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GLENALMOND COLLEGE, WW2

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: GLENALMOND COLLEGE, WW2 Reply with quote

Located within the Chapel at Glenalmond College













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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also a Roll of Honour book for WW2 which is kept in a glass case and a page is turned every day;


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was originally posted in the Craigflower School thread about Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm VC. Malcolm was a pupil at both schools.

john burnett wrote:
Thanks to James Watson for passing it on and to Eva lessels for compiling the information.

Bomber downed by overwhelming odds
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PILOT'S VC FOR AUCTION:
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MALCOLM AND his colleagues returned to base to refuel. Within an hour of landing, 25-year-old Malcolm received a message from the forward army battle zone requesting aerial support in the area they had just attacked.

Despite the risk of flying over a battle zone with no specific fighter cover, Malcolm decided to fly the sortie and an attack group of 10 Blenheim bombers took to the skies.

Twenty minutes into the ill-fated mission, one of the aircraft developed engine trouble and crash landed although its crew were spared serious injury.

Malcolm ploughed on with the remaining eight aircraft and the group eventually reached the forward fighting zone where they circled to identify the target and started to bomb.

German observers spotted the aerial incursion and a fleet of up to 50 Messerschmitt fighters were despatched to deal with the threat.

The ensuing dogfight was over within five minutes With the Blenheim crews massacred by the overwhelming force of the opposition.
Three of the aircraft crash landed within Allied lines and the crews were recovered. Malcolm's Blenheim was one of the last left flying but it was eventually shot down and erupted into flames.

Malcolm was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on April, 27, 1943 for his decision to fly the sortie despite knowing it would "court almost certain disaster" and in recognition of his courage and leadership in previous missions in support of the North Africa campaign.

Malcolm's Victoria Cross-along with four campaign medals including the Air Crew Europe and Africa stars-will be auctioned at Spink’ s London saleroom on April 22.

The lot, which also includes Malcolm's logbook with an official stamp stating "Killed in Action" on it, is being offered for auction with a pre-sale estimate of £180,000 to £220,000.

'They could have no better name than Malcolm Clubs'
BY Craigie

RECENT NEWS items about the sale at auction of a VC awarded to Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm of Broughty Ferry prompted Craigie reader Wilson Walker of Dundee to provide some information on the formation of Malcolm Clubs, named in honour of the VC holder.

Acting Wing Commander Malcolm died in 1942, aged 25, while 'defying over- whelming odds in a hazardous raid vital to the First Army in Tunisia'.

Malcolm Clubs were a sort of RAF equivalent of the NAAFI and were founded by Lady Tedder, wife of the Deputy Supreme Invasion Commander, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur Tedder. The first Malcolm Club was established in Tangiers and others were set up until there were eventually more than 100 operating throughout the world.

In May 1943, Lord Tedder was concerned that there were few amenities for the British troops in Algiers. A three-roomed house was rented and the first Club was founded. Lord Tedder told the troops using the facility, "This is your club, keep it going", a phrase which became the clubs' motto.

Lady Tedder later said of Wing Commander Malcolm, "What better-monument could such a man have, than that his name should stand for comfort and rest to the non-commissioned ground personnel and crews in the forward areas? No better name could be given to them than Malcolm Clubs."

Mr Walker said that there is surprisingly little known generally about these clubs and he thought that, with a local connection, readers may be interested to know about their establishment.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

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