Obituaries

Tommy Caton, footballer, died near Oxford 29 April, aged 30. Made his name at Manchester City in the early 1980s while still a teenager, when he was known as one of the manager Malcolm Allison's 'stars for the future'. At the age of 16 he was already a remarkably complete and imposing first-team central defender, particularly strong in the air. Made 165 league appearances in five seasons for City and captained the side before joining Arsenal for pounds 500,000 in December 1983. Represented England at schoolboy and youth levels and won 14 England under-21 caps. After 81 league outings for Arsenal moved to Oxford Utd for pounds 160,000. Transferred to Charlton in 1988, but a persistent ankle injury kept him out of the first team for the past two years.

Rear-Admiral Robert Alexander, died South Harting, Hampshire 25 April, aged 79. Commanded submarines during the Second World War, winning the DSO for sinking the German U-boat U308 off Norway and the DSC in 1943 for his role in a mini-submarine attack faced by submarine nets on the battleship Tirpitz, successfully disabling her for six months.

Frank Smitherman, diplomat, died 5 March, aged 79. Former British Ambassador to Togo and Dahomey 1970- 73. Consul-general in Bordeaux, 1967- 69. Counsellor in Moscow, 1969-70. MBE 1951.

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