When the Second World War was over all that was published in 1947, again compiled by 'Chuck' Macvicar, was a small booklet entitled 'War List, 1939-1946'. In 1995 the national preparations for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the war inspired one Old Birkonian World War II veteran to suggest that a similar commemorative book be compiled to honour the memory of those Old Birkonians who gave their lives in World War II.
Whilst every effort has been made to supplement the information in the 1947 War List, the delay of 50 years has made it impossible to trace the relatives or close friends of many of those commemorated in the Roll of Honour. Consequently there will be many omissions and, maybe, errors of detail and the compilers will gratefully acknowledge any further information that the reader can supply. All additional information will be carefully recorded and inserted in the School Archives.
In compiling the Roll of Honour, the Archives team have tried to extract and record all available information in order to help to give a picture of the whole man. Inevitably this has produced an imbalance between those for whom no personal contact has been achieved and those for whom relatives or close friends have been traced and interviewed. The team trust that this imbalance will not give offence or cause distress.