Student masterminds poignant video about Wycliffe soldier to mark Remembrance Day

November 10, 2016 11:02 am

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Brendan Ind has won a national competition to create a series of history videos.

The winning video, called Two School Boys and the Great War, will be released to mark Remembrance Day. Whilst at Wycliffe Preparatory School, he was named the overall winner in the national history-based competition, called MY EPIC ERA, run by Squaducation.

Over the summer, Brendan, now at Wycliffe College, and his classmate Ben Matthews worked with the 60 Second Histories team to write, direct and star in their own series of 60 second history films based on their entry.

Now the films are now available as a free to view resource that can be used by schools throughout the country and inspire more young people to dig deeper into history. Brendan, from Nailsworth, said he was surprised but delighted to win.

“I really enjoyed working on the script. My friend Ben and I acted it out for the videos,” said Brendan.

He wrote about former Wycliffe pupil Len Gammidge.

“He was in the same house as I was at Wycliffe Prep and I found it amazing to write about his life. He died on September 25, 1915, the first time he went over the top,” said Brendan.

Steve Arman, Head of History at Wycliffe Prep, said: “As a teacher, I wanted the pupils to research, interpret and write ‘the lost story’ of Old Wycliffians from our school, who fought in the World War one.

“Winning the competition has, without doubt, brought their stories completely to life. Making these ’60 second’ history films, will be a memory they will never forget and as a result will hopefully enthuse them to see the personal stories of people from the past, who have lived through a diverse set of historical events and social settings.

“Following on from the pupils research into these soldiers’ lives and the writing of their stories, which was an undertaking in itself, the making of ’60 second histories films’ has to be the best way to truly understand what these men went through.”

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