Antony Barrington Brown ('BB') and his wife Althea have been killed in a car crash on the A36 at Upton Lovell, near Warminster, on Tuesday Jan 24. Wiltshire's BBC news website confirms that Althea was driving their Ford Focus and 'BB' was a passenger, when they were hit by a tipper truck carrying aggregates. The couple were killed instantly and the road was closed for more than eight hours during the afternoon and evening after asphalt and diesel were spilled. Police said they also closed the road to allow collision investigation officers to examine the scene. click here for BBC News Wiltshire
BB was one of the members of one of the fascinating Land Rover expeditions of the fifties; the London to Singapore Far East Expedition that is now generally referred to as the ‘First Overland’. The republished, epic book, ‘First Overland’ by Tim Slessor, and the outstanding film footage shot by the expedition’s photographer, Antony Barrington Brown (known to his friends as BB) give us a great record of the story of the fifties Oxford and Cambridge expeditions. The Rover Company, together with Oxford and Cambridge Expedition Societies, demonstrated the outstanding qualities of the Series One. The expeditions proved, without doubt, that such marketing slogans as, 'No through road except for Land Rover’, were true anywhere in the world. They caught the imagination of thousands of overseas customers, as well as the British farming and industrial community.
A reunion of the surviving expedition members was recently held at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull at which BB related tales of his photography and the trip itself. This week's tragedy is particularly poignant, coming so soon after the loss of Adrian Cowell from a heart attack soon after the reunion.