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IN tribute to Anthony John Colegrave (VR, April 23, 2016, vol 178, p 424), Tony Mudd and James Colegrave write: Tony Colegrave was born in Bodicote, Banbury, on December 13, 1928. His father, Reg, and grandfather, John Henry, were in partnership together as farmers and very successful cattle dealers. His mother, Lucy, had been an auxiliary nurse in the First World War. He was the youngest of three brothers after Harry and David. He was the last survivor. His childhood memories were principally about being brought up on a farm in rural north Oxfordshire but he recalled the Spanish Civil War, the build up to the Second World War and, of course, the war itself, with austerity far worse than we have today.
He originally went to Banbury County School, having gained a scholarship, but finished his schooling at Cranleigh in Surrey. Apparently his mother was reluctant to let him go any sooner as Cranleigh School was never evacuated during the war and she was fearful of German invasion. At Cranleigh he gained his Higher School Certificate having studied biology, physics, chemistry and …