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Battle of Britain Dedication Day

On Saturday 14 June at the annual 1848 Legacy Society lunch Lancing honoured five of its OLs, all of whom became Battle of Britain pilots.


We were delighted to have some of the pilots’ families joining us for this special occasion; in particular, Sarah Quill, daughter of Jeffrey Quill, Gibbs’ 1926–1931, who test piloted every mark of Spitfire, as well as Peter Vincent, Gibbs’ 1946-1951, son of Air Vice Marshal Stanley Vincent, Gibbs’ 1913-1915. Peter told us at the lunch that his father had the unusual accolade of flying in both world wars.

Following a service of commemoration in the Chapel, ‘Spirit of Kent’, a restored 1944 Spitfire IX based at Biggin Hill gave a thrilling aerial display for members of the College and the assembled crowd. The patron of the 1848 Legacy Society, Ken Shearwood DSC, was one of our distinguished guests and is delighted that Society members have now pledged £3.25m in legacies to the school.

A memorial plaque, presented to the College by the Battle of Britain Historical Society, was unveiled by Mrs Susan Pyper, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex and a former Lancing parent.

Follow THIS LINK to view the BBC News page about the event.






Squadron Leader
John SAMPLE
DFC
Second's 1927-1930
Squadron Leader
Robert S WOODWARD
DFC
Second's 1932-1937
Flying Officer
Jeffrey K QUILL
OBE AFC
Gibbs' 1926-1931
Squadron Leader
Jefferson H WEDGWOOD
DFC
Sanderson's 1931-1935
Air Vice Marshal
Stanley F VINCENT
CB DFC AFC
Gibbs' 1913-1915

 

 


'Spirit of Kent' over Lancing College Chapel


Relatives of Jeffrey Quill


Relatives of Stanley Vincent


The Memorial Plaque, presented by the Battle of Britain Society


BBC South Today's Jo Kent inteviewing Peter Vincent (Stanley Vincent's son)

 

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