The Darkest Day 03.12.14

On 13 May 1915 four Old Loughburians lost their lives fighting in the same trench during the Second Battle of Ypres: Corporal J. C. Needham, Lance Corporal W. F. Kent, Private H. A. Grudgings and Private L. J. Moir, all of the Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Over the last weekend in November, Messrs Alan Dossett and David Evans went on a  fact-finding tour to identify the precise location of the places of rest of three of these men:  sadly the remains of Private Moir  were not found and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial along with some 57000 other souls.  They also visited St George’s Memorial Church where we have recently placed a commemorative plaque to all those who fought in the Ypres Salient between 1914 and 1918.  The information gathered will be used in next year’s School Planner.

Mr Dossett is seen here at the nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate laying a wreath on behalf of all the boys and staff of LGS in honour of Private Moir and all 58 Old Loughburians who gave their lives during the Great War.  Mr Barrie Wakeling from Estates also laid a wreath on behalf of LGS, as well one for the village of Mountsorrel.

We will remember them.