Armistice remembered at special event at Kingsley School - The Leamington Observer

Armistice remembered at special event at Kingsley School

Leamington Editorial 18th Nov, 2018   0

KINGSLEY School in Leamington held a special event to mark the Armistice.

The school community was invited to share the stories of their ancestors during ‘Kingsley Remembers’.

Stories of experiences from the Western to the Macedonian Front featured in the event presented by BBC military historian Jon Cooksey.

Kingsley grandparent Jeffrey Vereker spoke of his father’s first cousin, John Vereker 6th Viscount Gort, a celebrated senior British Army officer who was decorated with the Victoria Cross for his actions in the conflict.

He had a distinguished military career, and is most famous for commanding the British Expeditionary Force sent to France in the first year of the Second World War, which was evacuated from Dunkirk.

Parent Claire Talbot spoke of her ancestor Harold Walter Thurman, who sadly died of his injuries within a month of the end of the First World War.

Visit to hear seven of the stories.

The event also featured musical and literary performances and readings by pupils, and finished with a performance of The Last Post by Gemma Hotchkiss.

Pupils also created a display of poppies on a First World War uniform, led by head of design Claire Dempsey, and participated in a variety of themed lessons throughout the week.

And they got a true taste of the Great War as the kitchen cooked up an ‘Armistice Menu’, serving inspired stews and cakes in a trench inspired dining hall.

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