TVA history group leader given top award by Lincs High Sherriff

Trent Valley Academy teacher Peter Bradshaw with High Sheriff of Lincolnshire John Burke
Trent Valley Academy teacher Peter Bradshaw with High Sheriff of Lincolnshire John Burke

A Gainsborough teacher and leader of a local history group and initiative has been recognised for the vital contribution he makes to his local community.

Trent Valley Academy teacher Peter Bradshaw received the High Sheriff Award for the extraordinary work he has done in honouring local soldiers, as well as bringing history to life for the children of the school.

Mr Bradshaw, 54, was nominated for the award by Wendy Carrick, former Principal of TVA.

“Peter has dedicated himself to bringing history alive for the young people he teaches whilst also tirelessly researching the First World War, with particular reference to soldiers from Gainsborough,” said Mrs Carrick.

“He is valued and trusted, and always goes the extra mile to enrich the lives of his students and the community in Gainsborough, bringing people together to work on projects to further their understanding and historical perspective.”

He organises the annual School trip to the Battlefields in France and Belgium, as well as undertaking his own historical research into local soldiers.

Peter’s extensive research enabled 10 graves of local soldiers to be accepted as war graves, as well as encouraging specialist commemorative headstones to be erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

He also played a key role in restoring a number of headstones of Royal Flying Corps Officers.