WWI centenary: Facelift for John’s window

Commemorative WWI windows are being renovated for Batley Grammar School.
Commemorative WWI windows are being renovated for Batley Grammar School.
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A commemorative stained glass window placed by the father of a fallen WWI hero at Batley Grammar School has been taken down for renovation.

The colourful feature honours the sacrifice of old boy John Hanstock, who died from wounds in France in 1918, just shortly after leaving the school.

Commemorative WWI windows are being renovated for Batley Grammar School.

Commemorative WWI windows are being renovated for Batley Grammar School.

The window was put up in the old library during the 1930s. But since 2000, the feature – as well as another window positioned next to it – have been obscured by a classroom at the junior school part of the site.

Before this, they were exposed to the elements and had become worn.

The Batelians Committee, who help to fund school heritage projects, have overseen the renovation.

President Jonathan Storey, 33, of Bracken Close, Mirfield, said: “It’s a fitting and poignant memorial for him and the school as well.

“For all the old boys, when we have reunions, it’s something that’s a focal point in the school – and when they get it back up it will be even more of a focal point.”

After being cleaned up, it is hoped the window will grace a passageway with enough light and prominence to be appreciated by people of the school.

Last year’s WWI centenary anniversary was a motivation in getting the memorial window seen to.

“I think it’s ideal,” said Mr Storey. “It was discussed a couple of years ago. Members of the committee are happy with it and think it’s perfect timing.

“The guy who came to take the windows said that within 12 months they might have fallen out!”

The Batelians Committee funded this work through subscriptions and fundraising events.