History’s not a mystery to quiz kid Sam

Bede Academy student Sam Bexton with his Royal British Legion award.
Bede Academy student Sam Bexton with his Royal British Legion award.
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A STUDENT has proved to be an expert in the field after almost outdoing a military historian in a quiz about the First World War.

Sam Bexton, a pupil at Bede Academy in Blyth, scored just two points fewer than Derek Gladding, treasurer of the north Northumberland branch of the Western Front Association, in a test of knowledge designed to raise awareness of the armed forces past and present.

Organised by the Royal British Legion, the quiz was run in schools all over Northumberland to mark the organisation’s 90th anniversary.

Sam’s score of 80 per cent won him a mention in dispatches.

The 14-year-old was presented with a certificate by Western Front Association branch secretary David Easton and legion branch secretary Les Slater.

Les said: “The quiz was extremely difficult, and Sam has done unbelievably well.

“His score is outstanding and only two marks less than our military historian managed.”

History teacher Caroline Park said: “We want the students to appreciate that the legion isn’t just about remembering the dead. It’s also about helping the living.”

Sam said: “I was really surprised to get the top score in the region. My dad was in the forces, and it is something which interests me. I would like to serve my country one day, but on the football pitch, in goal, playing for England.”

Fellow academy students Katherine Finnemore, 13, and Georgia Baston, 14, also received certificates for their quiz scores.