Bolton School's war heroes remembered in honour book

From left, Jamie Fernandes and Steven Prescott, both aged 14, Joseph Sharples, aged 15, Cian McMahon, aged 14, Paul Greenhalgh, aged 17, David Meadows, aged 13, Matthew Taylor, aged 15, Luis Jones and Samuel Smethurst, both aged 14.

The commemorative Bolton School book

First published in News

BOLTON School’s war heroes are being “remembered with honour” by current pupils.

Eric McPherson’s book Remembered with Honour, commemorating the old boys and staff at the school who died in both World War One and World War Two, has been presented to the boys attending the 2014 Battlefield Tours.

Dr McPherson researched the 145 men and the book details their lives before military service, their academic achievements, previous employment and family.

Each entry is accompanied by the relevant regimental or service insignia.

This information is set against the details of their service during the wars and their deaths.

The entries have been arranged chronologically by date of death, starting with Second Lieutenant Albert Knowles Wilson, who was killed in 1915 on the first day of the first British offensive.

Head boy Paul Greenhalgh said: “Being given this book and reading the stories of those not much older than myself, who were once in the same position I am in now, is extremely poignant.

“It has brought home to me the gratitude that we should all show to the sacrifice that these Old Boltonians made.”

The presentation of the books is one way in which the school will mark the 100 years since the start of World War One.

During last year’s Battlefields trip, 39 boys attended the dedication service for a new memorial in honour of the old boys who died in World War One.

The service was held at St George’s Church in Ypres, an English church whose walls are covered in plaques commemorating the losses suffered by many of Britain’s schools, colleges, military units, sporting clubs, and other organisations.

The boys read out the names of 81 Old Boltonians killed in World War One as part of a moving service.

March 11. 2015. will mark 100 years since the first Bolton School boy died in World War One.

To commemorate this solemn date, old boys and old girls from uniformed organisations will gather together with current pupils and the Scout troop.

And for the first time the girls will take part in the Battlefields Trip, visiting Ypres and the Somme in October.

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