Thursday, 23 November 2017

Tribute to ex-pupil who wouldn’t give in to Nazis

A FORMER student of the Oratory School in Woodcote has been honoured for his service during the Second World War.

A FORMER student of the Oratory School in Woodcote has been honoured for his service during the Second World War.

Louis de Rainvilliers attended the school from 1914 to 1915 after his parents sent him away from the battlefields of France, where they lived.

He was recruited by the British War Office in 1939 and took part in an operation to rescue captured Allied airmen from German prisons and smuggle them back to friendly territory.

Mr de Rainvilliers was arrested by the Nazis in 1942 and spent three years in a series of concentration camps.

He became known as Le Muet, or “the dumb”, for his refusal to break under Gestapo torture.

He died during a forced march to Berlin in 1945 and his final resting place is unknown.

A plaque in his honour was unveiled at the Oratory’s chapel by his daughter Brigitte and family friends.

Miss de Rainvilliers laid a wreath in the school’s combined cadet force memorial garden after the sounding of the Last Post.



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