General Sir Nick Houghton at St Peter's
Last night, St Peter's welcomed General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen, current Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces, as he delivered the inaugural Chavasse Memorial Lecture as part of the series 'Duty, Courage, Faith: The Chavasse Family in World War I'.
Speaking before a packed chapel, the General, who is a St Peter's alumnus (1977, History) and Honorary Fellow, delivered a talk entitled 'Lions Led by Donkeys', which examined the criticism often levelled at the military leadership during World War I and their portrayal in popular media. Sir Nicholas also offered his thoughts on leadership in the modern armed forces and spoke of the inspiration that figures such as Captain Noel Chavasse, twin brother of St Peter's first Master and the only man to win the Victoria Cross twice during the Great War, still provide.
The talk was followed by questions from the Master, Mark Damazer CBE, and members of the audience, which included numerous members of the Chavasse family, as well as representatives of the armed services, Trinity College, Magdalen College School, Peterites past and present, and members of the public.