Great War’s toll on school

The story is about to be told of the toll of the Great War on King Edward VII School in Sheffield.

Ninety Old Edwardians, including half the 1913 cricket team and five former head prefects, died in the First World War. Two staff also lost their lives.

A book, Hear Their Footsteps, recalls the school at that time, the casualties and those who survived.

It is written by John Cornwell, former chair of governors, who describes the facts as “harrowingly sad and poignant”.

The book will be launched at the Upper School in Glossop Road on Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm.

There will be readings and reminiscences of relatives of servicemen who were at the school before 1914.

Admission is free and the book will be on sale on the night (£5).