Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A full life

A young Donald Featherstone 
(swiped from the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog) 


I have just read on the Old School Wargaming list that Donald Featherstone has died.

It is a sad day for us who come after - but it marks the end of a life of considerable achievement.  In the little correspondence I had with him - he struck me as a man who lived a full life though one not unmarked by tragedy.

That he took the time to answer a letter from a fan despite being in his nineties demonstrates the quality of his character.  I treasure it still.

In death he is reunited with those that were taken from him in life. Rest eternal grant to him O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him and may he rest in peace.

Gentlemen, charge your bumpers.

I give you the toast - Donald Featherstone.


  1. A toast well made. Thank you for being so eloquent. I never met him but his influence on me and my hobby will be felt for a long time yet.

  2. A sad day for the hobby, I always loved his Solo Wargaming book in particular.
    If immortality is measured by the lives you touch, he will indeed live on for many years to come.

  3. Rest in peace, Mr. Featherstone. You will be missed. Cheers!

    Best Regards,


  4. A founder and Titan in the truest sense. The deep bedrock of his work has provided firm footing for nearly all modern wargaming, whether the participants know it or not.

  5. Bumpers will be well and truly charged

  6. I'll sadly toast is passing. God bless him.

  7. Allthough I never met him in person, I felt I knew him. I have read a lot of his books. It was nice to see the video interview of him awile back that John Curry did...Jeff

  8. The grand old man of wargaming. Sad news. If it's OK with you, I'd like to post this on the Victorian Military Society's Facebook page.