Obituary - John Henry Bishton MBE, BGS Teacher 1950s-1960s

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Following notification from his nephew, Peter Nokes (OB 1965-72), we note the sad passing of former BGS Teacher John Bishton. John taught languages at Borden from the late 1950s to the early 1960s and we invite OBs who remember John to send in your tributes and memories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to add to his Obituary.

Our thoughts are with his widow and children, and wider family and friends.



John Bishton was a teacher of modern languages at BGS for a short period in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Whilst at the school, he met and married Jill Couchman who was from a local family and worked at the Shell Research Station, Woodstock Park.  His best man was a fellow master, John Weekes. 


On leaving BGS, John moved to teach at Kent College, Canterbury, before taking up the position of Head of Modern Languages at King’s School, Bruton, Somerset, where he spent the rest of his teaching career. 


He became a mainstay of the community in Bruton, with a particular interest in the built environment and his contribution was recognised by the award of an MBE in the 2023 New Year honours list “for services to the preservation of the historic buildings in Bruton”. 


John died on 19 May 2024, aged 91, and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.