It is with sadness that we report the death on 18th April 2020 of Malcolm David Cavan OBE, a member and former player.
Malcolm, a prop forward, played for Blackheath in the 1960s when he was stationed at The Royal Marines Barracks at Deal where he was the Adjutant. He had previously played for United Services, Portsmouth. He enjoyed success on the Club’s 1968 tour to the East Coast of the USA, playing in a number of matches that Blackheath won, including those at West Point Military Academy, Washington, Richmond (Virginia) and the two matches in New York that concluded the tour – Old Blues and a New York Select XV.
As a Royal Marine, he had a distinguished career, retiring as a Major and Head of the Special Boat Service. In recent years, he was instrumental in establishing a fitting memorial to the “Cockleshell Heroes”, a unit of Royal Marine Commandos who in the Second World War were engaged in a brave and audacious operation in the Gironde Estuary in France, where they attached mines to enemy ships in Bordeaux Harbour.
To Malcolm’s family we extend our heartfelt condolences.