Sedbergh School is aware of only two OS’s who have died on military service since the end of WW2. A collection of papers belonging to one of these men, Graham Scott (P 1943- 45), was donated to the archive in January. We are most grateful to have Scott’s life and sacrifice drawn to our attention and have created a new award in his memory.
Scott was very active in the CCF while at Sedbergh and won shooting awards in both school age and adult competitions. In 1945 he won a national News of the World shooting competition. He went on to join the Royal Navy and served in the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean. He was invited to ‘At Homes’ with the Commander in Chief Mediterranean and Lady Willis at Valetta and with the Rear-Admiral Malta and Mrs Kelsey.
Scott died in 1952 aged 24 when the Meteor jet plane he was piloting crashed in Cornwall. He had recently completed his elementary flight training and passed out at the top of his course. He played rugby for Harrogate regularly when he had leave and had trials for Kent and the combined counties of Nottingham, Lincoln and Derby.
The family of Sir Wavell Wakefield (SH 1912 – 1916) have donated one of Wakefield’s trophies to be awarded in Scott’s memory. The Graham Scott Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the first time to the highest scorer in the Shooting ‘Club Championship’ at the end of the Lent Term.
Katy de la Rivière – Archivist