Can you help Grantham King’s School with First World War project?

The memorial at King's School, Grantham, to former students who died in the First World War.
The memorial at King's School, Grantham, to former students who died in the First World War.

History students at the King’s School in Grantham are putting together a project on all those former pupils who died in the First World War.

It is hoped that an exhibition of all the research that has been done will be held next year to mark the centenary of the end of the war.

C.H. Doubleday (front row, far left), in a photo of the Newton House Rugby Team, King's School, 1906-07.  He served in the navy and died on June 11, 1916.

C.H. Doubleday (front row, far left), in a photo of the Newton House Rugby Team, King's School, 1906-07. He served in the navy and died on June 11, 1916.

The project is the idea of the head of history at the school, Kerry Milligan, who would like the help of anybody who may be related to the men or who has information about them.

Kerry said: “I came from a school in the south where they had already done this kind of research and so it was very personal to the school. Since I came to King’s four years ago I thought I would like to do this kind of research.

“I was hoping that if anyone in the community had any information they would be willing share or there were any relatives still in the area we could make it a more comprehensive commemoration and more community based. I was hoping to put together a small fact file on each man containing information on their life and their war service and if possible attach a photo to it.

“We have so far found two photos, one is of a pupil in a school photo in the Newton house rugby team of 1906-07 and the other is of a man in his army uniform.

Former King's School student James Leonard Brewitt who died December 1 1917, aged 23.

Former King's School student James Leonard Brewitt who died December 1 1917, aged 23.

“My idea started out as just a display in our history corridor but I’m thinking if I can make it a more community based project we could host an evening at the school in November 2018 to show people what we have found out.

“I have a number of pupils in school working on it and the archive team as well.”

In the school there is a stone memorial with the names of 45 students who sacrificed their lives in the war.

If any relatives or members of the community have photographs, stories or information they can give to the project they should contact Kerry at kerry.milligan@kings.lincs.sch.uk