School’s World War I stories for new book

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A Sheffield author is working on the story of a city school’s contribution to the First World War – to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict next year.

John Cornwell, archivist at King Edward VII School in Broomhill, is researching information about the school and its former pupils’ role in the war.

He said: “I am particularly keen to find out more about five Old Boys who all survived the war.

“They were Major FA Neill DSO of the Royal Engineers, three Military Cross winners – RO Skeggs, Robert Oxspring and Reginald Mather – along with LG Fauvel, a cavalryman who later became a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

“The stories of the young men who died – many who had been at the school as late as 1916, even July 1917 – is extremely sad and poignant, but just as amazing are the war and post-war careers of those who survived.”

Anyone who can help should call John on 0114 2550851, or email johnccornwell@hotmail.co.uk