Over on the Poppies thread, I was struck by somebody's reminiscences of their teacher who had served in a distinguished role in WW2. I immediately thought of several of my own teachers who were also bona fide war heroes... Deputy Head - Dougie Saint AFC. He flew PRU Spitfires over Germany. no guns, stripped of armour, massive cojones. Geoff English (I think, because it might have been Sammy Stock) - Battle of Britain pilot with DFM. If he got edgy in class, he started to reflexively check his six o'clock! Cec Parker - RN Commando who ran the war games club for us. Remember him picking up an airfix dead figure off the table once and musing that there wasn't really any need to have them, "as dead bodies sort of merge into the ground and you don't really notice them..." Now those sorts of life experiences are unlikely to be cropping up on teacher's CVs in the near future.