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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
Headmaster Philip Britton read the names of the dead
Boys' and Girls' Division pupils planted the poppies
Head Girl Jess Melling planting a poppy
Special Guests at the Memorial Assembly
The Assembly included several readings
Boys performed a special piece created for the occasion
Boys bring in four of the Tower of London poppies
The Last Post
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 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
Major General Skeates planting the final poppy at the ceremony
The Last Post
Alumni and staff associated with the Armed Services attended the dinner
Current pupils represented the Scouts, Cadets & other uniformed organisations
Old Boys and Cadets alike attended the Dinner