Oldfield Park Junior School (Bath) WW1 Memorial Project
King Edward VI School (Bath) WW1 Memorial
This impressive memorial resides in the stairwell of the administration block of King Edward's School on North Road.
This memorial is unusual in that it includes the age (at death) of each person named.
From the Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette of 18th November 1922:
OLD EDWARDIANS COMMEMORATED.
MARQUIS OF BATH UNVEILS WAR MEMORIAL.
TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC SCHOOL SPIRIT.
A fitting ceremony, in view of the observance of Remembrance Day, was performed on Saturday. The memorial tablet which commemorates the sacrifice of the Old Boys of King Edward's School in the great war was unveiled at noon in the big schoolroom by the Marquis of Bath, Lord Lieutenant of the County in the presence of a large company, including members of the Board of Governors, past and present scholars, parents and friends. Among the company were many old boys who had themselves served in the great conflict, and who had been privileged to return. The Old Edwardians' record of war service is believed to be unsurpassed for a school of its size.
The Marquis of Bath, who was in uniform, and the Mayor and Mayoress Bath Alderman Cedric Chivers and Madame Sarah Grand; arrived at the main entrance and were received by a guard of honour, furnished by a detachment the Officers' Training Corps. Having taken the salute, the Marquis of Bath passed on into the Big Schoolroom, where the remainder of the company were already assembled. Those present included Mr E. A. Bagshawe (Chairman of the Governors), Alderman S. W. Bush (Vice-Chairman), Preb. M. E. Hoets, Mrs. J M. Ealand, Mrs. Blackstone, Ald J. H. Colmer and G. I. Powell, Mr. Vezey and Mr. Rhodes G. Cook (Governors), Mr F. E. Shum (Clerk to the Governors), Mr. Harold Spender (Liberal Candidate for Bath), the Rev. F. E. and Mrs. Murphy, the Rev. F C. Bayliss, Dr. J. S. Carpenter, Mr. F. C. Holmes (headmaster of the City Secondary School), Mr. A W. Cuninghame (headmaster of Victoria College, Grosvenor), Mr .H. A. Wootton (headmaster of Kingswood School), and the following members of the school staff: Capt. A. A. Annand, M.C. (headmaster), Capt. Langley, Lieut Jago. Lieut. Symonds, Lieut. Hollowell, Lieut., the Rev. F, Hardy, Mr. J. S. Heap. Mr. F. P. Williamson, Mr, J. H. C. Dunn, and Miss Neale. Mr. E. W. Symons (a former headmaster), and Mrs. Symons, and Mrs. Annand were also present.
The opening "O God our Help in ages past," was sung to a pianoforte accompaniment by Mr. J. S. Heap. Prayers were then offered by Prebendary M. E. Hoets, and the 23rd Psalm was recited.
At the conclusion of this short service the Marquis of Bath drew aside the Union Jack which covered the memorial.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SPIRIT.
The Marquis of Bath remarked that he could not be too glad to be associated with the members of the school in that task showing our gratitude to those who saved our country and our Empire during the war. He thought it was a gratifying fact that our public schools in this country gave such an exhibition of that spirit which induced so many cheerfully to risk their all in the support and in the championship of causes which they believed to be right and to be just. "I daresay," he added, "that in your school here you have even now probably a numbor of the elder boys who would have been associated with some of who fell in this war. They will remember them, and they will probably be inspired by their influence, bv their recollection, and by the example which their fellows have set to those who are here in this school." The Marquis of Bath added: "I am glad to know that you will remember this day and this ceremony in which I have taken so unworthy a part, and that you will always bear in mind the great principles which you have upheld and exemplified. I feel that you one day though I trust not —may be called upon to defend as men the principles for which your school-fellows died. In conclusion, the Marquis of Bath said he was glad to have been associated with them that day and to have taken part in that ceremony. He was glad to know that other schools were represented at that ceremony and were associated with them in that tribute to those whose memory they had celebrated.
After the memorial had been unveiled all stood in silence for a space, and Corporal Pryor then sounded the "Last Post." There was another pause, and then the "Reveille" broke the stillness.
With the first verse of the National Anthem the ceremony in the schoolroom concluded.
After the ceremony in Big School the Marquis Bath inspected the O.T.C. in the playground. At the close of the function he remarked that King Edward's School had great traditions, equal indeed to those of any school in the country. These traditions had been associated with the school for centuries, and its scholars had always had the reputation of behaving like English gentlemen. Whether the boys belonged to the Officers' Training Corps or not they should always endeavour to live up to those traditions.
The memorial is surmounted by the Royal arms of King Edward VI., which form the coat of arms of the school. Beneath appears the inscription "Edv. VI. School Regal Bathon." flanked by the motto "Pro Rege et Patria." The central inscription on the memorial reads: "This tablet has been erected to perpetuate the glorious memory of the Old Boys of this School, who sacrificed their lives in the Great War, 1914 to 1918."
The names of the fallen and their ages are appended. At the base of the tablet appear the words; "Let those who oome after see to it that these names not forgotten." The tablet is a handsome piece of work, executed in coloured marble.
The names of the Old Edwardians who served are commemorated on separate memorial framed in oak.
Inscribed names are as follows:
The report of the annual dinner of the Friends of King Edward's School the following April states that the balance of money raised for the memorial was to be spent on a reference library for the school.