Coalville – War Memorial plaque to be replaced at Newbridge High School pavilion

Published On: 13 November 2019

Memorial Plaque to be Replaced

A memorial to staff and scholars from King Edward VII School who died in World War I will be recreated and displayed in its former glory.

In 1923, it was reported in the Times that a sports pavilion at the site of the grammar school would be dedicated to the men and boys who lost their lives in the Great War between 1914 and 1918. It was paid for by subscription of the old scholars of the school.

The pavilion still stands, but the stone that bore the names of the fallen has unfortunately disappeared.

Luckily, with the permission of Newbridge High School, where the pavilion now stands, the King Edward VII Reunion Committee have been given permission to replace the former plaque on the pavilion with a new one, that once again bears the name of the lost soldiers.

Elizabeth Riding, who is a member of the committee, said: ‘With the invaluable help of Mr Michael Kendrick the names and service details of all of the students have been traced, and although we have endeavoured to find family relatives so far we have had no success.

‘As old scholars we are proud to honour our fallen and the plaque will ensure that their memory will never be forgotten.’

Taken from the Coalville Times, November 2019 and sent in by A. Murby



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