Lieutenancy Obituaries

Sir Michael Marshal CBE DL

Sir Michael died on 27th July 2019 while on holiday in Spain with his wife Sibyl and friends.  He was 87.

Sir Michael was one of Cambridge’s most popular and successful business leaders,  leading the Marshall Group of companies for many years.  He read history at Jesus College Cambridge, where he also gained his rowing blue. He remained active in community events and charitable activities throughout his life.

Sir Michael was awarded a CBE in 1999 and was knighted in 2010.  He was the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 1988/9, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1989. He served as Vice Lord-Lieutenant from 1998 to 2006.

Peter Boizot MBE DL

Peter died on 5th December 2018 at his home in Peterborough. He was 89.

Peter was the entrepreneur who founded Pizza Express in 1965.  He was born and bred in Peterborough, which he supported in many significant ways throughout his life.  After King’s School Peterborough, where he was head boy, he read history at St Catherine’s College Cambridge before embarking on his illustrious business and philanthropic career.

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the Cambridgeshire in 1998.

Lady Hemmingford OBE DL

Lady Hemingford died on 8th January 2018 at her home in Hemingford Abbots after a long illness. She was 84.

Jennifer was the founding president of the Arts Society Huntingdonshire and her flower arranging skills helped to make the popular Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival a major local attraction. For many years Jennifer led the village flower guild which organised the centrepiece of the event – the display in St Margaret’s church.

Lady Hemingford was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the community in Hemingford Abbots and to the British Red Cross, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1996.

Charles (Ted) Saunders DL

Ted Saunders died on 7th March 2018. He was 87.

Ted was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1996.


John Childs MBE

John Childs died on 26th April 2018. He was 89.

A long time resident of Chatteris, he had served as  Chairman of the Great Ouse Local Flood Defence Committee.

John was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to Flood Defence in East Anglia, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1987.

James Crowden CVO

James Crowden died on 24th September 2016. He was 88.

Born near Wisbech, James was a former oarsman who competed for Great Britain in the 1952 Olympics, before becoming the Cambridge University crew coach for over 20 years. He also followed in the family profession and became a chartered surveyor with a firm of auctioneers.

He was the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely for 1970/71 and was later appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1992 until retirement in 2002, upon which he was made CVO.