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Be Grateful: Brighton College's Fallen 1939–45

Be Grateful: Brighton College's Fallen 1939–45

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Be Grateful: Brighton College's Fallen 1939–45

Longueur:
489 pages
2 heures
Sortie:
Oct 31, 2019
ISBN:
9781784423667
Format:
Livre

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Eighty years on from the beginning of the Second World War it is easy to forget that, for a time, democracy, the rule of law and even everyday values of tolerance and kindness were in danger of being snuffed out in Europe.
Given the sacrifices made, we must not forget the people who fought to protect these virtues – particularly those who laid down their lives for this cause. To this end, all Fourth Form pupils at Brighton College have researched an individual Old Brightonian who died in, or as a result of, the war. The list includes former masters, pupils and one German old boy who was doubtless a good man, but fighting for a bad cause.
What emerges in this book, a companion to a volume on the fallen of the Great War already published, is a collection of extremely varied personal histories. Where possible, this book recalls the family lives of each man in addition to his war service. The quality of research has been high, and pupils have also excelled at storytelling: finding the excitement and humour in each life, as well as the poignancy. The 170 fallen Old Brightonians of the Second World War, nurtured by the College but cut off in their prime, have been honoured by the current crop of Brightonians, several generations below them.
Sortie:
Oct 31, 2019
ISBN:
9781784423667
Format:
Livre

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Contents

Roll of Honour

Preface

Introduction

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

Postscript

Acknowledgements

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Detail from Brighton College Remembrance Statue, by Philip Jackson CVO, DL, MA, FBRS. (Photographed by David McHugh)

Roll of Honour

Brighton College Chapel from the south-east, showing the Memorial Wing.

Sunday Express front page, 3 September 1939.

Preface

The Second World War began for the United Kingdom and its empire on 3 September 1939, announced over the radio to a fearful nation by a sombre Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. There were none of the jubilant gatherings that marked the beginning of the Great War, nor any excitable rush to enlist. There was simply a quiet resolution to get on with the job, and a sense that the British government had tried everything in its power to secure peace, but that a particularly barbarous form of nationalism had taken hold in Germany that had thwarted its every effort.

It is hard to gauge how the College community took the news, but one can imagine that the mood here too was sober. Few families had not experienced at first or second hand the brutal cost of war. The new memorial wing of the chapel stood as the starkest reminder of losses suffered, and it was here that the community gathered to hear the Head Master, Walter Hett, announce the news of hostilities.

Exactly 80 years later, the College community gathered in the same chapel to remember all those Old Brightonians and members of the Common Room who gave their lives in the subsequent six years of struggle against tyranny; this book, in large part the product of research by current pupils and their families, is today issued to every pupil in memory of their predecessors.

A number of things will strike even the most casual of readers. One striking fact is that Brighton is unusual among public schools in having lost more former pupils in the Second World War than the First. Another is that the largest number

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