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First World War memorabilia appeal

09 January 2014

Towards the end of 2014 the school will be holding an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (FWW), specifically telling the story of Old Edwardians who were involved.

The exhibition, which will be held in the chapel, will tell the story of the involvement of Old Edwardians in the FWW from 1914-1918. A number of Old Edwardians and their relatives have already contributed memorabilia to the collection, for which the Archivist would like to express her sincere thanks.

Capt Frank Stockdale

The following provides a small insight into some of the stories which have been uncovered as a result of these donations. Gillian Walker has contributed a large collection of letters and documents relating to Pte T.F.P. Sanders (OE, pictured above) who was shot by a sniper during a wiring expedition and subsequently died in France on 20 April 1916. Margaret Faber has provided myriad medals, swords, documentation and photographs from her husband's collection relating to several OEs. Finally, Peter Turner (OE) has kindly lent a collection of letters and personal effects relating to Capt Frank Stockdale (OE, pictured right) who was killed in action on 19 September 1918, in Salonika.

The exhibition will provide an incredible opportunity for boys from the school to find out more about the impact the FWW had on former pupils of the school, and will also be a resource for local schools to bring their pupils to. There will be a number of days when the exhibition will be open to the public and we will be arranging a special event for Old Edwardians, details of which will be sent out later this year.