Sir Peter Marychurch KCMG (OL 1938-44)

Former Director of GCHQ dies aged 89.


Date: Thu 25 May 2017   Author: Lyonian Office   Category: OLA   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on PinterestShare by Email


Peter Marychurch was born 13th June 1927, lived in North Harrow and won a Scholarship to the Lower School of John Lyon, passing his matriculation in 1944. An active member of the Cadet and Ambulance Corp during his time at the School, Peter joined the RAF on VJ Day, 15th August 1945.

He applied to learn Russian and was posted to Stow cum Quay, and taught military Russian by White Russian exciles in Cambridge. After working around the world he joined GCHQ in 1969 as Head of Branch (counter-espionage and counter-intelligence).

Peter succeeded Sir Brain Tovey as Director of GCHQ in 1983 retiring in 1989 when he was able to indulge his passion for music, becoming Chairman of the Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival.

A detailed write up on Sir Peter's life since leaving the School can be read on the GCHQ website