Willaston Heritage Great War Project

Neston High School Students go to Eton and Oundle

These two prestigious public schools were visited by sixth form students from Neston High School as part of the Willaston Heritage Great War Project. Of the 34 names on the village War Memorial it has been established that the officers went to leading public schools. Prior to the outbreak of the war Lt Lonsdale was a student at Eton College while Lt Gonner went to Oundle School. Both these officers had lived in the village at the outbreak of, or during, the war.

Lt Gonner of Oundle

The Willaston Festival Heritage sub-committee have researched the background of the WWI fallen on the War Memorial. The committee was determined to ensure that they are not just names but are appreciated as villagers who left behind families and ways of life very different from our own.

Both Eton and Oundle had archive material so it was possible for the Neston students to examine notes about these men written more than a 100 years ago.

Oundle showed cine film taken in 1911 of the school’s Sports Day and the boys parading through the town. The Neston students visited the church built to commemorate the Oundle men who never returned. At Eton they were able to see the plaques listing the many names of student causalities.

Eton had much archive material including the Head Master’s register which every pupil signed when entering the College.

Lt Gonner of Oundle