Lest we forget

Former Mayor of Morpeth Alison Byard unveils a new roll of honour at the war memorial at KEVI School, with members of Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Picture by Alistair McCubbin
Former Mayor of Morpeth Alison Byard unveils a new roll of honour at the war memorial at KEVI School, with members of Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Picture by Alistair McCubbin

A new roll of honour has been unveiled at the war memorial at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, recording the names of men from the school who were given medals for bravery during the First World War.

The plaque is the result of a joint project between KEVI students and members of Morpeth Antiquarian Society, called Educated To Die, which researched the names of those recorded on the school war memorial.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project discovered a report of school military honours published in the Morpeth Herald of August 1, 1919.

Of the 13 men listed as receiving honours, only one, Captain JHC Swinney, was killed in action.

To commemorate these men, a new plaque has been attached to the war memorial and was unveiled last week by the former Mayor of Morpeth, Alison Byard.