Gresham's School in Wartime

We would like to invite people who have an interest in our WWI story to get in touch with us through the blog. Our sixth form researchers will be contributing their own experiences of the project to the blog and we hope to update the website as new material becomes available. If you have any relevant comments or contributions of stories or archive material we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to submit a blog entry, please email Liz Larby.

RAF Centenary - Gresham's WWI airmen

As part of the Centenary of the RAF a service of commemoration recently took place at Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade and spectacular flypast, involving 100 aircraft, over Buckingham Palace.  The RAF was formed from the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, fighting effectively in WWI from 1st April 1918 in support of ground forces over the Western Front. At least 18 of our OGs who fell in WWI were airmen, including four RNAS, many transferring from the Army to train as observers late in 1917/early 1918.  We have recently commemorated the lives of OG airmen Richard Rumsby, Douglas Wells, Alec Malcolm and Arthur Estcourt who all lost their lives a hundred years ago serving with the RAF.  Pictured below is Charles Douglas Wells.