Memorial for the crew of Wellington BJ606
shot down in Wintershoven, Belgium
On Sunday 15th October 2017, exact 75 year after Wellington BJ606 was shot down, near the town of Wintershoven in Belgium during World War ll, a memorial plaque was unveiled by the town. One member of the crew who lost his life that day was former Moseley pupil Sgt. Robert Bayley whose name appears on the memorial plaque in the school foyer.
Pilot Robert Bayley and his crew now has a memorial in the village where they died.
A local brass band played the last post during the unveiling which was attended by Colonel Bijnens from the Belgian Air Force, Tom Thijsen (Mayor of Wintershoven), Ils Camps (Master of Ceremony), husband and daughter from the Australian Ambassador, Ms Caroline Millar, Ms Millar herself and SLt Fred Warren-Smith plus a representative from the British embassy and Nicky Cooper who is the grand niece of the co-pilot Jack Johannesen.
John Bradshaw and Terry Carter talk to BBC WM Alex Lester
about The Birmingham Pals
John Bradshaw’s great uncle, trained at Moseley with the Birmingham Pals and lost his life at Polderhoek Chateau, just short of Passendale, on 9th October 1917. John went to Leper for the long weekend (6th - 9th October) so he could explore the area, establish the site of the events and spend part of the 100th anniversary on the spot. During the morning he did a short live interview on BBC Radio WM from the exact spot.
You can listen to the interview below.
BBC Radio 4 Profile
This summer, Former Moseley school pupil Moeen Ali has broken several cricketing records. He's become the first player ever to score more than 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four match Test Series
Mark Coles profiles the spin-bowler and batsman - who grew up in the Midlands, started playing the sport at a young age, and who has inspired today's England fans to chant about his facial hair.
An Urgent Plea For Help
As our membership approaches the 500 member mark the association is in good health. However... as with many organisations it is run by a few. Sadly those few have recently been reduced to fewer by the passing of three of our active members.
The few urgently need ex-students to come forward and take a place on the committee otherwise the association is in real danger of folding.
No special qualifications or abilities are required other than:
- Willingness to help
- Desire to maintain contacts with others from the school
- Willingness to offer two hours every two or three months to attend our organising committee
For more details contact Richard Cobb