Hitchin museum gives First World War memorial a home

Jean Handley, author of Remembered with Pride and museum volunteer, Mary Prowse, from Hitchin Royal

Jean Handley, author of Remembered with Pride and museum volunteer, Mary Prowse, from Hitchin Royal British Legion, British Schools Museum curator, Andy Gibbs and George Prowse, from Hitchin Royal British Legion with the plaque - Credit: Archant

A memorial plaque remembering a First World War soldier has found a permanent home.

After attempts to trace the family of Edward Christopher Halsey, from Hitchin, who died aged 19 while serving his country, the plaque bearing his name has been given to the British Schools Museum in Hitchin.

The plaque has found a new home 20 years after being discovered in Berkhamsted and falling into the hands of the Hitchin branch of the Royal British Legion.

Museum manager Andy Gibbs said: “This was a really remarkable discovery and we are most grateful to the British Legion for donating the plaque to the museum.

“We intend to mount it alongside our memorial board to the former pupils of the school, upon which Edward Christopher Halsey is named.


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“The boys who came to this school were from humble origins and would probably be amazed to see their names remembered with pride here at the museum.

“This generous donation will help to ensure that they will always be remembered here in their home town.”

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