Museum donates WW1 letters written by former pupils to Gresham’s Archives

As part of the centenary commemorations of the Great War, Gresham’s School in Holt has been remembering the stories of ex-pupils and staff that died in the conflict one hundred years after their deaths.

An unexpected consequence of this commemoration has been the discovery of new material to add to the school’s extensive First World War Archive. A recent link has been established with the West Kirby Museum, as two Fallen Old Greshamians (OGs), Alec Herron and Eric Blackburn, came to Gresham’s from that town on the Wirral in Merseyside.

Heather Chapman from the West Kirby Museum recently visited Gresham’s to donate a collection of letters from OG Gray Blackburn. Gray, brother of Eric, fought in the First World War and was wounded but survived. Unfortunately he later died in the Second World War and his name is recorded on the Second World War memorial in Gresham’s Memorial Chapel. Gray’s letters were discovered in a skip in the 1980s and they form a significant addition to the School Archive. Gresham’s is extremely grateful to the West Kirby Museum and to Heather Chapman for the bequest.

Presentation of Gray Blackburn's letters

Presentation of Gray Blackburn’s letters

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