The inspiring story of a head teacher turned war hero has been revealed by genealogists.

Almost 100 years ago, Captain Maynard Andrews relinquished his post as headmaster of Hipperholme Grammar School to serve his country in the First World War.

He was killed in action in Flanders in 1915 while heroically attempting to save his wounded men from enemy fire.

The school is celebrating his brave deeds on February 27 with a commemoration event and members of Captain Andrews’ family have been invited to attend.

Current head teacher Jack Williams said: “As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War we have been working with local genealogy experts to research Captain Andrews’ life and trace his family. Captain Andrews’ entire life story is full of inspiration.

“The rediscovery of his many accomplishments is the beginning of a project to contact former pupils and gather stories of their achievements after they left.

“We know there will be many more wonderful examples of feats and triumphs by our alumni which we are keen to hear about.”