School reunited with book after 100 years

Margaret Miller hands over a 100 year old book owned by her uncle John Eric Hall Miller to Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College at North Shields and she is joined by Researcher Linda Green (left) and Jon Vincent-College Principal and Chief Executive.'REF 2309139090
Margaret Miller hands over a 100 year old book owned by her uncle John Eric Hall Miller to Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College at North Shields and she is joined by Researcher Linda Green (left) and Jon Vincent-College Principal and Chief Executive.'REF 2309139090

A 100-year-old book given to a First World War hero when he left school has been returned as a permanent tribute.

John Eric Miller joined Tynemouth Municipal High School in 1909 and was given the book of popular sayings when he left in 1913.

But just three years later, the article clerk at a local solicitors was shot and killed by a sniper in Ypres, aged just 19.

The book – featuring an inscription from the headteacher wishing him luck in the future – has been handed to the school, now Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, after it was found by his niece Margaret Miller while she was clearing out her house.

After receiving help from the Tynemouth World War I Commemoration Project to trace her relative’s history, she handed the book over to college chief executive Jon Vincent on Monday, where she was able to see her uncle’s name on the school’s Roll of Honour.

Miss Miller said: “I came across the book at home and realised it had been presented at this school so thought I’d return it.

“It’s come home.

“I didn’t know my uncle, he died long before I was born, but I knew he had been in the war and killed.”

Mr Vincent said: “It’s incredibly poignant. We’re going to find a lovely place to put it for everyone to enjoy.”