Ian L. Cummings

1932 - 2006

This obituary appeared in the West Sussex County Times in 2006

Horsham friends and Sussex target shooters will be saddened to learn of the death on 17 May 2006 at the age of 74 of Ian Cummings, one of Sussex and Horsham’s most respected rifle shots.

Ian was educated at Hurstpierpoint College, where he learned the sport of target rifle shooting and was a member of their Ashburton VIII. After National Service, during which he was an inspector for ammunition, he pursued a life-long career in banking, serving for over thirty years in a variety of positions at the Bank of England. On retirement he became a member of the Shelley Probus Club of Horsham where he will be remembered with affection.

Ian’s leisure time was devoted in major part to his activities as a target shooting competitor and administrator, becoming a leading figure in the Sussex County Rifle Association, being their President at the time of his death. After an early spell with Sussex, Ian moved house and then shot for Surrey, representing them in the King George V Cup between 1964 and 1966. A second move of house saw his return to Sussex and he became an established member of the County rifle team and the county’s administrative team, as Honorary Secretary from 1988 to 1991 and then as captain for a three year term from 1994 to 1996.

Among his achievements he reached the final of HM The Queen’s Prize in 1965 and 1969 and was in the top 50 of the Bisley Grand Aggregate from 1963 to 1969 inclusive. He gained an England cap in the National Match in 1968. In 1969 he toured to Canada with the British Rifle Team that contested the World Long Range Rifle Championship for the Palma Trophy, finishing second to the United States.
In 2000 Ian captained England to victory over the other home nations in the National Match. In recent years he turned to Match Rifle events to continue his competitive involvement on the ranges.

He was a long time member of the Horsham Rifle and Pistol Club, where he was held in great esteem. Among the Bisley rifle clubs to which he also belonged were the English VIII, the North London. With Bisley as his home range after the demise of the many local Sussex firing ranges, he was a well respected and sociable figure always having time for a friendly word on the veranda of the North London. He will be missed not only by Sussex shots but also by fellow shooters from across the world.

He is survived by his wife June, their son and daughter Simon and Jonquil.