This booklet is a collection of the Ilkley Grammar School Old Boys that served in the Second World War. llkley Grammar School was no different to any other grammar school in the country regarding wartime losses among old boys and staff members. School are proud to have a roll of honour to commemorate former students who paid the ultimate sacrifice. There was a pride among the boys at what they had achieved fuelled by the honourable life of patriotism. The loss of youth in the whole country emphasised a sense of the need to remember. Clear lines of communication are essential in war between generals and the ordinary troops and former pupils and members of staff from all schools that went off to fight in both wars.
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Attended Ilkley Grammar School as a boarder 1904 – 1909 because he lived on the Isle of Mull. Won a scholarship to St. Paul’s School leaving Ilkley at age 13. MC in FWW and Captain by 1918, then several years in India. His brother Hugh – an old boy IGS killed in action in last war while with Canadians. Colin awarded DSO for action in 1940 in neighbourhood of Bodo in Norway during operations. He displayed sterling qualities of leadership in handling troops in a strange and difficult country. Personally led troops in rear guard action. When ready and astray went back and collected 2 platoons, went forward again, saw further action to stem the German advance.
Later served in senior position in Special Operations Executive.