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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School


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 Oostaverne Cemetery near Ieper/Ypres since World War 1. Due to the dedicated work of local historian Martin Stoneham – the unknown Captain was identified as Captain Cecil Tuff. He sent the necessary paperwork to both the CWGC and the Ministry of Defence War Graves Identification. He also supplied a lot of the information on the Tuff brothers in Volume 3 of the Windmill Hill Book. He was able to resubmit the paperwork to the CWGC via Victoria Wallace [director] when she attended the Volume 3 launch. So we were party to the process!

St John’s School was known to everyone that was there yesterday and Mr Murphy’s (who represented the school) presence was no surprise; the special St John’s School cross went down very well. The cross was made by Mr James Ambrose, DT Department.