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      A further two coronavirus cases have been confirmed at a Northumberland school.
      The new infections come within 24 hours of a staff member at St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington t esting positive.
      In addition, a "small number of pupils" are now self-isolating after coming into direct contact with the confirmed cases.
      In a letter to parents, headteacher Kevin Shepherd accepts parents will find the latest development "concerning".
      "We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England," he added.
      The letter was sent to parents on Thursday, a day after it emerged two members of staff were self-isolating.

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    • By johndawsonjune1955
      This is a story of an interesting coincidence. The other day we were discussing World War II. In the bitter struggle of 1914-18 and in wars long before that, the men of Bedlington did their part in the bitter battles. To see if we could find anything which might throw some light on this reference to the wars beyond 1914-18, I looked into the groups records and there was the interesting coincidence facing me - an account of four soldier sons of Mr. Will Corby, a sexton, of Bedlington. Anyone related to this family ? Just thought the forum members would find this interesting and post it.
      All four sons, Thomas, George, Robert and William, served with the Duke of Wellington's forces which fought the army of Napoleon in the Peninsular War (1808-1814)
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      As a result of his health failing, William was discharged from the Army, so that he was the only one of these four Bedlington brothers who lived to return to his native heath.
      On further research we find that Mr. Will Corby had a fifth son, John, who, however, lost a leg in his youth. John was never heard to bemoan the loss of his limb, except on the ground that the misfortune had prevented him joining the Army.
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