On Friday 10th November 2017, the school held its annual Remembrance Service to remember the people that fought, or are fighting, for us in war and the people that gave their lives to protect their country.
The school invites ‘Old Edwardians’ every year to its Remembrance Service. The ‘Old Edwardians’ are ex-students of King Edward VI High School, and they are people who have experienced war or had close family or friends fight in war.
Two students from King Edward VI High School interviewed the ‘Edwardians’, to learn about what their experience of the war was. When one of the ‘Edwardians’, who was 85 years of age, was interviewed, we were told that: school life was enjoyable and he was seven years of age when the Second World War (WW2) broke out, and that he had two brothers and one sister. He also told us that they were never short of food as his family had an allotment, so they grew their own food. He then told that his first job after he left school was a shop in Stafford. The former student also told us that his father fought in both World Wars. He also told us that he became a Royal Air Force (RAF) jet engineer after the Second World War and that he had a brother, Sergeant A.H. Dingley, who was his older brother that was pilot. Unfortunately, his brother passed away fighting for his country. This is why the student that we interviewed, was very thankful to our school for holding this memorial service; to thank the people that have died, have suffered or have been injured from wars.
Report by Matthew Arthur and James Tincknell