‘Eight brothers went to fight in the Great War…only three returned alive.’
A Gifted and Talented trip to learn more about the Beechey family and the impact of war.
On Monday 10th November, 13 members of the G&T History club, accompanied by Miss Harrison, Mrs Griffin and Mr Taylor, attended a special event at Bishop Grosseteste University which focused on a Lincolnshire family who lost 5 of their 8 sons in World War One. The Beechey family lived in the village of Friesthorpe, near Lincoln, and are one of only 3 in the UK known to have lost so many sons in the war.
The main feature of the event was a talk by Michael Walsh, who, for two years, researched and wrote a book about the Beechey boys. He spoke in detail about the individual boys’ experiences in the war, and also read extracts from letters that they wrote back home to their family.
Preceding the talk, there was a ‘Lincoln at War’ exhibition, supported by the Lincoln County Council Archives, which featured First World War artefacts as well as a selection of the Beechey boys’ letters to their family, which are rarely shown to the public. There was also an opportunity for visitors to buy Michael Walsh’s book, ‘Brothers in War’, which he wrote about the Beechey boys’ experiences in the war. There was also the opportunity to have the book signed.
The trip was an interesting experience and a great opportunity to learn beyond the normal topic areas studied in GCSE History.
Joshua Hewitt, Year 11