It is with sadness that we report Derek Mayman BEM passed away last week after a short illness. Derek, who was 93 led our part in helping to secure the future of the Spring Hill College building, as well as setting up the Moseleians Association with a handful of other ex-students after the 1993 Reunion.
Derek was a significant benefactor to the School contributing funding personally for a number of projects. Derek attended Moseley in the mid-thirties and was the first Chairman of the Moseleians Association when it was re-formed in 1994. He was a good choice: his business acumen and his generosity were invaluable, and among other things he replaced the flag staff on the tower.
In the Second World War Derek served as an infantry officer in the European campaign which finally saw the defeat of Nazi Germany, before, back to civvies, building a successful business, FGF Limited, in which he was still involved.
Derek had a life-time of interest in railways and took a leading role in the ‘Save the Line’ group when British Rail were considering closing the North Warwickshire line between Shirley and Stratford-upon-Avon, in the 70’s 80’s. In 2013 he was awarded the British Empire Medal in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s honours to reflect his long standing association with steam railway restoration having been a benefactor of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway in the Welsh borders.
On 4th October 2015 about 50 people, ex colleagues from his business, family, friends amd Moseleians were invited to travel on a special steam train from Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon via the North Warwickshire Line which Derek Mayman, the founding Chairman of the MA, helped to save in the 1960s. The trip was made as a tribute to Derek, and opposite his house, which overlooked the line, his wish that his ashes would be scattered on the line was fulfilled by having them blown out of the chimney of the steam engine as we passed by.
At Stratford there was a short address by one of his daughters and the poem below was read by the author. A shorter version of the poem had been read at his funeral.