Michael O’Driscoll was a pupil from 1958-63, a member of Pollard House and still remembered with great affection by all those who knew him.
A fine athlete and rugby player, a talented actor also, he gained entry to Dartmouth Royal Naval College after A-levels.
By early 1965, he was serving as a Midshipman on HMS Invermoriston as part of a British operation against Indonesian infiltrators in Malaysian waters.
The minesweeper was attacked off Singapore with mortar fire from an Indonesian gunboat. Michael was killed while manning a machine gun.
Posthumously Michael O’Driscoll was Mentioned in Dispatches. The citation said that Midshipman O’Driscoll showed
“outstanding coolness and devotion to duty while in action”.
Michael O’Driscoll is commemorated at the National Memorial Arboretum on the memorial wall for the Royal Navy, 1965.