Ian Thompson bequeaths his father's medals to the school

Captain Tony Thompson's (Hordle House 1926-1930) medals are presented to Walhampton.

Ian presenting his father's WW2 medals to Headmaster, Titus Mills Ian presenting his father's WW2 medals to Headmaster, Titus Mills

The school Remembrance service each year is a touching and meaningful occasion where we remember, amongst others, the nineteen Hordelians who are on our school memorial board. Each year the children read out the names of the former pupils who fought in World War 2 so that we can reflect and remember them.

 Thanks to the ‘Remembrance’ book, written by Tom Pearson-Chisman, the children and families of the school now know the biographies of each of the former Hordle House pupils. During his research Tom discovered that one of the men, Captain (Henry) Anthony ‘Tony’ Thompson, had a son, Ian Thompson. Ian has subsequently visited the school with Tom on several occasions and has been delighted by the warm welcome he’s received each time.

On attending the opening service of the Garden of Remembrance, Ian presented the school with a cutting of the plant that lies on his father’s grave in Normandy. It has been planted in the garden, accompanied by a plaque. A touching reminder of our school’s direct connection to the second world war.

However, we were even more moved by Ian’s most recent gift… On this Remembrance Day, Ian Thompson presented his father’s medals to the school, beautifully encased alongside a photo of Captain Tony Thompson. On behalf of Walhampton, Mr Mills warmly accepted the medals and thanked Ian enormously for the exceptionally kind gift. As part of our school’s heritage they will be truly treasured.