Remembering alumni from WW1

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Pictured: School visitor Chris Zealley and Emma Styles (Development Officer) stood next to the school’s war memorial.
Colyton Grammar School welcomed Chris Zealley, the Nephew of the late Kenelm Zealley, to the school last week. Kenelm was a Colyton Grammar School boy from the late 1890’s (head master Mr Mermagon). Kenelm was son of John and Mary Zealley of Coles Mill, Colyton.

Kenelm attended the school when it was at St Andrews Church, Colyton. He was an architect and a well known member of the Axe Vale Music Society. He was an extremely talented violin and viola player, teaching many local students. Kenelm signed up to the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in 1915, he was posted to La Harve, France in November 1916. Within a few days they were sent to the front line at Beaumont Hamel. In early 1917 the Germans withdrew their front line in Somme area, during this time they captured an advanced position held by the HAC, Kenelm’s company were ordered to recapture but the well place machine guns killed 28 men, one of which was Kenelm. On the 1st of April 2017 will be the 100 year anniversary of his death.

Kenelm’s family are extremely proud of his talents, efforts and bravery. Chris visited the school to meet with the head teacher and Director of Music. In light of this and the other 10 CGS boys who died in WW1 the school are a memorial concert on Saturday 1st April at St Andrews Church Colyton. This special hour long concert will feature mainly violin and piano pieces of the period.

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