Former student who died in Falklands War to be remembered at Corby school

A plaque has been unveiled at Lodge Park in memory of Alex Shaw
A plaque has been unveiled at Lodge Park in memory of Alex Shaw

A lasting tribute to a former student who died more than 30 years ago in the Falklands War has been unveiled at his old school.

Craftsman Alex Shaw of The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attended Lodge Park Academy in Corby in the 1970s.

It is clear that Alex was a very brave individual, displaying all the qualities that we value so highly here at Lodge Park

Alison Hayes

But on June 13, 1982, just hours before the Argentines surrendered in the Falklands, he was one of the last individuals to lose his life.

The school now has a permanent tribute to the former student and it is hoped Alex’s courage and determination will be an inspiration for pupils at the school.

Alison Hayes, principal at Lodge Park Academy, said: “It is clear that Alex was a very brave individual, displaying all the qualities that we value so highly here at Lodge Park.

“His courage and determination is something that I hope all of our students can look up to and learn from.”

As part of the ceremony to officially unveil the plaque, the academy’s Combined Cadet Force greeted his family in their military uniforms.

Alex’s sister, who also attended Lodge Park, was invited to say a few words at the ceremony.

Mrs Hayes added: “We will be displaying the plaque in the reception area.

“It is the heart of the academy and means that it will be seen by all our staff, students and visitors so that Alex’s memory will live on here at Lodge Park.

“As an academy we are very proud of our links with the armed forces and I am honoured that Alex’s family were able to join with us to remember such a highly regarded student.”