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Peter Padfield

Peter Lawrence Notton Padfield was born in Kolkata, India on 3 April 1932, son of William Lawrence Notton Padfield(30 January 1905-6 March 1939), a captain in the Royal Engineers attached to the Indian Army, and his wife Annice Edna Abbott (1906-18 August 1998), daughter of William Herbert Greenland Abbott, Colonel of Engineers in Bombay (Mumbai), who married at Bombay on 5 February 1930. His father died when Peter was seven when his mother with Peter and younger brother Timothy, returned to England, boarding at Northcliffe House prep. school in Sussex, which was evacuated to Cornwall during the second world war. He then attended Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex and finally the Thames Nautical Training College, H.M.S. Worcester. After service as a navigating officer on P & O liners to India and Australia, he gained a berth as mariner, rated Master Gunner in the ship's books, aboard the replica seventeenth century bark Mayflower II on her recreation of the Pilgrim Fathers' voyage from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts under Commander Alan Villiers in 1957. Peter married in London in 1960, Dorothy Jane Yarwood, working in London in nautical journalism until the international success of 'The Titanic and the Californian' (1965) encouraged him to become a full-time writer. After leaving the sea, with his wife Jane, moved to East Anglia, settling eventually in Suffolk, where they raised two daughters and a son. Finding that his early writing success was not easily repeatable he supplemented his income by forming a company to sell sketches of East Anglian scenes but went on to publish over 30 books. With the growth of his reputation as a naval historian in this country and abroad he was able to buy a gaff-rigged 1900 Norfolk shrimper replica which he sailed with his children on the river Deben until they left home. His son, Guy, settled in Switzerland and began creating the butterfly web-site for which he is now known internationally; the girls found their vocations in respectively art photography and play writing. Peter was was a well known naval historian and biographer who lived at Clare in Suffolk in the 1960s while writing two of his earliest books and working in nautical journalism he was also an extremely accomplished artist. He lived at Woodbridge, Suffolk until his death. His wife died in 2018 and Peter Padfield died at Westmorland Cottage, Drybridge Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 14 March 2022, survived by his children, Deborah, Guy and Fiona.

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