By Ballyclare High School on 10 November, 2022


Ahead of our period of Remembrance we wish to share with you some information about one of the past pupils we commemorate, Edward ‘EJBR’ Gillespie. As a Flight Sergeant, Edward had great prospects as an airline pilot after the war had he survived but he was killed on 8th August 1939 in a freak accident during the take-off of a night bomber. The crew were involved in preparations for the Second World War which was declared on 3rd September less than a month later. Of the 4 crew members only the rear gunner survived having been thrown clear.

This picture and information kindly provided by EJBR’s nephew Gordon Gillespie also a past pupil 1952-58.