zealand Queen’s Prize and Ballinger Belt in 1974, and the Queen’s Prize at Bisley in 1976. In a shooting career spanning from 1947 to 1995 he won 51 caps for England, and 17 for Great Britain during the annual Bisley Imperial Meeting, together with a host of other individual honours. Younger shooters would often see Magnay, Robin Fulton, Larry and Jean Orpen-Smellie and their illustrious shooting friends gathered at the back of the firing point in the setting July sun at the annual Bisley international matches, after shooting had finished for the day. They were gathered for the evening ceremony of swapping hard or good luck stories on their day’s fortunes, washed down by the inevitable pink gins. It was a sight that brought a degree of reassurance to hurried competitors, and the knowledge that there was time for relaxation among sportsmen and women in a hectic world. Magnay’s victory in the Queen’s Prize in 1976 came after a three-way tie shoot with Libby Felton of Australia, and his friend Ted Molyneux. Molyneux recalled Magnay’s advice on tie shoots: get your shots off quickly so as to disconcert the other competitors.
extracted and reproduced from The Times : http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article3755916.ece
It is very sad to report that David Hossack died on 8th December following a severe stroke from which he was unable to recover and our condolences go to his wife Hilary and family Jon and Joanna. David did an enormous amount over many years for fullbore shooting in general and for Scottish shooting in particular. During his time as Captain of the Scotland team he was instrumental in raising the standard of shooting and was very successful in achieving the best results from the teams, particularly in the overseas teams he took to Australia and the West Indies. His personality and positive approach to leadership made a big difference in helping team members to achieve their personal best results. His own shooting was of a very high standard and he was in the Scotland team for the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. He had the distinction of being in the winning Scotland team for the National Match in 1965 and then in the next winning team in 2010 -- a gap of 45 years. He also shot in Great Britain overseas teams and made regular appearances in the top 100 of the Queens Prize and he was especially proud when his daughter Joanna won the Queens Prize in 2000. In recent years David took up Match Rifle shooting and quickly established himself in the Scotland teams that won the Elcho Match in 2010 and 2011. David also helped in running the NSC at Bisley during a difficult financial period when the future of the NRA was in doubt and he also helped the North London Rifle Club at Bisley including his time as Chairman of the club. His contribution to full bore shooting was enormous and he will be sorely missed by all that knew him
1937 – 2011 : GM2 GC SM SC
(GM 1963 and 1973)
.... He had little patience with the way the sport of shooting was run and his idea of a perfect Committee was that of one. He was very proud of his club, the slightly misleadingly named (for historic reasons) North London Rifle Club as it is the premier private club at Bisley. At Committee Keith had the ability to get to the nub of any problem and his remarks were always listened to. He was proud to become and the club was proud to have him as its President since 2009. Keith was one of the most outstanding marksmen of his generation. Although he had already made his mark before 1963, the making of him was being a successful member of the last true Great Britain Touring Team to Africa from Kenya to South Africa in 1963, before it became pull-apart with nationalist politics such that tours, since, have been, basically, to one country at a time. He also made lasting friendships among the leading shots of the time, especially of some a generation above him. He was one of the pink gin club who enjoyed each other’s company and toured together – the qualification being to have a ready supply of pink gin in the boot of their cars at Bisley. Altogether he also toured with British Teams to Canada, the USA, the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia and, with six of us from the British Commonwealth Rifle Club, to Papua/New Guinea, Singapore and Hong Kong - a memorable trip for all of us as I recall that the team was run, very successfully, as a democracy with six captains. To recall all Keith’s successes and anecdotal stories would take a long time, but his highlight was his consistent success in over 25 years which he won in 1963 using the adapted military rifle of the time and in 1973 using the bespoke target rifle type we use today – the only person to have won with both rifle types. He qualified for the Queen’s hundred year after year between 1958 and 1985 (18 times in all) with the, possibly, unique record of missing out on achieving 10 in a row in 1971 by not waking up in time for the second stage! He also won the Bisley Grand Aggregate in 1970 and was in the top 50 17 times. Later becoming a champion and prize winning long range Match Rifle Shot and coach for many years. His last major appointment was as captain of the successful English Rifle Team in the Millennium Match held at Bisley. extracted and reproduced from Keith Pilcher’s Eulogy