Family to Remember Fallen Hero


GV Davies

Members of the family of a fallen First World soldier will feature in a film to mark the centenary of the First World War in the Parish of Hope. Castell Alun High School students Teleri and Harvey are both descended for the family of Gunner George Vincent Davies who died as a result of a gas attack at Ypres during the First World War. The students will be joined by other family members who possess important artefacts related to the story of this soldier including a letter which he wrote shortly before he died and the medals which he never survived to wear. The film has been commissioned by Hope and Caergwrle Heritage and Conservation Society as part of the Parish of Hope War Stories Project which is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Film director Phil Hirst, who has been involved in the production of several films for the BBC and ITV, said

“It is important that young people are given the opportunity to connect with their past and with those who served and fell during the Great War. We are involving students from the school in an inter-generational element of the project.”

Speaking for Hope and Caergwrle Heritage and Conservation Society, David Healey said
“There has been a vast amount of public interest in this project and people are also looking forward to the booklet that will be produced as well. We are working closely with www.flintshirewarmemorials.com to ensure that those who fell in the Parish of Hope are remembered as more than names on stones.”

Mr Paul Edwards, Assistant Head of Castell Alun High School, commented:
“We are delighted that students are being offered the opportunity to take part in the film to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and look forward to seeing the final product.”