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Bablake School and World War II

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Less then twenty years after Bablake School dedicated its War Memorial to the men who fell and those who served in the Great War, the Second World War had broken out. This war would be different, the inter-war years had seen the development of new weapons, priority was placed on the role of the RAF and home defence. During the war, 98 old boys would be killed and over 660 men would serve in various capacities with the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm, Army or Civil Defence. Bablake was represented in many of the major campaigns including the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Normandy landings, the fight for Cassino, El Alamein, the sinking of the Bismarck and the bombing of strategic objectives in Europe. The outbreak of war meant that trenches had to be built in the school grounds and schooling was interrupted due to daylight raids and sleepless nights.The school escaped relatively unscathed until the night of the 14th November 1940, when a massive air raid resulted in the loss of the library with all its treasures.

The school shelters suffered a direct hit resulting in deaths to members of the surrounding community and causing extensive damage. With the Pioneer Corps commandeering the school, a chance encounter between Mr. Curt a teacher at Bablake and Mr. Hooton the Director of Education at Lincoln led to the school being evacuated to Lincoln where it stayed until 1943, although some of the boys remained in Coventry. The school magazine "The Wheatleyan" published accounts of the men's experiences, details of those taken as prisoners of war, the activities of the Comforts Fund and updates to the 'Roll Of Honour'.After the war a Memorial Fund raised enough money to perpetuate the memory of the Fallen with the installation in the assembly hall of a new school organ and a "Book of Honour". Over sixty years later, this book pays tribute to the Bablake Old Boys who died and served during the Second World War.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Upfront Publishing Publication Date: 01/06/2008 ISBN-13: 9781844264926  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Trevor Harkin lives in Earlsdon, Coventry with his wife and two children. After leaving Secondary School, he furthered his education at Coventry University initially achieving a Batchelor of Engineering and furthered this with an MBA in Management and an MSc in Automotive and Automotive Component Manufacture. He then wrote several articles on Knowledge Management and performance metrics which appeared in Engineering periodicals. Having completed his studies, he began researching his family tree and found on his Mother's side that his grandmother lost three uncles in the Great War and on his Father's side his great-grandfather served all the way through the Great War. On a visit to Coventry's War Memorial Park he noticed the plaques dedicated to those who fell during the Great War and the Second World War and set about researching the plaques, starting an internet site Following a local appeal for information an article was shown in an assembly at Bablake School at which his nephew, Alex Hoare was in attendance. This started a dialogue with Bablake School and he promptly added the names of the Bablake fallen to his list of men to research. Trevor has contributed articles to a local magazine 'The Earlsdon Echo' and a number of his articles have featured in local newspapers, 'The Coventry Telegraph' and 'Coventry Times'.Where time permits he has also assisted relatives of the Fallen and those who have expressed an interest in soldiers from Coventry. This is his third book, his first book 'Bablake School and the Great War' was released in June 2007, followed by 'War Memorial Park' in October 2007.

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