Armed Services

Brighton College has a long & proud history of service in the Armed Forces - both in times of peace and of conflict. We present here a collection of related articles, obituaries and features - a growing resource of content that we hope will adequately represent the high regard and pride in which we hold these brave men & women.
13 July 2010

Old photo recently found by Malcolm Faber (S 1975-80)

This photo was recently found in the Faber archives! This is the CCF at RAF Waddington (home to the Vulcan bombers) in 1978 for a weeks camp!

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19 March 2010

Fl. Lt. Marc Heal (1994-98) awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

The Association is extremely proud to report that on 19th March 2010 Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal (OB. 1994-98), currently stationed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his actions whilst on operations in Afghanistan in July 2009.

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14 January 2010

Kay Irving Holder (S. 1930-34)

Mr Kay Irving Holder passed away on January 14, 2010. He was a very kind, generous and honest person, who lived a full life, filled with lots of adventure. He had a great appreciation for languages and literature and enjoyed playing sports, particularly tennis and golf. Other pastimes included hunting, fishing and travelling. He travelled a great deal throughout his life, which he credits for his open mindedness, tolerance and acceptance of others.

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22 December 2009

Chris Terrill (A. 1965-70)'s new documentary: "War Torn Warriors"

Chris' new documentary, "War Torn Warriors" starts on December 22nd in Sky1- A group of Britain’s bravest heroes find themselves on the front line of an entirely different battle in this two-part special. An inspiring documentary, War Torn chronicles the experiences of injured British service personnel as they embark on the journey of a lifetime, scaling the Everest region of the Himalayas.

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16 November 2009

Lieutenant-Commander Michael Langman (B. 1935-40)

Lieutenant-Commander Michael Langman, who has died aged 88, enjoyed three distinct flying careers, served in two Navies and was recognised for his bravery over the western desert and the Mediterranean.

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08 November 2009

REPORT: Remembrance Service & Lunch, 2009

The chapel was full to capacity for Service of Music and Readings for Remembrance Sunday. Parents, pupils, and many Old Brightonians came to listen to the roll call of those who died in World War 2, to observe the Silence and to hear the choir sing the Faure Requiem. The readings, which concentrated on the disabling effects of war, ranged from Wilfred Owen to a soldier engaged in Afghanistan. Any parent who was unable to attend, but would like a copy of the service booklet, should contact the Deputies' PA, Louise Moore.

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05 November 2009

Col David Travers Worsley Gibson (ex staff)

Former Second World War Phantom Signals officer, Col David Travers Worsley Gibson, has died, aged 92.

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24 August 2009

Lt Col (Rtd) Anthony K Sharp (B. 1933-37)

Lt Col (Rtd) Anthony K Sharp, OBE (B. 1933-37) died on 24th August 2009 in hospital. Anthony was the former Commanding Officer 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers and Founder and first Headmaster of Bredon School.

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Art
17 June 2009

John Worsley (C. 1932-35)

Born: 16th February 1919, Liverpool, England Died: 2000, energetic artist who drew a debonair police hero for the Eagle comic, and created Albert RN, the dummy hero of a famed wartime escape.

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09 October 2008

David Owen (B. 1945-48) leaps out of an airplane!

For reasons best known to himself David has chosen to show his support for wounded servicemen (and raise a considerable amount of cash) by leaping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft.

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01 December 2007

Major General E H W Grimshaw (G. 1925-29)

Major General E H W Grimshaw (G. 1925-29) who has died aged 96, won a DSO in Burma and saw repeated front-line service in a career which ranged from the North West Frontier of India in 1932 to the Eoka operation in Cyprus in 1956.

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18 June 2007

General Sir Francis Ivan Simms

In a moving ceremony, an Old Brightonian’s sword, hanging in the College Chapel for generations, was returned to “active duty”. Captain Anthony Harris took possession of the sword of his great grandfather, General Sir Francis Tuker, who was a member of School House before joining the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914.

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10 June 2006

Major Richard G S Tolson (Wi/D. 1932-37

Richard Tolson, who died on 10th June 2006, was the last of a trio of particularly scholarly and talented officers, all close friends, who have left us during the past two years. They were Matthew Lees (fine art and water colour painting); John Ainsworth (history, archives and travel writing); with Richard whose interests were literature, poetry and music.

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01 January 2006

Air Vice Marshal Geoffrey Charles Eveleigh (S. 1927-31)

 

Air Vice-Marshal Geoffrey Eveleigh (whose wartime work greatly increased bombers' accuracy), who has died aged 93, was an RAF pilot who flew fleet fighters from the aircraft carrier Glorious and then specialised in signals to become the RAF's Director General of Signals.

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06 December 2005

Brigadier Gordon Viner (Wal. 1931-34)

Brigadier Gordon Viner, CBE, MC and Bar (Wal. 1931-34), who has died aged 87, was awarded an MC in France in 1944 and a Bar in Germany the following year.

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10 November 2005

Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen (S. 1927-27)

Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen, who has died aged 92, won two DSOs in 1945 in the battles of the Ardennes and the Reichswald.

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07 November 2004

The OB trip to Ypres, 2004

Brighton College has benefited in many ways from the leadership and vision of Anthony Seldon. One of the most remarkable innovations he has brought to pupils, parents and OBs alike are his now legendary visits to the Great War battlefields.

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01 June 2002

REPORT: Remembrance Day Service 2002

The College remembrance service is unique amongst the services held on a Sunday during the year, as there is no communion or sermon, and is jointly held for the senior and prep schools in the College. Instead, a few prayers are interspersed with much poetry, music and personal accounts of visitors to the Somme.

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23 November 1917

Lieutenant Ewart Alan Mackintosh MC (BC. 1905-09)

Ewart Alan Mackintosh (4 March 1893 – 23 November 1917) was a war poet and an officer in the Seaforth Highlanders from December 1914. Mackintosh was killed whilst observing the second day of the second Battle of Cambrai, 21 November 1917. His best poetry has been said to be comparable in quality to that of Rupert Brooke.

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11 March 1915

Second Lieutenant William Hugh Coxon (Ch. 1907-11)

Military Service Second Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters. Date of Death: 4pm, 11th March, 1915, aged 22. Grave Reference Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

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16 February 1915

Reginald Thomas Barrett Pope (BC. 1891-94)

Lieutenant, Welsh Regiment. Born: July 28th, 1891. Brighton College Junior House, 1891-1894. Killed in action, France, Feb 16th, 1915, aged 23.

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01 February 1915

Albert Arundel Holmes (Sc. 1885-88)

Albert Arundel Holmes (Sc. 1885-88), Captain, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born: January 16th, 1872, died of pneumonia, May 1915 aged 43.

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10 November 1914

Ernest Lionel Lane-Anderson (Du. 1909-10)

Born: December 24th, 1893, Killed in action, France, Nov 10th, 1914.

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01 November 1914

Harley Norman Duff (Sc. 1912-23)

Born: June 9th, 1896, Killed in action, Wytschaete, Nov 1st, 1914.

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01 November 1914

Rodolph Armbruster (Sc. 1911-12)

Killed in action, France, Nov, 1914

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22 August 1913

2nd Lt. Vincent Waterfall (BC. 1907-09) - "100th year anniversary of the death of an honourable OB"

The very first two British officers to be killed in WW1 were 2nd Lt. Vincent Waterfall who had qualified as a pilot from the Royal Aero Club (RAC) in 1913 aged 20 (Brighton College 1907-09) and Lt. Vincent Gordon Bayly of St Pauls.

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