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Constant, Ion Brancovan (1920-1942)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Ion Brancovan Constant (1920-1942), born at Eastry, Kent on 20 August 1920, son of Marin Brancovan Constant (1886-1962) MC, and Cicely Constant (née Brockelbank) (1892-1981) of Fontridge, Broad Highway, Cobham, Surrey.

Brother of Michael Brancovan Constant (1916-2013), attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) 1930-1934; St John’s College, Cambridge; WW2, Captain in Royal Artillery; Steel Bros & Co. Ltd.


Attended Seafield Park School, Fareham, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1933-July 1938; 6th form; House Prefect; PT Instructor; Sergeant in OTC.


Peterhouse College, Cambridge, B.A.


WW2, Pilot Officer, 410 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed when taking off on a night flight test flight when, during unauthorised low flying, the aircraft crashed into the grounds of Dissington Hall, Stamfordham, Northumberland, on 16 March 1942, aged 21.


Commemorated at:

Esher (Cobham) Cemetery, Surrey, Class C. Grave 1729,-ion...


Peterhouse War Memorial:


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'I.B. Constant was the younger of two brothers in Harper House. On leaving he went to St. John's College, Cambridge, but when war broke out, he joined the R.A.F. After a period as a sergeant-pilot, he was given a commission and joined a night-fighter squadron in the North of England. He was killed in action in March 1942. At School he was often in some sort of a scrape, and without doubt it was this love of adventure that took him into night-fighters in the early days of the blitzes.'


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