Sir David was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham. After serving in the RAF and being called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, he had a distinguished academic career. He also undertook many other public roles, including acting as a local government ombudsman and the Chairman of the Commission for Local Administration in England (1982 to 1994). Sir David was also a great supporter of the Oxford Preservation Trust, serving as its Chairman for twenty years.

There will be a Memorial Service for Professor Sir David Yardley, former Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall 1953-1974, at 2.15pm on Friday 14th November in the University Church – St Mary’s, High Street, Oxford, with refreshments afterwards at St Edmund Hall.

The College and Sir David’s family hope that you might be able to attend.

Please send your R.S.V.P. to Gill Powell at St Edmund Hall: or 01865 279003