The photograph above shows the Book and Casket on the school balcony.
After the closure of the school the Book and Casket were housed in St Mary’s Church, Waterloo Park, where a special Service was held on the Sunday following the Old Boys’ Dinner after the morning church service each year. This continued until 2017 when problems with the church building meant that it would no longer be possible to keep the Book and Casket there.
The Book and Casket then moved to Christ Church, Waterloo (see picture below).
Our first Service at Christ Church was on Sunday 3rd December 2017.
Due to the Covid pandemic the service ceased in 2020, and with decreasing numbers we decided to cease holding the Memorial Service.
This decision was made easier due to the school refurbishment, and their request to display some of our archive material. The Memorial Casket and Book of Remembrance are now back at the school for all to see.
The photograph below was taken after the service on 2nd December 2001.
The brief Service was taken by Rev. W Pierce, an Old Boy and a Past President of the Association. During the course of the Service the names of those listed in the Book are read out by a number of Old Boys. The Casket used to be housed on the balcony in the School and every Monday morning during term-time the Duty Prefect would turn a page during the course of the morning assembly.
A special Remembrance Service would be held the on 11th November or the school day closest to that date. At the Service the President of Old Boys’ Association and the Head Boy would lay wreaths.
Below, pictured are those that attended the Memorial Service on Sunday 2nd December 2012.
The Book and Casket as they were in St. Marys Church, Waterloo.
ROLL OF HONOUR
N. Caird, W. V. Craig, A. Jones, F. D. Nevin, G. Vickerstaff, H. Williams.
F. M. Adam, W. H. Bartlett, G. H. Bennett, J. Berge, F. R. Blake, J. Blackley,
N. Brooke, D. B. Brotchie, K. N. I. Bone, J. O. Craddock, W. Cornell,
F. D. Crawford, H. Croft, A. Culshaw, C. N. Davies, J. K. Davies, J. J. Dixon,
E. V. Durham, G. F. Eggleston, K. Elgin, J. A. Entwistle, A. G. Gardiner,
S. H. Grafton, R. T. Hartley, J. M. Hayton, A. I. Henderson, R. Hoos,
R. Hounslea, F. Jackson, W. J. Jones, K. A. King, E. R. Kemp, M. J. Lace,
N. C. Langhurst, J. K. Lancaster, E. N. Lowe, C. Mather, S. G. Milne,
G. C. McCallum, T. L. MacCabe, W A MacKillop, R. R. Nicholson, N. Pass,
G. W. Patterson, H. W. Pethick, L. R. Rhind, M. Simpson, S. J. Smith,
E. W. Stibbons, S. N. Tabron, S. L. Taylor, A. R. Thorogood, E. Toby,
A. H. Tulloch, E. Tweedle, N. Tyson, G. N. Wilkinson, A. Williams,
G. Williams, R. P. Wilson.
'THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE'
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae