There is a rather special item on display in the Exhibition Room. A First World War, George V, 1897 pattern Infantry Officers sword, that belonged to Brett Mackay Cloutman, OB and the last Victoria Cross recipient on the Western Front. (At the moment on loan, from Mike Horton OB Swifts, 1964, more news on that at a later date.) It has been cleverly mounted with its field service scabbard. Thanks for this must go to Keith Goddard.
The Norman Wilkinson prints are now on permanent display in the Exhibition Room and the display cabinet shows off the schools’ medal collection magnificently. These items were put up and out in time for the OBs A.G.M.
On Friday 1st July the school will be holding an orchestral screening of ‘The Battle of the Somme’, as part of the 475/WWI commemoration.
Lt.Francis Maurice Taylor OB, was killed carrying back a wounded soldier in the face of terrible machine gun fire. The date was 16th July, 1916 and he was just nineteen years old. His story will be told as part of the event and the researcher from Summerstown, London, who had contacted the archive for information, will hopefully be joining us for the evening. Recent research and video filming from a group of Year 10 boys will also feature on the night.
Other visitors to the school and archive will be the Fisher family who are travelling to the U.K. from Australia in July, to tour their Grandfather’s school and see his name on the WWI Roll of Honour. Leonard Haigh Brigg was killed on active service, 20th October, 1918.
Cataloguing continues apace and I’m sure there will be plenty of artefacts and papers to add to the archive after the 6th May. The 211th enquiry has popped into my inbox this morning and projects within school continue to need information.