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IN tribute to Anthony David Rowland Hilbery (VR, September 19, 2015, vol 177, p 292), John Bower writes: Anthony Hilbery, or Tony as we knew him, was born on May 1, 1937. His father, a solicitor, was away serving in the Second World War until Tony was nine, leaving him as the man of the house with his mother and sister, Trish. When he was 13 he went to Rugby School; here, he initially studied classics, following this route into law as was the way in the family. His father and grandfather were lawyers and his uncle was Justice Malcolm Hilbery. It appears that he didn't apply himself particularly well in his first few years at school. One school report stated: ‘I cannot comment on whether Anthony's work is good or bad, simply that there is none.’

However, after spending some time on a farm and seeing practice with a vet during his A level year, he discovered there was a better and more enjoyable life to be had in the veterinary profession. Before he could go to college, he did his National Service as a marine during the Suez Crisis. This he survived, but not without a few scares. I remember him telling me how easy he found it to scale rapidly a 10 foot …

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