War Story - From Dagenham to Ypres

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War Story - From Dagenham to Ypres
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Glenn  Anderson
by Glenn Anderson from Dagenham GBR on 06 Nov 2014
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A film made by students at Eastbrook School that remembers World War 1 heroes from the borough will be shown as part of the Heritage Schools Showcase at the Broadway Theatre on 6th November.

The film, entitled ‘War Story’, charts a research project undertaken by Y10 Media students at the school. The main focus is the Gay family, early owners of the Eastbrook End farmhouse, who had four sons who served in the war.

Working with English Heritage, the students used local resources at Valence House and Dagenham Church to investigate the lives of Cecil and Frederick Gay, before following in their footsteps to Ypres and northern France.

Cecil survived the war and received the Military Cross for his gallantry in a phase of the Ypres offensive in 1917. Frederick, a reconnaissance pilot, was wounded in action and died on the 25th March, 1917, aged 19.

After continuing their research at the Flanders Field museum, the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot in Ypres, the students travelled to Frederick’s grave in Bruay, France, in order to pay their respects.

The project was part of a series of events undertaken by English Heritage to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1. Talia Angucho, one of the students who contributed to the film, said: ‘Visiting Belgium after studying war poems in English made it all the more realistic. It was quite upsetting visiting the war memorial sites and it makes you feel privileged and value life more as most of the soldiers died very young.’

The film can be viewed on Youtube. Search for ‘War Story Eastbrook School’ and select the 5 minute version.

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