Major John Stanley Mayes
We heard of his death from his daughter, Mrs Cathy Whipp, who wrote to Peter Howard-Dobson:
I am writing to inform you of the death of my father on the 25th June, 2011. He was a devoted member of the SOF. It was an important request of his to let you know of his passing. After finishing at Framlingham 1938, he had 6 years active service in the Royal Artillery. He was mentioned twice in despatches. As his daughter, and on behalf of my mother, Moira Mayes, we wonder if you have any photographic or written records of his attendance. He was a very quite, private and unassuming person so we don't have a lot of details of his extraordinary life and would dearly love to know all we can. He was a wonderful "gentleman", great father, husband and friend, and we know he held Framlingham close to his heart and of significant importance to his life.
Peter, noting that both his father, Pat Howard-Dobson, and Pat’s brother Mike, were at school with John filled in some of the gaps, with this information published in the 1968 College Register viz:
“Mayes, Major John Stanley, 1934-38, Garrett. B. 4.1.1921. O.T.C., cert A. Shipping. Served in 2nd World War, 11th Field Regt., Royal Artillery, Major; India, Persia, Iraq, Middle East, Italy, Greece. Despatches. (Merchant) Company director.
Cathy added the following: Dad was born on the 4th January 1921, the son of Alice Beatrice and Stanley Maurice Mayes and had one sister Estelle, fondly known as Billy (now deceased). After WW2 he joined John Swire & Co and worked for them in Hong Kong, China and Japan. While employed in China he was held by the Communist take-over for 2 years. He moved to Australia in 1954 and married Moira Kay in 1956. He had 3 children, Cathy, Robin and Andrew. He died at the age of 90 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on the 25th June, 2011. For the past 10 years he had been living at 4/49 Russell Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076 Australia, with his wife Moira Mayes, who survives him.