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New flag to celebrate the life of TB Davis flown for the first time

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A NEW flag commissioned to celebrate one of Jersey’s greatest philanthropists was flown at Victoria College for the first time yesterday.

The new flag flying above Victoria College

The flag flew from the school’s western tower to mark the 151st anniversary of the birth of TB Davis, a renowned Jersey businessman who donated Howard Davis Park to the Island and was a great supporter of Victoria College.

It features a white cross on a red background, the reverse of the Jersey flag, which TB Davis flew on his famous J class yacht, the 41-metre schooner Westward.

Victoria College, which still runs a bursary fund he set up to help students who want to attend the college, will fly the flag every year to mark his birthday.

Headmaster Alun Watkins said: ‘This flag is being flown in recognition of his great and enduring generosity towards the school, and indeed the Island as a whole, and is a reminder of one of the great historical figures who had a significant impact on Jersey life.’

The school’s Howard Davis Hall was just one of the gifts that Davis left to the Island in memory of his son Howard, who was fatally injured in the Battle of the Somme. It was created to house a portrait commissioned by the philanthropist of his friend, King George V.

The businessman, who made his money in the South African stevedoring industry, is also responsible for setting up the Howard Davis Farm Trust for the benefit of agricultural and environmental endeavours.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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