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OBITUARIES with various cancers over a two-year period until his death in December 2017. Overall, Matt had five cancers: bowel, leukaemia, skin, liver and then bowel again. Throughout it all, he remained optimistic and always looked for the positives no matter how bad things were. Matt was highly regarded by all who knew him and loved by many. His most successful accomplishment in life was without doubt the effect he had on people; he was a genuine, fun, sincere and caring individual who enjoyed life to the full. Matthew John Hawker (79-81), or Matt as he was known, was born in Worcestershire on 3 January 1965, the eldest son of John and Lynda, and later a brother to 10 siblings from different marriages. Matt’s brother Chris, who lived with him in Tewkesbury and looked after him when he became ill, met several of Matt’s friends from Wellow and Pocklington and would welcome any contact from those who knew Matt. His e-mail is: c.g.hawker@ btinternet.com (with permission). (Christopher Hawker) He attended Wellow House boarding school in Nottinghamshire from the age of 10 to 13 before moving to Pocklington School where he stayed until the end of the fifth form. Graham was a ‘day bug’ in Wilberforce house where I was a boarder. Although we were not in the same classes at school, our shared love of rugby and cricket was the start of a long-lasting friendship. Although not particularly gifted academically, Matt excelled at sport. He was a natural sportsman: 5 feet 10 inches tall, very powerfully built and surprisingly agile. He was particularly good at and enjoyed rugby. Matt left school at 16 and did various jobs including selling sheepskins and sheepskin slippers on the markets of Wales and Cornwall for several years. Later, he travelled, spending 12 months or so in the USA in California and Atlanta, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Around 1996, he went to work with a close friend at the Cheltenham Pot and Plant Centre becoming a partner in the business until it was sold in 2006. In his spare time, he took up fishing and loved carp fishing in particular. Through this, he made many friends and had numerous escapades. His interest in fishing took him to France on a couple of occasions to be a bailiff for some fishing lakes. He had a fantastic time and even considered moving there at one stage. Throughout his life, Matt embarked on a spiritual journey to seek enlightenment. He studied Buddism, the Catholic Church, Hinduism and other world religions and through this, he achieved a very high level of personal development by the time he died. In 2010, Matt started losing a lot of weight and by early 2012 he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He underwent surgery to remove the tumour followed by chemotherapy over several months. His attitude was fantastic and he was convinced he could beat the cancer. In 2013, he got the all clear and this remained so until July 2015 when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Although he went into remission after treatment, this marked the start of an ongoing and relentless battle Robert Graham Inchboard (65-69), known as Graham to all who knew him, was born on 22 March 1951, the eldest of four children. He came to Pocklington School in the Lent term of 1965 from the Minster School in York. Richard William Horsley (48-52) died after a short illness on 18 January 2018 at the age of 80. Born and bred in Fimber, a man of farming stock, he was educated at Fimber School and then onto Pocklington where he was first introduced to rugby. After leaving school, he did his stint of national service in the Military Police serving in post-war Berlin before coming home to the family farm with his brother Peter (49-54). Richard continued his love of rugby at Driffield RUFC where he played first team rugby for 16 years at hooker with a reputation for his strength, toughness and robust approach to ‘loyal justice’. Graham was a far better cricketer than me but we would play together in the age group teams before he went on to play 1st X1 cricket whilst I only aspired to the 2nd X1. He played for the 1st X1 for 3 years (1967 to 1969 inclusive) and was awarded his cricket colours. In the cricket report for 1969 it says that “Inchboard played a magnificent innings of 41 in 27 minutes at Bradford”. As a bowler, he is described as “a formidable attack bowler for the school” and as a fielder it is reported that he “took many fine catches”. Finally, it says that “Roger Peet and Graham Inchboard deserve praise for their contribution to school cricket. With captain, Chris Woodhead, they have maintained a tradition of enthusiasm and loyalty which has been the basis of this team’s success and an excellent example to the younger members of the side.” Graham was also an accomplished rugby player. He played in the 1st XV for the 1968/69 year and was awarded his rugby colours. He played on the left wing and then at full back. The school magazine says he ran with great determination and his goal kicking was of a very high standard, bringing him a total of 92 points for the season. Richard married Anne Frost having two children, Sharon and Nicholas. He also had four grandchildren who all followed in his educational footsteps: Georgina (96-06) and William Chapman (98-04) who both attended Pocklington School, and Tanner and Bodie Horsley who are currently making their way through the school, Tanner just entering his first year at the senior school and Bodie in Pocklington Prep. As well as his involvement in cricket and rugby at school, Graham was a prefect in the academic year 1968-69 and was Lance Corporal in the Combined Cadet Force, promoted to Corporal in the Lent term and to Sergeant in the Summer term. He is much missed by his family and friends. When he wasn’t working, Graham continued to play cricket for Pocklington Pixies, Yorkshire Gentlemen, York and Alne. He was also treasurer at Alne for 20 years and regularly attended Pixies dinners when (Georgina Booth, née Chapman, 96-06) We both left school in July 1969, Graham to work on the family farm and me to be an articled clerk at an accountancy practice in York. 27