You may remember the plaque in the library commemorating the Old Scholars who lost their lives in WWI. Two of these Old Scholars were Henry and Benjamin Skelton and we were delighted to be able to give the plaque to their niece Elizabeth Gaines who is also an Old Scholar (YG1956).
Recently the BBC appealed for World War One stories and objects for a planned special programme later this year. Elizabeth submitted a photo of the plaque along with letters written by her grandfather to his sister when he went over to France to the Military Hospital in Rouen in November 1918 where his son Benjamin was dying, having been wounded in action. He describes his death and subsequent military funeral at some length.
The BBC was particularly interested in Elizabeth's story as illustrating the fact that relatives were able to travel to France to be with wounded servicemen.
On 8th September they took her to France to take part in the filming of the programme which took place at the WW1 Military Cemetery at Etaples, the largest of them all with some 11,600 graves. As well as the letters, the BBC used an old family photograph and the two panels from the Walden War Memorial, to form a backdrop to the display.
We understand from Elizabeth that the programme is likely to be shown on the Sunday before Remembrance Sunday - 4th November - although the producer could not be absolutely sure of this, so make sure you tune in to watch or set your recorder!!