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    A Tribute to the Fallen of Ruislip

    The story of a collaboration between Ruislip Residents' Association and the students of Bishop Ramsey.

    In 2014 Mrs Midgley of Ruislip Residents’ Association approached Bishop Ramsey School with the idea of a community project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Together with Miss Neal, the School’s Senior Librarian and Mr Jeffries, History teacher and responsible for Gifted and Talented students, Mrs Midgley discussed several ways to mark the anniversary. It was decided to create a commemorative book of the men whose names appear on the Ruislip War Memorial. The project was compiled by the Year 7 (now Year 8) gifted and talented students. Each student researched a name that appears on the memorial.  Two pages were dedicated to each man and contain information about his life, a picture of their grave and in some cases a picture of the war memorial or cemetery. For those who had no known grave, pictures of the memorials on which their names appear and a memorial scroll are included. A few are buried in St Martin’s churchyard.

    The in-depth project has taken nearly a year to complete. On Friday 16th January the completed commemorative album was presented to the Mayor, Councillor Catherine Dann, at Manor Farm Library, Ruislip by the students and staff of Bishop Ramsey.  The presentation ceremony was also attended by the Mayoress, Mrs. Rita Kilroy and members of Ruislip Residents’ Association.

    Mr.Jeffries and Miss Neal both spoke of their involvement with the project and one of the students explained what it had meant to the students researching the local brave young men who had sacrificed their lives for their country; she made the point that they had died to give them the freedom they still enjoy today. Two students then presented the album to the Mayor who received it on behalf of local people. The ceremony concluded with a minute's silent reflection to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The album will be on public display at Manor Farm Library for several months. We hope that local residents and the students and parents of Bishop Ramsey will take the opportunity to view it.