On Thursday January 29, Ranelagh welcomed Councillor Chris Turrell and author Andrew Radgick who presented copies of Mr Radgick’s new books, Bracknell’s Great War Fallen, to the school. The three volumes chart the experiences of the local men who served in the First World War, accompanying information about their family background and life before and during the war with letters and eye-witness accounts.
Mr Radgick addressed Year 11s in their morning assembly. He spoke about the contributions made by the Ranelagh alumni who fought and died in the Great War and shared anecdotes about the local history including The Belgian Arms pub in Holyport. Originally named The Eagle, German prisoners of war from the camp up the road would salute the sign on their daily exercise march. The pub promptly changed its name and sign to the section of the Western Front where the allies were having the most success at the time.