Hunton teenager with heroic relative to appear in Remembrance documentary

Grace and mum Rachel Morris during filming at Fulham Library.

A Hunton teenager will appear in an ITV documentary on Remembrance Day after discovering she had a heroic relative.

Grace Morris, a year 10 student at Richmond School, discovered her great, great, great uncle was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915 while doing her history homework.

The 14-year-old found that Edward Dwyer received the honour after singlehandedly fighting off German infantry, at the infamous Hill 60 in the battle of Ypres, by hurling countless hand-grenades to protect his trench.

ITV has commissioned Britain’s Poppies: The Great War Remembered, which is a one-hour documentary, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Working with 1418 NOW, the charity behind the Poppies project, ITV tracked down some of the poppy owners to hear the emotional and inspiring stories behind their symbol of remembrance and reflection.

Grace’s family had bought one of the ceramic Poppies from the Tower of London’s installation to commemorate Private Edward Dwyer.

Grace travelled with mum Rachel to Fulham, where Edward Dywer came from, to be interviewed and filmed for the documentary, spending a morning with the presenter Sean Bean, producer and film crew.

They visited Fulham Memorial Park where there is a carved flagstone in remembrance of Edward, who was killed in action in the push of the Somme in 1916.

Grace Morris and mum Rachel visiting the carved flagstone at Fulham Memorial Park.

They also went to the local library to see a bronze memorial plaque which was kindly funded by the local schools and community in 1918, after the then mayor had refused to honour Edward’s bravery.

ITV even created a replica of Edward’s Victoria Cross for them.

Grace said: “It was really fascinating to see how all the filming was put together and how we had to refilm some parts from several angles.

“It was also very interesting to go to the library and find the flagstone in the park, as I hadn’t been to Fulham before.

“I never expected such an amazing opportunity to come off the back of simple piece of history homework.

“It’s been an emotional and surreal experience and one I definitely won’t ever forget. One day I really hope to visit his grave at Flatiron Copse Cemetery in Mametz.”

The very first installation of ceramic poppies saw 800,000 planted at the Tower of London in 2014 – one for every British and colonial life lost during the Great War.

These were subsequently sold to members of the public and have travelled as far afield as Australia, India, Africa and the USA.

Others have been taken to war graves in France and Belgium in memory of fallen relatives.

Sophia Mawer, head of history at Richmond School, said: “The students all enjoyed learning about the First World War and were able to make History come alive by finding out about their relatives’ experiences.

“When Grace was set the research homework, we never imagined that such a poignant and thought-provoking story would be discovered and especially to find a relative who was given a Victoria Cross.

“It really is a wonderful and unique story and we are delighted that it will be shared on national television.”

The documentary’s producer has advised that Grace has a starring role in the programme, which is scheduled to be broadcast on ITV at 9.30pm on Remembrance Sunday.