Gordon Hewitt Yarlet School Photo

Four current Yarlet pupils had the privilege of meeting an Old Yarletian today. Sophie and Freddie, Head Boy and Head Girl, were accompanied by Monty and Annabel from Form 2 on a special visit to see Mr Gordon Hewitt at his home in Stone. Gordon was a pupil at Yarlet and left in 1932 aged 13. He is pictured here alongside his brother in a Football team photo which still hangs in the hall at the school. Mr Hewitt will be celebrating his 100th Birthday tomorrow and the children took him gifts and a card signed by all the current pupils at the school. They were astounded about the number of cards that he has already received but he is yet to receive one from the Queen!

The children were very interested to hear about Mr Hewitt's experience during World War 2 and were saddened to hear that he lost both his brother and his best friend, both OYs, in the same war. On returning to school they took the opportunity to visit the school chapel and find the names of Mrs Hewitt's brother and friend, R Stubbs, on the remembrance plaque. Both men, along with other OYs that lost their lives in the Great War and World War 2, are remembered each year in the Yarlet remembrance service and a wreath is laid in their memory by the Head Boy and Head Girl. This year's service will be especially poignant for Freddie and Sophie having met Mr Hewitt.