I received a message from an Old Brackenbrian, James Whitla Gracey, who was head prefect of the school from 1948-49. James has kindly sent me several images of times spent at Brackenber in the 1940s.
James Gracey joined Brackenber House School's Kindergarten with Miss Zena Rankin until the 2nd World War, first moving for a holiday or evacuation to Professor Newark’s Ballycastle summer home; then to Ballywilliam, County Down, where he attended Donaghadee Primary for a year before returning to Brackenber.
The exciting arrival of John Craig occurred during this period, with his two huge, three-dimensional, topographical maps of Ireland.
James's years were full of fun in all organized sport, and staying on to play with whoever stayed on, rarely going home until everyone else had gone. He was soon climbing to the top of a chestnut tree every year and playing in and out of the air raid shelter when he wasn’t playing football in the playground.