In Memory of
IAN MARK HERBERT MAY
46th Regt., Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.
who died on
Thursday, 27th January 1944. Age 19.
Cemetery: CASERTA WAR CEMETERY, Italy
Panel Number: VII, A, 15.
The Royal Palace at Caserta served as headquarters for the Allied armies in Italy for the greater part of the duration of the Italian campaign. The site of the Caserta War Cemetery was chosen in April 1945. Some of the graves here are those of prisoners of war, some of men who died in hospital here; No.2 British General Hospital was at Caserta from December 1943 until September 1945. There are also a few burials resulting from the fighting in the middle of October 1943, on the River Volturno, which lies not far away to the north. There are now nearly 800, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 10 are unidentified.
Do you know anything more? Does anyone have any recollections of those who were lost in the War? I'd like to add anything we may have to our Web site.
What was it for? Did you win it? I have it now - the only cup in the control of the Society.
That is quite a cluster of silverware. Why not try to picture them
The picture came from the Trust and we had no control over it.
Victor Ward wrote:
I think the Victor Ludorum cup was for the best and brightest pupil with the best scores for exams each year. I never won it because I was a complete dunce and was regularly last in every subject!
Dusty Titheridge wrote:
Very pleased to get the info about May.
I think Victor Ludorum was awarded to the best all round student combining
athletic prowess with academic pre-eminence.
Surely Roy Daysh or Tom Hilton would be able to provide more info.
Access to remainder of trophies understood.
Roger Ditchburn wrote:
Michael The Ian May Cup was awarded for the high jump in the school sports. I know this because I won a half share in it in 194? I think it was presented to the school by his mother.The Victor Ludorum cup was awarded to the boy who gained most points overall in the school sports day events. Literally translated "Winner of the Games" A bit like Daly Thompson in the OLympics Decathlon! Roger Ditchburn.
Malcolm Paskins, with the help of Richard Bridgland wrote:
We have the answer!
The 'Victor Ludorum ' award was threefold, one each for the best Minor,
Junior , and Senior boy in the Summer Sports Day. I have no idea how it
calculated, presumably on some sort of points for places basis.
In summer 1960, Jim Brammer won the Seniors trophy. He also won the 'Iain
Cup' for the High jump (although the September 'Lion' mis-reported it as
being for the Long jump!)
Nigel Balchin wrote:
If memory serves me correctly the Victor Ludorum was awarded on Sports Day to the athlete who acrrued the highest points total across all events.
( I should perhaps add, Michael, that Ken was at the school from
1942 to 1946.
I was also at the school in 1945-46, but only briefly, as the family moved to Portsmouth when Dad, who had been the station sergeant at Fareham Police Station, retired to be a publican.)