REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE 11 NOVEMBER 2017


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".

CLOISTERS

Names Of The Fallen

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.

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1914 to 1918

ACKERLEY R. AITKEN W.A. ALDERSON R.H ALSOP L.
ANDERSON W. ASHCROFT E BANN E.J. BARKER H.A.E
BARLOW F.N. . BARLOW G.H. BARNARD N.J. BARNEY G.M.
BARTLETT A. BARTLETT E. BECKETT G.H BELL D.
BEVAN A.W. BIBBY J.H.V. BIRCH H.L. BIRCHALL H.
BLEASE R.M.S. BLOORE R.H. BOWE S.G. BRIGGS E.
BROWN G.C. BROWN J BURGESS H. BURNET F.
CALVEY J.V. CANDELAND W.G. CHADDOCK H.B. CHADDOCK J.D.
CHESHIRE R.B CLOUGH G. CLOUGH W.N. COLE G.S.M
COLE M.H. CONNOLLEY T. COPLAND D.M CORLETT A.G.
CORMODY A.F. CRAFTER R.A. CRELLIN J.S. . CURRAN H.
DALTON G.S. DAVENPORT J. DAVIES T.P . DIXON G.H.K.
DIXON H.O. DOBBS A.S. DODD F.J. DOWNES G.G.
ECKETT T.M. ELLIS E.W. ELLIS H.O. ESSLER A.
EVANS G.L. EVANS O. EVANS W.A. EVANS W.D.
FELLOWES E.E. FELTON F. FLENLEY E.B. FORBES W.C.
FORSTER H.K. FOWLER A. FURLONG F.J. GASKILL E.C.L.
GAW W.C. GEDDES D.S. GERRARD W.E. GOWLAND E.W.
GRAFTER R.A. GRAVES J.S. GRAY D.H. GREAVES R
GREAVES V. GREENER A.S. GREENWOOD W.E. GRIFFITHS T.A.
HALFPENNY W.H HALSALL E. HARRISON W.R. HARTLEY W.N.
HEWITT J. HILTON J.C. HINDS A. HINTON H.P.
HIVEY C.H. HODGSON E.E. HOGGAN T.A.H. HOLDING R.
HOLME B.L. HOOPER S.D. HUDSON C.N. HULME H.
HUNTLEY T.E. IRELAND E.E. JACKSON W.A. JERMY A.W.
JESSOP H. JOHNSTON H.J. JONES Geo. JONES H.
JONES H.R. JONES P.G. JONES T.R. JONES W.G.
KING R.S. LAMMIE J.H. LAMONT A. LANCASTER T.S.
LAWTON S. LEATHERBARROW A. LINDSAY F.T. LLOYD F.P.
LOMAX E.H. LYTHAM E.R. MACE A.B.S. MACMILLAN D.
MAHON J.H. MARSHALL W.E. MARTIN H.S. McROBIE H.D.
MOESH-JONES R.C. MORRIS G.H. MUTTER J.G. MYLCHREEST J.E.
NEVINSON W.S. MORRISON S. NICHOLLS F.C. NORRIE T.P.
OLDRIDGE P.H. OXTON T.L. PARKINSON O.W. PEASTON F.
PODMORE E.G. POOL S. PORTER T.E. PRATT E.L.
PRESTON H. PRICE C. RATCLIFFE W. RAWSTHORNE W.T.
RELPH F. REYNOLDS H.R. ROBERTS J.P. ROBERTS P.F.
ROBERTSON D.R. ROUSE F. ROWLANDS A.W. SHARPE R.D.
SHEPPY A. SIMPSON J.W. SLATER T.F.W. SMITH G.
SMITH H.J. SNEDDON J. STEVENS D.E. SWALL W.W.
SYMINGTON H. THOMAS F. THOMAS Gwyn THOMPSON V.
TODHUNTER W. TOOLE D.F.G. TOOLE E.T. TREVITT T.H.
VENMORE F. WAINWRIGHT H.S. WAKEFIELD L.J. WEBB J.L.
WEST L.T. WESTON H.A. WILKINS J.C.M. WILKINSON C.
WILLIAMS C.G. WILLIAMS D.R. WILLIAMS H.S. WILLIAMS Richd.G.
WILLIAMS Robt.Glyn WILLIAMS R.T. WILSON C.L. WISSET J.N.
WOOD F.J. WOOD G. WOOD J.A. WOOD L.W.
WRIGHT A.W. WRIGHT N.G. YOUNG H.G.  

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1939 to 1945

ACHESON J.M. ALIEN H. ARNEY G.J. ATHERTON A.T.
BALE N.H. BARISH W. BEAVEN J.A.D. BLACKMAN J.
BONE D.M. BOYLE R BRADBURN L.S. BRADLEY P
BRANNIGAN J. BRIGHT P. BURRAS C.E. CAIN T.L.
CHADWICK E. CHRISTIE R.D. CLARKE H.V. CLOSE A.C.
COLLISTER G.B CONDY D.W. CRAIG R.H. CURRAN J.
CUSSON T.F. DAVIDSON A.F. DAVIES C.J.P. DAVIES J.O.
DAVIS N.C. DEVONPORT J.J. DICKINSON E. DICKSON D.
DURINGER C.H EDWARDS J.F.V. EVANS C. FOGGO E.E.
FORREST H. GIBB A.G. GREEN L.D. GREIG J.F.J.
GUY W.A. HANNETT J. HARRIS T.E. HASTINGS W.
HAYES J.F. HILL H.T. HOBSON F. HODGSON W.
JACKSON H. JOHNSON A. JONES C.S. JONES H.
JONES H.O. JONES J.D. JONES S. JONES W.S.
JOYNER C.M. KEEBLE K.S. LEATHER J.S. LEDSON J.H.
LEWIS G.D. LLOYD Kenneth LLOYD K. LOCKWOOD C.E.
MacDOUGAL C.W. MANN K.W.M. MAYERS G.H.E. McCRICK R.E.
MOUNT L.B. MUDGE K. O’DONNELL W.V. OWEN T.H.
PARRY R.A. PRITCHARD J.P. RAW E.H. READ W.M.
RELPH E.W. ROONEY .W ROSS K. ROWLAND E.N.
SHEPHERD H.B. SOUTHWORTH J. STOTT J. TAYLOR A.H.K.
THOMAS H.O. THOMPSON A. TOWERS J.A. TUNSTALL E.T.
WADSWORTH K.W. WALKER J. WILKINS L.G. WILLIAM S.
WILSON R.J. WILSON W. WOODS L.R.  

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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.


Bravery Awards

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.