Roll of Honour 1939-1945

World War Two

When carrying out research into the brief lives of those old boys who perished in World War Two it was difficult not to be personally moved when discovering so much about these young men.

The school magazine “Our Record” for the 1930s is fairly comprehensive and there is always a hope that the names will appear in school exam lists, form jottings or house reports. Notable for this period was the emphasis given to sports reports when individuals were publicly praised or criticised for their efforts on the sports field.

We have also been fortunate to have gathered a number of photographs of these old boys which also helps to give greater meaning to our present pupils.

The biggest difference has been that many of our boys joined the R.A.F. and Royal Navy in the Second World War whilst virtually all of them in the First World War were in the Army.

Records of ships and planes have been well catalogued and with the invaluable use of the internet it has been possible to trace individuals up to their last moments.

I was surprised to note that 17 old boys from World War Two had no known graves, a much higher proportion than in World War One. However, I had failed to appreciate just how many airmen and sailors were lost at sea.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission should be congratulated for their outstanding work, both in the care of all war graves around the world and for recording all of those men and women who gave their lives in the two World wars.

Hopefully others will follow in my footsteps to find even more details, more photographs to help us all to a wider understanding and appreciation of their ultimate sacrifice.

R.K. Iremonger


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