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Bablake School and the Great War
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Bablake School and the Great War (Paperback)

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With the outbreak of War in 1914, many of those who had been pupils or members of staff at Bablake in the years leading up to the declaration of war enlisted. The Cadet Corps had already been formed giving those involved an appreciation of military training. Staff and pupils from the Cadet Corps naturally moved from playing soldier to the real thing. Coventry was a centre of munitions' production and most admirable efforts were made in assisting in the production of shell cases for munitions and pupils also attended local war factories to render help. Collections enabled comforts to be sent to the serving Old Boys and one of the school's soccer pitches was turned over to growing produce.Throughout the war the school endeavoured to carry on as usual; Christmas concerts were still held, the main difference being the attendance of wounded soldiers. Sports continued during the war and reports took on a new flavour making reference to military terminology: footballers needed "heavy artillery" and cricketers need to "reconnoitre" the ground. In the four years of the war 867 Old Boys and staff served, 96 of these fell.

The school war memorial was dedicated on the 10th February 1921 as a constant reminder to the "greatest act of devotion which Bablake has ever recorded". This book explores the school's role during this pivotal period and traces the stories of those who died in the Great War.

EducationEducation TheorySchoolsHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Upfront Publishing Publication Date: 07/03/2007 ISBN-13: 9781844264278  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Trevor Harkin lives in Earlsdon, Coventry with his wife and two children. After leaving Secondary School, he furthered his education at Coventry University initially achieving a Batchelor of Engineering and furthered this with an MBA in Management and an MSc in Automotive and Automotive Component Manufacture. He then wrote several articles on Knowledge Management and performance metrics which appeared in Engineering periodicals. Having completed his studies, he began researching his family tree and found on his Mother's side that his Grandmother lost three uncles in the Great War and on his Father's side his Great grandfather served all the way through the war, although he never spoke about his experiences. On a visit to Coventry's War Memorial Park he noticed the plaques dedicated to those who fell during WW1 and WW2 and set about researching the plaques and started a web page Following a local appeal for information an article was shown in an assembly at Bablake School at which his nephew, Alex Hoare was in attendance. This started a dialogue with Bablake School and he promptly added the names of the Bablake fallen to his list of men to research. Trevor has contributed articles to a local magazine 'The Earlsdon Echo' and a number of his articles have featured in local newspapers, 'The Coventry Telegraph' and 'Coventry Observer'.Where time permits he has also assisted relatives of the Fallen and those who have expressed an interest in soldiers from Coventry. This is his first book and further work is nearing completion on Coventry's War Memorial Park.

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