At the recent OT Reunion, the Chair of the OT Society, Mark Nicholas, asked former pupils if they could find out some information about Flight Lieutenant Charles Patrick Holman DFC, who had attended the School and was killed in action on 25 October 1944.
The School holds his war medals, including a Distinguished Flying Cross, and we am delighted to say that thanks to Diane Lee and Duncan Williams a great deal of information has been unearthed.
We are now pulling this together and with the help of a local magazine, Just Aylsham, we hope to provide the life story of this remarkable OT.
The following appeal has been included in the October issue of Just Aylsham:
A former Taverham Hall School pupil is after information for a project about an Aylsham soldier, also a former pupil at the school. Duncan Williams if looking to find out more about Charles Patrick Holman, who fought in WW2 and was well-known in Aylsham.
According to records, Flight Lieutenant Holman had a distinguished academic record at Wellington, to which he won a scholarship in January, 1933. He was Head of the Classical VIth, a prefect who exerted some influence and a winner of the Benson Scholarship.
The war interrupted his course at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and he joined the RAF in 1940. In the Eastern Mediterranean and over Malta he navigated Beaufighters with a skill and courage that earned him his DFC in 1943. It was while attacking enemy shipping off Trieste on October 25, 1944, that he was killed by anti-aircraft fire that shot down his plane.
Duncan’s quest started when medals, including the DFC, were displayed at a meeting of former pupils. He said: “My father was in the RAF and I know this is a rare honour.”
He will be pursuing his military service research with the RAF and IWM but was also looking to the Aylsham connection to find out more. He said: “I understand that the Holmans were well known in the district through local service pre-war.”
Contact him at email@example.com if you can help.