Poppy factory visit
2nd June, 2014
Today our IV Forms boys went on a visit to Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh. This is a part of the School’s commemorations for the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. We were given a tour of the factory by some former servicemen and saw them making all the different kinds of poppies, as well as some wreaths. The tour ended with boys making some poppies of their own.
While we were there, Angus noticed a photograph of the grave of VL Strudwick, who died on 14th January 1916, aged 15 years old. Until recently, he was believed to have been the youngest British soldier to die on the western front. Thanks to some research that had been done by his family, Angus immediately recognised him as Valentine Strudwick. We are currently looking into whether there is any direct family connection between Valentine and Angus himself.