Bury St Edmund student uncovers fascinating tale from World War One

Rosie Grant ANL-141203-161009001
Rosie Grant ANL-141203-161009001
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A County Upper School student who uncovered the fascinating tale of a musician in World War One while volunteering at a care home will be featured on ITV.

Rosie Grant, 15, is one of five winners of ITV Anglia’s School Report competition.

Entrants were invited to submit stories from World War One to mark the centenary of conflict’s outbreak.

Rosie uncovered the tale of John Cuninghame, who as well as serving with the Royal Air Force composed the chorus to the iconic song Pack Up Your Troubles.

Vicky Neale, headteacher of County Upper School, said: “We are extremely proud of Rosie’s success.

“She is a delightful young lady and it is typical of her that the inspiration for her entry should have come from her work as a volunteer.

“She combines her Duke of Edinburgh award with a range of other extra-curricular activities as well as an exemplary attitude to her studies.”

Rosie had been volunteering at The Martins Care Home in Bury St Edmunds as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.

While there, she met Mr Cuninghame’s daughter-in-law Dorothy Cuninghame.

Mrs Cuninghame told Rosie about her father-in-law who as well as flying aircraft over Germany during World War One composed the chorus to Pack Up Your Troubles.

The song is one of the most well-known of the wartime period.

Rosie carried out further research and submitted a written report that centred on Mr Cuninghame.

Her work was selected from hundreds of entries and will be featured on ITV Anglia later this summer.

The programme will feature an interview conducted by Rosie with Mrs Cuninghame at the care home.

As well as this, the home’s residents will perform a special rendition of Pack Up Your Troubles.