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Since 2009 the London based historian, Daniel Kirmatzis MA, an Old Boy of Emanuel School, Battersea, has been researching the role played by Emanuel alumni in the First and Second World Wars. From January 2014 to September 2014 he was a writer in residence at Emanuel School completing a 639pp fully illustrated book assisted by the Emanuel School archivist, Tony Jones. In November 2014 Daniel’s research will be exhibited at Emanuel School in what is expected to be one of the largest exhibitions relating to the experiences of any school’s alumni in the UK.
In November 2014 Emanuel School at War will be broadcast on BBC Radio London.
This blog is affiliated with the Imperial War Museum’s official First World War Centenary programme.
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Daniel would be interested in hearing from you if your relative attended Emanuel School and served in either of the world wars. If anyone is interested in the information on this blog then please leave a reply.
In 2009 Daniel published his first book: Biblicarta: The History of Emanuel School Boat Club
· Since 2009 research on Emanuel School alumni who served in the First and Second world wars for an exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
· Interviewed eight surviving veterans of the Second World War including: A Lieutenant In the Buffs, captured on Leros in November 1943 and subsequently made a POW; A Captain in the Royal Tank Regiment served in N. Africa and Italy, later appointed the regimental Colonel; A Private, who served in the Royal Artillery as both a signaller and gunner and who fought in North Africa and at Arnhem; A guardsman in the Welsh Guards who fought across Northern Europe including at Nijmegen; A Captain in the Royal Engineers who won the Military Cross in Medjez El Bab and who fought with the 8th Army in Italy; a Captain in the Indian Army, who fought in Burma; a Signaller in the Royal Artillery who served in the Far East and Gordon Murray, creator of the Trumptonshire Trilogy and who served with the Royal Corps of Signals at D-Day.
· Extensive archival research including at the Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, British Library and British newspaper library, reference libraries, regimental museums, First and Second World War grave sites.
· Contacted alumni to ask for information relating to their service experience and received a large collection of correspondence from individuals including a Cambridge lecturer who was a translator at Bletchley Park; a Conscientious Objector; a Captain in the Royal Artillery, evacuees, navy personnel and pilots who were involved in the post-war Berlin Airlift.
· Updating the School’s Pro Patria lists of over 1600 servicemen in time for the 100th anniversary of the First World War
· Finding all known graves and memorial inscriptions for Emanuel’s war fallen. Found nineteen alumni who were not included on the original School memorials.