Sleaford school receives Great War records of fallen pupils

An amazing file of historic material has been handed over to a Sleaford school this week in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

Mark Bamford, chairman of Sleaford Museum with John Dale, who with his sister, Linda Bayley have carried out an incredible amount of research, essentially from the Sleaford Gazette, into the lives of the former William Alvey boys,  many who would have actually stood on the spot where this photo was taken and who went on to fight and die in the First World War. They are commemorated on the Project 72 memorial at the front of the school. John presented the school with an expanded record of the Project 72 fallen which includes, personal letters to and from the front as well as letters of condolences from the officers the men were serving under in France.
John and Linda have also made a similar  file for Mark Bamford but for all the old ‘Sleaford Boys’ who suffered a similar fate. 
Pictured with headteacher Stephen Tapley (centre), Natalie Mason (History Co-ordinator) and Trish Whitt (School Archivist). EMN-200611-125439001
Mark Bamford, chairman of Sleaford Museum with John Dale, who with his sister, Linda Bayley have carried out an incredible amount of research, essentially from the Sleaford Gazette, into the lives of the former William Alvey boys, many who would have actually stood on the spot where this photo was taken and who went on to fight and die in the First World War. They are commemorated on the Project 72 memorial at the front of the school. John presented the school with an expanded record of the Project 72 fallen which includes, personal letters to and from the front as well as letters of condolences from the officers the men were serving under in France. John and Linda have also made a similar file for Mark Bamford but for all the old ‘Sleaford Boys’ who suffered a similar fate. Pictured with headteacher Stephen Tapley (centre), Natalie Mason (History Co-ordinator) and Trish Whitt (School Archivist). EMN-200611-125439001

John Dale and his sister Linda Bayley, have been researching old Sleaford Gazette reports on the 72 former William Alvey School pupils who died in the First World War.

It was presented for the school’s Armistice Service when Mark Bamford from Sleaford Museum also attended having assisted in the research.

Headteacher Stephen Tapley explained: “We have simple war records for most of the children who went on to fight and then unfortunately die in the First World War, but John has found much more personal, interesting and intimate records.”

Mr Tapley said they have carried out an incredible amount of research into the lives of the former William Alvey boys.

They are commemorated on the Project 72 memorial at the front of the school.

John presented the school with an expanded record of the Project 72 fallen which includes, personal letters to and from the front as well as letters of condolences from the officers the men were serving under in France.

John and Linda have also made a similar file for Mark Bamford, but for all the old ‘Sleaford Boys’ who suffered a similar fate.