Peter's Remembrance Book

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February 12th 2021
10:43:44 AM
What is your name?  

Claire Young

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

My form teacher at The Middlefield School.

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I had the pleasure of having Peter Bradshaw as my form tutor between 1986 and 1990. He was such a likeable kind gentleman. And an excellent history teacher. I use to collect our form register for him daily. And on a school report. He wrote that I’d never kept him waiting in all those years. Such fond memories of Peter and what he did for the town.

   
December 17th 2020
02:10:38 AM
What is your name?  

Tony Dunlop

Where are you from?  

Batley in West Yorkshire

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Fellow WWI Local Historian - Collaborated on 1915 Morton Grymes Tragedy Story.

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I was greatly saddened and shocked to find that Peter had passed away in March this year. I led a WWI project in West Yorkshire which had the objective of remembering the men from Batley and Birstall who were lost in the Great War. The Morton Gymes Tragedy of 1915 was a significant part of our work during 2015. Through our research into the circumstances of the drowning of the seven young King\'s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Gymes I came into contact with Peter. We worked closely with Peter and two of the \'moments\' of our five year project came about through our work together. On February 19th 2015 we held a special service at the grave, in Batley Cemetery, of one of the soldiers lost. Around the grave were eight Wreaths. At the end of the service one Wreath was left at the Graveside and six others were taken from there to the graves of the other six men in Cemeteries in Dewsbury, Wakefield, Morley and Harrogate. The final Wreath was taken to St. Paul\'s Church in Morton for a service on Sunday February 22nd 2015. Over 20 people travelled from Batley to Morton and we were met by a Church that was full to capacity. It was a truly memorable week. Peter was a joy to work with and I know he was greatly regarded in his home area. I have now moved on to writing \'little books\' (A6 size) and have always planned on preparing one on the Morton incident. Today I set out to make contact with Peter again .... sadly .... but the book will be prepared and it will now be dedicated to his memory. Rest in peace, Peter ... we will remember you.

   
August 29th 2020
02:21:24 AM
What is your name?  

Linda Grocock

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Through the Heritage Association

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Peter helped a friend of mine discover the history of his grandfather who died in the Great War. My friend lives in Canada and his father and uncle were sent there by Barnadoes when his grandmother died and his grandfather fought in the War. The grandfather contracted Trench Foot and because he could not work when the war was over, he committed suicide by walking into the River Trent. Peter furnished my friend with a lot of details, and also sent other information. Peter also contacted the War Graves Commission to see if they would acknowledge my friend\'s grandfather\'s sacrifice. Peter always went the extra mile and was so good for Gainsborough with his enthusiasm and love of history.

   
August 26th 2020
09:13:25 AM
What is your name?  

Julie Brighton

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Teacher to my two sons. More recently involved in restoring a relatives WW1 headstone.

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A superb teacher, a lovely man and always helpful with family history. My two sons thought very highly of him.

   
August 26th 2020
07:55:22 AM
What is your name?  

Angie White

Where are you from?  

Sheffield

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Former colleague and friend from Middlefield School and later at Trent Valley Academy

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A sadly missed and much respected colleague and friend,a true gentleman.

   
August 4th 2020
11:19:09 AM
What is your name?  

Keith Ennifer

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Through the Heritage Centre & the Cemetery

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A truly lovely man. Sadly taken too soon.

   
July 31st 2020
02:42:29 PM
What is your name?  

Mark Binns

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Former pupil

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Was a great history teacher later became a great friend. Now with the soldiers you found . Rest in peace mate

   
July 31st 2020
02:12:05 PM
What is your name?  

Lee Robinson

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Pupil

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So sad writing this ,what a great teacher made me love history Mr Bradshaw, and proud to have won your history award twice. Rest in peace sir x

   
July 31st 2020
01:44:37 PM
What is your name?  

Paul Kemp

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Through the Heritage Centre and the Friends of the General Cemetery

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He was a great guy. I\'m glad I worked with him on the books and up at the cemetery. His work will be his legacy. Super kind gentlemen.

   
July 31st 2020
01:05:17 PM
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Hannah Charlotte Kate Preston

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Trent Valley Academy

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It seems silly but I found my old history book from when I was in year nine (which was final year at Trent Valley Academy) when I was sorting out some old things the other day. I stopped and had a read through and looking back he taught me some truly amazing things just in that year alone! He made history fun and he’s the main reason I chose it for GCSE! He was one of the most inspiring teachers at the Academy and it was a privilege to be taught by such an amazing man!

   
July 27th 2020
12:38:32 PM
What is your name?  

Carol Gardner

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Friend and neighbour

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Peter taught me at Middlefield Lane School many years ago, then became a good friend and neighbour in 2000, when I had my own family and moved next door. He taught my eldest at Trent Valley Academy, where he was such a passionate and dedicated teacher of history. We had the privilege of visiting Peter at his sister’s just before he passed away, where we shared a lovely meal and chatted for hours. He looked so well and was so positive, such a fighter and fought right until the end. Peter loved spending time at Dorothy’s and I know she will love to read all the kind words shared in Peter’s memory.

   
July 27th 2020
07:30:09 AM
What is your name?  

Michael and Carole Hatfield

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Colleagues from Middlefield and Trent Valley Academy

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We would just like to say that it was a privilege to be able to work alongside Pete for many years. He was an inspirational teacher, an honest and true friend and a true gentleman. He brought History to life for several generations of young people, and proved himself a true leader both of staff and students. We are proud to have known him and know his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the young ( and not do young!) people of this town. We are sad to have lost him,but happy to celebrate the joy and wisdom he brought to thousands of people over the years. He will be missed. But the great memories will linger for a very long time. Rest in peace, Mr Bradshaw.

   
July 27th 2020
07:06:28 AM
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Valerie Housham

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Its not very often that you meet and become friends with a truly lovely and remarkable person. I am proud to say that I had this privilege with Peter. RIP Peter xx

   
July 27th 2020
02:46:03 AM
What is your name?  

Gary cirket

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Yes

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Peter was a big inspiration on history for me. He was a great teacher. Understanding. He helped me out when I got bullied. And will remember that. I\'m just so pleased I managed to have a chat and catch up with him before he passed. Will be missed RIP

   
July 27th 2020
02:28:31 AM
What is your name?  

Linda Jones

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

From the Heritage Centre

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Peter was a hero in his own right, passing on the torch of remembrance to future generations in his informed and unassuming way and it was a pleasure to know him. I will be forever grateful for his unstinting efforts in finding my relative: Private William Henry Mobbs. I wish him peace on the other side.

   
July 27th 2020
01:48:05 AM
What is your name?  

Andrew Birkitt

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Through his role as a Teacher and the Heritage Centre

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I knew Peter for a great many years both through his role as a teacher to several of my children and as a volunteer from the early days at the Heritage Centre. Peter was an inspiration to many and an exceptional historian assisting a great number of families in researching their ancestor\'s roles in both wars but in the particular the Great War. He also aided many more families in getting their fallen ancestors recognised by the CWGC in order to have official headstones placed on many graves in the local cemetery (my own family included).

Peter was also an accomplished author, writing the most complete account of Gainsborough\'s role in the Great War covering as many of the soldiers as he could find information for. His knowledge on this subject was second to none and he was always quick to share his findings with any who were interested enough to talk to him even assisting others with research for their own publications.

Peter was much loved at the Heritage Centre as well, being there from the early days whether it be with a paintbrush in hand or laterly working in the Marshall archive, he was always there with a smile and ready to give a helping hand.

But more than just a colleague, Peter was a friend and I miss our regular chats on all sorts of things historically.

\"As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.\"

RIP my friend

   
July 27th 2020
01:33:44 AM
What is your name?  

Jane Robinson

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Colleague and friend

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Peter was a much admired colleague who gave me the opportunity and guidance to become a history teacher. I still use a Peter’s resources and books which he gifted to me upon his retirement. I messaged with Peter the week before his suffering ended he was still the same Pete upbeat and stoic. When I think of Peter I always picture his smile . A true gentleman and an inspiration. X

   
July 27th 2020
01:09:55 AM
What is your name?  

John Bradley

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Fellow volunteer at Gainsborough Heritage Centre.

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A good man, a great and sad loss, who is sorely missed.

   
July 27th 2020
12:33:52 AM
What is your name?  

Susan Barker

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Heritage Centre

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I met Peter while researching my grandad in the First World War. My grandma had been married to a soldier who died in the war before she married my grandad. I had an old family photo of a very young grandma with a soldier stood at her side. I never knew if this was grandad or her previous husband. Peter looked into the history of both men and was able to establish from his cap badge that the man in the photo was grandad. He showed me a picture and told me a little of grandmas first husband. He was then kind enough, without me asking, to post me cuttings of articles he had found about grandad. He had such an enthusiasm for his subject, I wish he had been my history teacher. RIP Peter.

   
July 26th 2020
02:51:21 PM
What is your name?  

Linda scott

Where are you from?  

Gainsborough

How did you know Peter Bradshaw?  

Teacher of my two children then I personally worked with Peter at both middies and TGA

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Peter was a great teacher and it was a privalage to have known him and also works with him.
He wad a true gentleman and will be greatly missed

   


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