Commemorating VE Day

Friday 8th May is the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 75 years since the end of the second world war in Europe.

As a community, we commemorated the 749 OMs who gave their lives in WW1 through a series of excellent events organised by David du Croz (CR 1996-2007).

VE Day provides us with an opportunity to remember the 417 OMs who gave their lives in WW2. As with those lost in WW1, many of these OMs were young men who stepped up to serve their country at time of need and paid the ultimate price. I was lucky enough to meet one distinguished Old Marlburian, Lt Col Eric Wilson VC (C1 1926-31), who came to unveil a plaque in the Memorial Hall commemorating holders of the VC and GC since the Great War. His story of being awarded the VC posthumously in East Africa and reading about his award whilst in an Italian prisoner of war camp was not only amusing but provided a great insight into the camaraderie that existed even between foes in time of War: the commandant of the camp on hearing of the award arranged a special celebratory dinner to honour Capt. Wilson’s valour.

At this time of Lockdown, it will be difficult to come together to honour these OMs but I hope that Marlburians and Old Marlburians all over the world will be able to spare a thought for these brave OMs between 2.55pm and 3.00pm on Friday. I also hope that trumpeters and buglers amongst you will play Last Post at 2.55pm and all the pipers amongst you will play Battle’s o’er at 3.00pm.

Neil JL Moore
President of Common Room and Contingent Commander of CCF

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