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Friday, 11 November 2016
This year’s Remembrance Assembly at Bolton School Boys’ Division was led by Dr Holland and paid tribute to the courage, resourcefulness and heroism of those Old Boys who had served during two World Wars. Last year, the service had focused on VE Day and those that lost their lives in Europe; this year, thoughts turned to VJ Day or Victory in the Pacific Day and to the six former pupils who lost their lives in South East Asia. Six pupils recalled their life stories, which are recorded in Dr Eric McPherson’s book, Remembered With Honour which recalls all those Old Boys that lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. After a reflective and well-observed moment of silence, a piper from the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band played whilst boys processed out of the Great Hall and laid wreaths on the Memorial Staircase.
The assembly also recalled the life of Private James Rutter, an Old Boy, who lost his life whilst serving in France, whose name had been inexplicably omitted from the memorial boards that record all those that lost their lives in war. After the assembly, Headmaster Philip Britton unveiled a new plaque commemorating the life of Private Rutter and which also recorded the names of two Old Boys who are on the memorial boards but actually survived the War, E W Harris (who died in 1957) and C B Pitblado (who died in 1974).
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