REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE 11 NOVEMBER
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE 11 NOVEMBER 2017
The Annual Remembrance Day Service was held on Saturday, the
1 11th November 2017 as usual in the Entrance Hall of the former
School Building in Shaw Street. This Service, starting at 10.45
a.m. is now well established in the calendar of the Association's
activities. Over 27 old Boys, Wives and mends gathered with again
this year a fine colour party of 9 members of the cadet forces
from the Liverpool College with their Regimental Sergeant Major,
Mr D Roberts. They all did an excellent job and formed a fitting
background to the service. The Cadets were all thanked for their
attendance and we wished them well in their future careers, We
have a good relationship with the Caretaker who helps us all he
can ensuing the car park is available for us to use and of course
the toilet is also available. Another big help this year was the
lending of about ten chairs by one of the Residents for us to
use. It appears she comes from Russia and holds recitals in her
flat from time to time. She was warmly thanked for her kind offer.
Our Vice President, Arthur Evans welcomed those attending the
service and in his short address expressed our thanks to the Rev.
Henry Corbett, the local Vicar of St Peter's Church, Langrove
Street, Liverpool 3, for attending and conducting the service.
This was usually conducted by Mrs Jill Wright but due to her being
out of the country she was not available this year but had sent
her apologies. Apologies had also been received from Netta Clarke,
the widow of the previous President and School Headmaster and
her Daughter. Netta has been unwell recently and was unable to
travel from Chester to be with us. Gwyn Thomas OBE, the COBA President
also sent his apologies as he was unable to travel from Crewe.
Ron James, our Treasurer and his wife were also unable to attend
and sent their apologies. However Ron had produced as usual a
fine order of service for the service. Apologies were also received
from the Principal of Liverpool College, Hans van Mourik Brockman
who was also unable to attend.
At 10.56 am the Rev Henry Corbett commenced the service by reading
the poem "In Flanders field" by John McCrae.
Following this he continued in the saying of the Act of Remembrance,
"Let us remember before God, and commend into his safe keeping:
those who have died for their country in war, those who we knew
and those whose memory we treasure: and all who lived and died
in the service of mankind". At the appropriate time the Last
Post was sounded, usually played by Paul Goulden on his portable
organ but unfortunately due to illness he was unable to attend
having to go into hospital recently. A recording was played which
sounded most touching as it echoed round the hall. The Cadets
lowered their Standards then followed the exhortation of the words
of Lawrence Binyon, spoken by Charles Brimage, who this year was
accompanied by his daughter, Margaret: "They shall not grow
old as we who are left grow old; Age shall not weary them nor
the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them. The gathering replied "We will remember
them" Then followed the two minutes silence broken by the
playing of the Reveille on a DVD recorder that Arthur had brought.
Following the raising of their standards by the cadets, Charles
spoke the Kohima Epitaph "When you go home tell them of us
and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today."
The Rev Henry Corbett then said the prayer. "Almighty and
eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either
by death or life; hear our prayers and thanksgiving/or all whom
we remember this day; fulfil/ in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus
Christ our lord" Amen.
Wreaths were laid by our Vice President, Arthur Evans at the
World War l memorial plaque and by our Chairman, Joe Lucas at
the World War II and other subsequent conflicts memorial plaque.
-Then followed a reading by the Rev Henry Corbett from the book
of Matthew Ch 5 v1-16 after which he gave a short address. This
was followed by a rousing singing of the Hymn "Eternal Father,
strong to save" ably echoing throughout the building. He
then gave the blessing and dismissal. Again as in previous years
it had been a touching service and good to remember and honour
former pupils and those connected with the School who had made
the supreme sacrifice in conflicts.
Following the service all gathered to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits
and true to form all enjoyed the chatter that ensued. The fact
that the attendance was a little lower this year was unfortunate
we hope that more old boys and their families will join with us
on Saturday 1 Of November 2018. You will be very welcome.
Richard Thwaite (1943 1949)
Here are some photos to remind us all of the occasion. Please note, that
where there are names missing or incorrect, don't hesitate to email Webby
and put him on the right path. :) :) :)
BTW - We used to call the Cloisters, "THE BIKE SHEDS".
During the Great War from 1914 to 1918, in common with other
schools throughoutthe Country, senior pupils from the Liverpool
Collegiate, on leaving their academic years, volunteered for service in
the armed forces. Many from the school fell on the battlefields of
France and Belgium and elsewhere; of these 188 men suffered the
ultimate sacrifice. The names of these men were recorded on a large
bronze plaque which was fixed to a wall in the entrance hall at the
main doors of the school building. It remained there until the school
closed. Since then the plaque survived two serious fires in the
building which also endured years of constant vandalism.
When members of the Old Boys' Association learned of the
proposals to convert the wrecked building to residential use, they were
delighted to learn, following enquiries from the Developers, Urban
Splash, that the plaque would be retained and re-installed in the
refurbished front hall. In addition, Urban Splash confirmed that the
original black and white tiled floor in the hallway, inset with the
school motto, was also to be retained.
For the 100 former pupils who died in the Second World War
(1939 to 1945) a memorial plaque had been affixed in 1951 to the
magnificent School Organ in the Assembly Hall. Unfortunately this
plaque was destroyed during one of the severe fires that completely
gutted the Hall. The Council of the Association in 2003 determined that
another plaque should be commissioned and, with the permission of the
Developers, erected in the entrance hall to recognise those former
pupils who sacrificed their future for us. The Council met the total
cost from current funds. It was also agreed that this plaque should
recognise those pupils who had died on active service in other
conflicts since 1945. The plaque was erected in 2004.
1914 to 1918
||. BARLOW G.H.
||. CURRAN H.
||. DIXON G.H.K.
|| GRIFFITHS T.A.
1939 to 1945
Whilst the Council has endeavoured to be as accurate as possible in
recording the names of those who died, any more information about
former pupil's involvement in the two world wars and other conflicts
would be most welcome. To arrange to send information and/or
photographs, please, click on here.
A bound Book of Remembrance containing all the names has been
passed to the Liverpool Record Office for posterity.
The Association has little information on awards to
servicemen in the various conflicts and would welcome details. To
arrange to send information, please click on here.