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Day of Commemoration March 2015

On the 13th of March 2015, Bolton School held a Day of Commemoration to honour the Old Boys and staff who fell during the First World War. The date was chosen to mark the centenary of the death of Second Lieutenant Albert Knowles Wilson, the first Old Boy to lose his life in the conflict; he was killed in action on the 12th of March 1915.

The School procured 81 poppies from the Tower of London's installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', one to represent each of the 81 Old Boys and staff who fell during the First World War. These were planted by boys and girls in the Headmaster's Garden during a moving ceremony at lunchtime. Read more about this event here, or watch a video documenting the planting of the 81 poppies here.

Boys' Division pupils attended a Memorial Assembly in the afternoon. Read more about this event here, or watch a compilation of moments from the Assembly here.

In the evening, the School hosted a Uniformed Services Dinner for Girls' and Boys' Division alumni. Read more about this event here.

School Captain Paul Greenhalgh planting the final poppy

School Captain Paul Greenhalgh planting the final poppy

Headmaster Philip Britton read the names of the dead

Headmaster Philip Britton read the names of the dead

Boys' and Girls' Division pupils planted the poppies

Boys' and Girls' Division pupils planted the poppies

Head Girl Jess Melling planting a poppy

Head Girl Jess Melling planting a poppy

Special Guests at the Memorial Assembly

Special Guests the Mayor and Mayoresses of Bolton, Peter Acton, and the Vicar of Bolton

The Assembly included several readings

The Assembly included several readings

Boys performed a special piece created for the occasion

Boys performed a special piece created for the occasion

Boys bring in four of the Tower of London poppies

Boys bring in four of the Tower of London poppies

The Last Post

The Last Post

Uniformed Services Dinner Special Guest, Major General Skeates, with the Headmaster and Headmistress

Uniformed Services Dinner Special Guest, Major General Skeates, with the Headmaster and Headmistress

The School Captain plants a poppy at a second ceremony before the Uniformed Services Dinner

The School Captain plants a poppy at a second ceremony before the Uniformed Services Dinner

The Head Girl plants one of the final four poppies added at the Uniformed Services Dinner ceremony

The Head Girl plants one of the final four poppies added at the Uniformed Services Dinner ceremony

Chairman of Governors Mr Michael Griffiths plants a poppy

Chairman of Governors Mr Michael Griffiths plants a poppy

Major General Skeates planting the final poppy at the ceremony

Major General Skeates planting the final poppy at the ceremony

The Last Post

The Last Post

Alumni and staff associated with the Armed Services attended the dinner

Alumni and staff associated with the Armed Services attended the dinner

Current pupils represented the Scouts, Cadets & other uniformed organisations

Current pupils represented the Scouts, Cadets & other uniformed organisations

Old Boys and Cadets alike attended the Dinner

Old Boys and Cadets alike attended the Dinner