Stamford School Invite French Consul to Commemorate WWI Soldier
On Tuesday 30 September 2014 the Stamford Schools welcomed M Olivier Chambard, the Consul Général de France à Londres, to remember the sacrifice made in WWI by a former French student of the School.
M Chambard visited Stamford to help the schools commemorate the life and sacrifice of Victor-André Grivel, a former Stamford School pupil, of French nationality, who died in the First World War. Before a chapel service M Chambard toured Stamford School and enjoyed lunch in the Stamford School Museum with, amongst others, the Headmaster and a number of A-level French students. M Chambard spoke of his gratitude that the Schools had recognised one of his countrymen. He also spoke of the special relationship between France and the UK particularly in times of war. He then laid a wreath near Victor-André Grivel’s name on the chapel’s WW1 memorial board.
Rachael Petrie, the schools Foundation Director said “It was an honour and a privilege to welcome M Chambard to the Schools. We hope that we paid a fitting tribute to Victor-André Grivel who was one of 53 Stamford School boys and masters who fell in WW1. We are very grateful to M Chambard for taking the time to come to Stamford and to participate in this special service of remembrance.”