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  • 10/02/20

    Memorial Service - Squadron Leader Palmer DFC VC

    A memorial service commemorating Squadron Leader Palmer was held at St Peter and St Paul Church, Denton on the 75th Anniversary of the action over Cologne [on December 23rd, 1944] which not alone led to his death but also the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. The service was h...
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  • 10/02/20

    Battlefield December Trip

    No less than 96 students from Year 7 made the pilgrimage to the Ypres Salient on December 13th. The trip in two coaches requires much organising and involves having two tour guides – in this case Mr Broome and Mr Murphy. The long and lengthy day which included visits to Essex Farm Cemetery [Jo...
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  • 10/02/20

    Normandy Memorial Trust

    The History Society at the School has been striving these past few months to raise money for the Normandy Memorial Trust. Among the work done to raise money has been the biography of George Batts (which is selling well and is still available from the school at £15), the stalls at the Christmas...
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  • 10/02/20

    Battle of Britain Memorial Visit

    Some 90 Year 8 students visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in early February. The students in Year 8 are currently studying World War 2 so the visit was timely. 45 students travelled each day. The students enjoyed a guided tour of the site even if it was windy and quite cold...
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  • 08/11/19

    Book Launch At St John's

    St John’s Catholic School in Gravesend is very much involved in fund raising for the Normandy Memorial. The fund raising began last June and will continue over the coming months. Among the concepts to raise money was the creation of a biography of the Patron [of the Memorial], George Batts...
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  • 26/09/19

    CAPTAIN CECIL TUFF

    The School received an invitation to attend the rededication ceremony of Captain Cecil Tuff, Royal West Kent Regiment in May. Captain Tuff was killed in action on Hill 60 in April 1915. His identification details were lost and he was posted s missing in action. An unknown Captain, RWK lay buried in...
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  • 17/11/16

    Battle of Britain Museum Visit

    Battle of Britain Museum Trip An exploratory trip to the Battle of Britain Museum at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone took place on Tuesday, November 15th. Some 15 students accompanied by Mr Murphy and Mrs Buckingham arrived early at the site. The group were taken on an extensive tour of the site t...
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  • 10/11/16

    Denton Memorial Commemoration

    The History Society, St John’s School have been asked to take on the mantle of organising the annual Remembrance Service at Denton Memorial to remember the men of the Parish who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War. The Service, which will be attended by the Mayor of Gravesham Counc...
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  • 10/11/16

    Poppy Garden of Remembrance

    Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have been busy last term making free standing poppies. The poppies stand two feet or so high and are of a high quality. The first use of the 450 plus poppies was in the Inter-House Super-six event which Clare House won.
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  • 10/11/16

    Borough Remembrance Commemorations 

      An exhibition devoted to the work of the Merchant Navy will be open to the public this weekend at St Andrew’s Hall.  Organised by Andrew Marshall, who has collaborated enormously with the work of the History Society at the school, the work on show will feature drawings and poetry...
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  • 10/11/16

    Battle of Britain Museum at Capel-le-Ferne

    An exploratory tour of the Battle of Britain Museum at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone will be undertaken by 15 year 8 students on November 15th. This is quite a unique opportunity for these students as the visit will include a guided tour of the site, the Memorial, the Monument and Wall as wel...
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  • 10/11/16

    History Website

    November is an important month in the history calendar with such as Remembrance Day a particular focus. So it is not surprising that the History Society ensured that their website came fully online earlier this month. Our thanks to Gravesham Borough which sponsored the creation of the Website. Th...
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