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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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.
Esher (Cobham) Cemetery, Surrey, Class C. Grave 1729 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2434494/constant,-ion...
Peterhouse War Memorial: www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeUniversity...
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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