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Friday, 13 March 2015
Bolton School Senior Boys ended the week with a Memorial Assembly, which marked the 100th anniversary since the first Old Boy fell in World War One.
Headmaster Mr Philip Britton read passages from Dr Eric McPherson’s Remembered With Honour book which commemorates the Old Boys and staff of Bolton School who lost their lives in two World Wars. He focused on the first Old Boy to fall, Second Lieutenant Albert Knowles Wilson who died aged 25 during the first British offensive of the War, and three other former pupils. Their lives were remembered as four boys solemnly processed into the Great Hall, each carrying one of the Tower of London poppies that they then laid at the front of the Hall. The School has procured 81 poppies, one for each of those Old Boys who made the ultimate sacrifice. Earlier in the day these had been planted by students in the Headmaster’s Lawn, whilst Mr Britton read out the names of the dead.
During the course of the day a group of pupils created special artwork replicating the School’s memorial staircase and marking the lives lost; in the assembly they exhibited their work through words and art. There were several moving readings of poetry from pupils, including Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen as well as fine renditions of Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer and Blake’s Jerusalem.
The moving assembly, attended by the Mayor and Mayoresses of Bolton, the Vicar of Bolton, local councillors and the Chairman of Governors, ended with a poignant rendering of the Last Post.
Later that evening, there were further tributes to Old Boys that were killed in action during a Uniformed Services Dinner.
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