On 20 September 1944, Abbey House’s Lieutenant Jack Grayburn was killed in action at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden.  He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for gallantry in action.

The story of the failed Allied operation to seize nine bridges over the River Rhine was told in the 1977 film, A Bridge Too Far, in which the actor Christopher Good played Major Carlyle, a composite character of Lieutenant Jack Grayburn and Major Digby Tatham-Warter.

Find out more about Lieutenant J.H. Grayburn: Sherborne’s A Bridge Too Far hero.

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Posted 19 September 2019 by Sherborne School Archives.

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