Emanuel Generations at Dacre Day

70 years ago this November Bill Taylor was captured on Leros and made a POW. He spent 17 months as a POW being transported to various camps including Brunswick Oflag 79. Today he was at Emanuel School where I was able to show him the boards detailing his war service, prepared by the Emanuel Archivist Tony Jones using my research, which will be displayed at the Emanuel School War Exhibition in 2014. I also introduced Bill to the cousin of Seymour Pike and her husband. Seymour Pike was the lead signalman on Motor Gun Boat 314 and was awarded the DSM for his part in the St. Nazaire Raid in 1942.

Bill also met the second cousin of an Old Emanuel who used to be in his class in the 1930s. All round it was a special day and particularly on Armed Forces Day. One is often reminded of how much we all owe Bill’s generation for the sacrifices they made for the Free World.


Bill Pat Tony and Daniel

Bill and Tony


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