November 17th 2014


Cadets from The King’s School Grantham have participated in the Woodland Trust World War One Commemorative Project.

The Cadets, from the school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) planted a number of trees to commemorate the Centenary of the start of the first Word War.

Four Oak Trees were planted in the village of East Keal near their War Memorial.

This was to be one tree for each year of the War, in order to commemorate all who fell in the Great War in East Keal.

Contingent Commander Lieutenant Colonel OGG carried out some research of the names of the fallen on the War Memorial and found there were three brothers who died in the war, called Gibson. He then traced the Grandson of one of the Gibson brothers, Councillor Bob Garlant, and invited him to attend the tree planting event.

As some of the soldiers who fell, belonged to the Lincolnshire Regiment, it was felt the CCF should invite Soldiers of the Regiment that now has incorporated the Lincolnshire Regiment into their Regiment.

Three soldiers attended to help mark the occasion, Captain Charlie Monk, Corporal Cusick and Lance Corporal Hodge all of 2 Royal Anglian.  SSI Pulfrey also attended the event as the CCF’s Staff Sergeant Instructor.

Before the trees were planted Cllr Garlant, showed the Death Plaque that was sent to his Grandmother following the death of his Grandfather. The Cadets also then found his name on the War Memorial.

The trees were planted and all present remembered the words “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.” A wreath was laid.