Given its long association with Britain’s military, it is understandable that many former Victoria College pupils are presently serving in the armed forces. The gallant commitment of Old Victorians was underlined this week with news that nearly 300 of them are currently on active service.
The released list, which excludes school masters, totals 298 names. Sadly, ten of them have already made the ultimate sacrifice – nine killed in action and one, 23-year-old Lieutenant Arthur Toms, who lost his life in an accident. Five further Old Victorians are listed as prisoners of war including Captain Ernest (Victor) Briard who it is understood was captured after the Battle of Mons.
While many of the school’s old boys and masters are serving at the front, it should not be forgotten that the present generation of pupils and teachers are also doing their bit towards the defence of Jersey. Members of the College’s Officer Training Corps led by their headmaster, Mr Worrall, have volunteered to stand guard over the Island's coastline. On one night in every five, a group of 40 or 50 young soldiers are serving with the Militia’s East Battalion in Grouville Bay.