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On Wednesday 25 May, the School welcomed renowned military historian Gary Sheffield to lead a talk on Field Marshal Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein, or ‘Monty’, as he is fondly known at St John’s.
As Chairman of St John’s School Governing Council for 16 years, from 1950 – 1966 and then President of the Council from 1966 until his death in 1976, Monty made a huge contribution to the School, and showed great generosity in giving his own time and money and in managing major fundraising projects.
Mr Sheffield gave a dynamic and intriguing talk to over 150 guests in the School Chapel, enlightening them on Monty’s life in the army during the Second World War, as well as anecdotes from his years of philanthropy.
As well as the talk, attendees were able to visit the exhibition on Monty hosted in the School’s Old Chapel. Handwritten letters, signed photographs, books, paintings and other memorabilia are currently on show in the exhibition, which is open daily until Saturday 28 May.
School Archivist Sally Todd commented: “Mr Sheffield’s talk really was excellent, and a great companion to the exhibition. It was lovely in particular to welcome Monty’s granddaughter, and I know that people have enjoyed reminiscing about their time with him. We couldn’t have mounted the exhibition without all the Old Boys who sent in their anecdotes, memorabilia and memories, and it has been fantastic to see so many of them who remember Monty and his time at St John’s.”
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