A NEW panel, containing ten additional names, is to be added to a 1992 memorial to former pupils of Christ’s Hospital School [Old Blues] who died in World War II.
The discovery of the additional names follows the recent release of many wartime documents and greatly improved research facilities, such as the internet.
They will appear on the revised panel which will be officially unveiled by the Treasurer, General Sir Garry Johnson, KCB, OBE, MC, on Saturday, April 30 – this year’s ‘Old Blues’ Day’.
‘Old Blues’ served in all the main battles of the second World War but many also died during German bombing raids on England.
They include 17 year old Michael George Langley Evans who was killed in a bombing attack on a train at Bramley Station, Surrey, in 1942.
He’d just finished his education at Christ’s Hospital School and was planning to join the RAF.
The unveiling of the new War Memorial panel will coincide with the launch of a new book, ‘Freedom – We Died For You’, by ‘Old Blue’ David Miller.
It records the wartime deaths of ‘Old Blues’ and describes their lives and military service.
“We hope the book will enable Christ’s Hospital pupils to put faces and personalities to what may otherwise seem to be a bare list of names on the War Memorial,” says David Miller.