Armistice Day 2016
Friday 11th November.
The armistice commemoration exemplifies the dignified conduct with which members of Bournemouth School respect their predecessors who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the two World Wars.
This year, Will Pyke, a former History teacher and Deputy Headmaster (1987-2012), gave the main address in the junior and senior assemblies, focussing on his recent research into former Bournemouth School pupils who served on the Western Front in World War One. He articulated the lives and deaths of the victims in some detail, one of whom died on his 18th birthday (a stark thought for the sixth formers). His work has added seven new names to the 1914-1918 roll of honour.
Though Dr. Fenwick, the first Headmaster (1901-1932), made a comprehensive list of Bournemouth School members who fell in World War One, this relied heavily on their families contacting him which, as Mr. Pyke realised, did not always happen. The list of the Bournemouth school pupils and masters who died in the war was therefore never complete (and is still unlikely to be). The existing 1914-1918 roll of honour contains 98 names, meaning the known total has now increased to 105. The new names are temporarily displayed in a frame next to the original memorial and will be properly gilded in the future.
The commemoration was split into junior and senior assemblies led by Mr. Viney, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Pyke. Alderman Trenchard, chairman of the Old Bournemouthians’ Association, recited ten names each from the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 memorials in the seniors’ assembly, as did school captain Jake McDonnell in the juniors’.
After the two minutes of silence were observed, the heads of the three C.C.F. disciplines marched through the assembly hall and laid wreaths beneath the two memorials.