Last month we welcomed Lady Vickers and her daughter to Shrewsbury House School. Her father, Major General ‘Pip’ Roberts CB DSO MC, boarded at SHS between 1914 and 1920, he then went on to Marlborough College and Sandhurst. During the war he served in North Africa and Normandy under Field Marshall Montgomery and became the youngest Major General and Divisional Commander in the British Army, commanding the 11th Armoured Division. He was highly decorated and impressed many with his confidence and calmness in action. A model of his tank (pictured) is on display in the Irving Room.
During Lady Vickers' visit to SHS, she saw many of the places where her father had studied as a boy one hundred years ago. Having thoroughly enjoyed her visit, she was keen to make a donation to the School in her father’s memory. Four military history books have generously been donated to the School Library, most of which mention her father’s service and campaigns in World War II.
Lady Vickers wrote in one; “This book is given in memory of one of Monty’s Men – Major General Pip Roberts, the youngest General in the British Army who attended Shrewsbury House from 1914-1920.”
A copy of General Robert’s own account of his time in World War II was added to the library stock recently for the boys to read more about this SHS Old Boy and his time in the war. The books will be of great use to the boys' study of history, in particular World War II, and will add to their enjoyment and interest in the subject.
Head of History