Prince Henry's - A School At War By Graham Shutt
Andrew Liddle, Features Writer
Hot off the press is a fascinating account of how World War Two affected a local school, Prince Henry's Grammar, Otley, written by a long-serving former teacher. Graham Shutt, who taught at the school for 42 years, describes the 375-page book as a labour of love, written to keep him busy in retirement and to keep alive the memory of those former pupils who gave their lives.
However, the book, which was seven years in the researching and writing, is not only about the 463 ex-pupils and staff who were in the Armed Forces, 41 of whom were killed in the war; or the many who were wounded or taken prisoner. Graham says: "It’s also about the impact of the war on the 998 pupils who were at Prince Henry's at the time, some at the school for the length of the war.’
He researched it particularly from the school magazines and governors' minutes, and local newspapers, for example the Wharfedale Observer.
Dedicating it to everybody associated with Prince Henry's before and during the Second World War, fittingly the book launch will be at the school - at 3.30pm on its publication date of Wednesday, June 13.
Published by Fisher King, the hardback book is available for pre-ordering now on Amazon.
Prince Henry's - A School At War By Graham Shutt, 5th June 2018, 15:43 PM