From the BFMS Forum, July 2, 2009
‘Love is all,’ warbled Violet Elizabeth. The song announced the arrival of William Brown’s least favourite female acquaintance – although the spoilt and bullying, pompous and self-pitying Hubert Lane was in a higher league of the trials William faced.
Those who remember ‘Just William’, as he came to be known, will recall his sturdy defiance in adversity, his resignation to the thought that authority always gets it wrong, and, despite everything, his chivalry. Where there was a wrong, William Brown’s mission, and that of his little gang of followers, was to put it right. In fact, William, despite his despair at any onset of Violet Elizabeth, was carrying out the message of her off-key squeal. Love. Is. All.
William Brown was one of my role models in the 1940s. It didn’t get me made a prefect. Like William I had a dim view of ‘authority’. I still do. The world, like the dreary, stuffed-shirt, prejudiced and pompous adults he encountered, gets so much wrong and doesn’t listen.
Eventually though, William proves his point.
So will we. We campaign in a muddled and murky world, for truth.
Like my childhood hero.