This morning staff and students remembered those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the service of their country in our annual Remembrance Services. We also took the opportunity to think about those men and women in our armed services who are, at this present time, facing great dangers in a variety of war deployments throughout the world.
Millions of people each year stop what they are doing and observe a two minute silence at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, commemorating the original Armistice of 1918 which signaled the ‘stilling of arms’ and led to the formal end of the First World War.
We know that 165 OBMs fell in WWI, nearly 14% of those who joined up, and their names are recorded on the School’s War Memorial, which was unveiled in 1923 in the Memorial Hall of the School’s Harpur Street building, and in the Roll of Honour, published in the December issue of The Eagle; the school magazine at the time. A second memorial plaque was added at a later date to include additional names missing from the original memorial. When we moved to our current location in 1974 the memorial tablets were removed and now hang on the wall in the Quads.
Mr Smith, the BMS Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent Commander, has recently created a digital memorial to these men on the Imperial War Museum website which can be found at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/5155. So far this community group contains 161 of the OBMs who fell in the Great War and, along with their profiles, Mr Smith has added photographs from a trip he made in the summer of the headstones and memorials of those who are commemorated in the UK, France and Belgium. He now intends to add material from war time Eagle Magazines to the relevant men to paint fuller pictures of these soldiers and to shine a light on them. As this is a national project, information is also being added by other users, who are not necessarily connected to BMS including photographs of the men and other information on their lives. What a wonderful resource and a fitting tribute to these brave men. Lest we forget.