Bedford Road Council School, Bootle

 

Names on Memorial
BIOGRAPHY RANK FORENAME SURNAME REGIMENT MEDAL OTHER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


Pte ErnestABRAHAMS18th KLR
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Pte WilliamANDERSON1st Lancs Husr
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Pte DouglasASKINL'pool Scots
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also Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Gnr GeorgeBARRETTRGA
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Capt Eric Norman FBELLRoy Innis Fus VC
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also RAMC in the Great War

Sgt Tom EBENNETTRAMC
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Sgt William JBENNETT18th KLR MM
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Pte Frank CBEVAN12th KLR
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also Masonic Great War Project

Lt Harold MBIBBYRNR
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Pte JohnBLUCHER7th KLR
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Rfn DouglasCLAGUE5th KLR
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PO George HCLARKRN
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also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

L/C Archibald RCOLPITTS26th Canadians
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AB WilliamCRAGGRN
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Pte WilliamDALKINIrish Guards
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OS CharlesDAVIESRN
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Pte EdwardDAVIESL'pool Scots
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Pte John EDAVIESRWF
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Pte JosephDAVIES18th KLR
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Lt Lindsay RDAVIES18th KLR
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also Service Records Discovering Anzacs

Cpl DouglasDEARTHAust I F
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  FredDOVEYRFA
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Pte ArthurDRUMMONDRoy Fus
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also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

Pte JamesDUFFIELD103rd Canadians
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Pte Edward VEDWARDS18th KLR
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Pte Thomas WELLIS18th KLR
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Pte FredFLACK18th KLR
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Pte WalterFODDYS Lancs
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  WilliamFORBES
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Pte FredGARSIDE19th KLR
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Bdr Tom WGEDLINGRFA
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Pte John AGOLDROPL'pool Scots
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Sgt RichardGRACERFA
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1st Stoker Henry MGRAYRN
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Cpl ErlamGREAVES7th KLR
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Pte ErnestGREENKSLI
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Pte RoyGRUNDY18th KLR
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Pte Wilfred CGUPPYLancs Fus
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Pte Albert JHADDOCKRoy Fus
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Pte SamHAMILTON18th KLR
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Pte ThomasHANLON6th South Lancashire
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Pte TomHENDRYScots Guards
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PO JohnHORRIGANRNVR
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Pte John ReggieHUGHESMGC
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also Service Records Discovering Anzacs

Pte Thomas OHUMPHRIESAust I F
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Pte ThomasHUTTONRMLI
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Cpl (Instr) Walter BIRVINERAF
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L/C DavidJOHNSON7th KLR
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Rfn Peter GJONES6th KLR
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Pte William E VJONES7th KLR
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Pte ArthurJOWETT10 KLR
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also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  ClaudeKELLOW49th Canadians
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L/C CharlesLACEY13th KLR MM
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Rfn WilliamLACEY6th KLR
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Pte GeorgeLAKE20th KLR
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Pte HaroldLOCKRWF
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  JamesLOCKIEGlasgow Yeo:
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Pte Thomas JLYNCH20th KLR
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Sgt ArchieMACKENZIE1st Seaf Highdrs
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Cpl JamesMACKENZIE1st Seaf Highdrs
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Lt Harry RMANSERGH6th KLR
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Dvr Charles GMARLESRFA
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Pte Herbert JMATTHEWSL'pool Scots
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Pte James CMCADAML'pool Scots
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Pte Robert HMCELNEA18th KLR
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Pte AlfredMCMAHONR Warwicks
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3rd AM George SMCMILLANRAF
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Rfn MatthewMCROBERTS5th KLR
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Pte JohnMERRICK7th KLR
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Pte Evylyn RMILNEGlos Regt
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Sgt John HMILNE5th KLR
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L/C William AMILNE5th KLR
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Pte GeorgeMINSHALL4th KLR
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Pte Fred JMORGAN20th KLR
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1st AM Joseph TMORRISRAF
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Pte Thomas HNEWBOLD19th KLR
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Pte JohnNICHOLSONBorder Regt MM
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Cpl FrankNORMANRFA
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OS FrederickPALETHORPERNR
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also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

Pte John GPALETHORPECand Highdrs
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Sgt Robert EvanPARRY18th KLR
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  CharlesPARTINGTON
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Pte HenryPEERSMGC
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Pte ErnestPOTTS7th KLR
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Gnr Ernest LPRATTRFA
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Pte AlbertPRICEMGC
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Discovering Anzacs

Pte ThomasRICHAust I F
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Pte Charles ARILEY19th KLR
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Sgt William PRILEYHQ Staff
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Pte WilliamROBERTSRWF
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Pte Thomas OROWLANDS18th KLR
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Pte Fred ASEANOR18th KLR
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Pte Henry JSKILLICORN5th Devons
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Sgt ThomasSMEDLEY7th KLR
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Pte CharlesSMITHL'pool Scots
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Gnr CharlesSPEARRN
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L/C M HarrySTEAD19th KLR
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L/C James RTAYLORRWF
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (1914-1918)

Cpl A StanleyTHOMASLN Lancs
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Pte AlbertTHOMAS7th KLR
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L/C Charles RTHOMAS19th KLR
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Pte Charles PTHOMPSONRoy Fus
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L/C CyrilTINSLEY18th KLR
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Pte JohnTIPPING7th KLR
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Pte HarryTOFT4th KLR
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Cpl FrankTOMLINSON5th KLR
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L/C WalterTURNER19th KLR
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Pte James MWATSONL'pool Scots
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Pte GeorgeWEBBKO Roy Lancs
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Capt StuartWEEKSRNR
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Pte HarryWILD3rd KLR
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Gnr WilliamWILDMANRFA
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Pte David WWILLIAMSE Yorks
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Pte ErnestWILLIAMS7th KLR
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Pte HerbertWILLOUGHBY7th KLR
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Pte WilliamWILSON19th KLR
 

The creation of the Memorial

 
SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL.
UNVEILING CEREMONY AT BOOTLE.
     "They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were slain with the sword, being destitute, afflicted, tormented (of whom the world was not worthy); They wandered about in deserts, and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth."
     What more suitable chapter of the Old Book could have been read at the unveiling of a War Memorial, than the 11th Chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, which contains the above sentences? "Of whom the world was not worthy!" How better could the Rev. W.S. Mather have afforded comfort and pride to the relatives of "old boys," who once attended Bedford-road School, but who, alas, would never see its walls again? The sentence might have been written specially in memory of those gallant lads instead of the Christian martyrs of the first century, and who shall dare to say that their gallantry was less remarkable?
     It would be difficult to describe the emotions which filled the hearts of those present at Bedford-road Council School on Friday evening. There was the joyous greeting between ex-scholars and teachers; not shy boys but men, confident and manly, thanks to the army; and there were sad little chats between teachers and the parents of boys who had gone to war and never returned. The arrangements made by the teachers were excellent. The guests, who were very numerous, were received in two large classrooms and refreshments were handed round by the lady teachers. There was much handshaking, many congratulations on the safe return of former pupils, exclamations of surprise at the way in which "old boys" had grown, and the recounting of youthful escapades.
     The actual unveiling ceremony commenced with the hymn, "O God, our help in ages past." Mr. G.E. Blyde was at the organ, and the singing was led by a little choir of boys and girls who had lost brothers in the recent war.

THE HEAD'S WELCOME.

     The Head Master (Mr. A.J. Miles) in a speech of welcome to the parents and "old boys" present, said he found his task very difficult. while he experienced little difficulty in welcoming the "old boys" it was not quite so easy to welcome the bereaved parents. He also found it easy to welcome the Mayor who had always taken a great interest in the school, an interest which dated back to the days when his children attended the school. He could say the same of Mr. Thomas, who could remember the school being opened. If he was unable to make the same claim for Mr. Mather it was not the fault of the school, but Mr. Mather's misfortune. Not only was Mr. Mather a member of the Education Committee, but he was a manager of the school. It gave him very great pleasure to see such a large gathering of old boys. The school had always tried to keep in close touch with the old scholars, for whom they felt the keenest interest. That the scholars felt the same interest in the school was evident from the hundreds of ex-scholars who had visited the school. The teachers had always been pleased to see them.

RECORD OF BEDFORD ROAD SCHOOL.

     When the war broke out in August, 1914, large numbers of the "old boys" heard the call of England in danger. From their school alone about 1,000 "old boys" joined the colours (applause). They made great sacrifices in order to take up arms in the cause of right opposed to tyranny. Many of them had come back safely, and more or less sound. He should also like to pay a tribute to the teachers. As many as could be spared joined up and did their bit along with the "old boys" (applause). They were never of the type which said "go" instead of "come" (cheers). What could he say of the many lads whose names appeared on the Roll of Honour? They also answered the call, but none would see them return. They were saddened by the thought of so many young lives cut short in their manhood. As teachers they knew all the lads intimately, even to their little failings. They also saw the many fine embryonic qualities which had enabled them to do the gallant deeds which had been recorded in their favour. No honour which could be paid to their memories could equal the sacrifices they had made (applause). Their hearts went out in infinite sympathy to the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and wives of the "old boys" who had fallen. "May God have them in His keeping" concluded Mr. Miles.
     The Rev. W.S. Mather, M.A., Vicar of Christ Church, then read a portion of the 11th chapter of Hebrews, an extract of which precedes our report. The War Memorial was to have been unveiled by the Mayoress, Mrs. Harry Pennington, but she was indisposed, and in her absence the Union Jack was gently pulled aside by Miss Pennington.

THE ROLL OF HONOUR.

The War Memorial is of polished red wood, surmounted by the arms of the borough, and the inscription, "Bedford Road Council School, "Old Boys" who fell in the Great War, 1914-1919." The names beneath were read by Mr. S. Donaldson. They are as follows:-
Ernest Abrahams,
William Anderson,
Douglas Askin,
George Barrett,
Eric Norman Bell,
Tom E. Bennett,
William J. Bennett,
Frank C. Bevan,
Harold M. Bibby,
John Blucher,
Douglas Clague,
George H. Clark,
William Cragg,
Archibald R. Colpitts,
Edward Davies,
John E. Davies,
Lindsay R Davies,
Joseph Davies,
Douglas Dearth,
Fred Dovey,
Arthur Drummond,
Edward V. Edwards,
Thomas W. Ellis,
Fred Flack,
Walter Foddy,
William Forbes,
Tom W. Gedling,
John A Goldrop,
Richard Grace,
Henry M. Gray,
Erlam Greaves,
Ernest Green,
Roy Grundy,
Wilfred C. Guppy,
Albert J. Haddock,
Sam. Hamilton,
Tom Hendry,
John Horrigan,
John Reggie Hughes,
Thomas O. Humphries,
Thomas Hutton,
Walter B. Irvine,
David Johnson,
William E. V. Jones,
Peter G. Jones,
Claude Kellow,
George Lake,
Charles Lacey, M.M.,
William Lacey,
Harold Lock,
James Lockie,
Thomas J. Lynch,
James Mackenzie,
Archie Mackenzie,
Harry R. Mansergh,
Charles G. Marles,
Herbert J. Matthews,
James C. McAdam,
Robert H. McElnea,
Alfred McMahon,
George S. McMillan,
Matthew McRoberts,
John H. Milne,
William A. Milne,
Evelyn R. Milne,
George Minshall,
Fred J. Morgan,
Joseph T. Morris,
John Merrick,
Thomas H Newbold,
John Nicholson,
Frank Norman,
Frederick Palethorpe,
John G. Palethorpe,
Robert Evan Parry,
Charles Partington,
Henry Peers,
Ernest Potts,
Ernest L. Pratt,
Albert Price,
Thomas Rich,
William P. Riley,
Charles A. Riley,
William Roberts,
Thomas O. Rowlands,
Fred A. Seanor,
Henry J. Skillicorn,
Thomas Smedley,
Charles Spear,
M. Harry Stead,
James R. Taylor,
Albert Thomas,
A. Stanley Thomas,
Charles R. Thomas,
Charles P. Thompson,
Cyril Tinsley,
John Tipping,
Harry Toft,
Frank Tomlinson,
Walter Turner,
James M. Watson,
George Webb,
Stuart Weeks,
Harry Wild,
William Wildman,
David W. Williams
William Wilson,
Ernest Williams.

The lettering is in gold upon a black background. Under the Memorial are photos of many of the boys whose names appear above.

     After the reading of the names, the Rev. W. Thomas offered up a very beautiful prayer, Pipe-Major McKay played "The Flowers of the Forest," and ex-Cpl. Williams sounded the Last Post. Then followed another hymn, "For all the Saints."
     In his address the Mayor said that after the eloquent words of Mr. Miles, the beautiful way in which Mr. Mather had read the Scriptures and the prayer of Mr. Thomas, very little was left for him to say. Although he had been in the building several times he thought the ceremony that night was the most interesting of all. He very much regretted the length of their Roll of Honour, which had been unveiled by his daughter. He was glad to hear thAT the "old boys" kept in touch with the school, and also that seventeen of them had won medals on the battlefield (applause). The honours included one Victoria Cross, one Naval D.C.M., one Military D.C.M., one Military Service Medal, five Military Crosses, two Military Crosses, two Military Crosses with bars, and six Military Medals. It was a very creditable record indeed (applause). He hoped all the "old boys" would remember the happy times they had spent at the school, and never have cause to regret the fact that they had been scholars. He thanked them all for the great reception they had given him (applause).
     During the evening Mr. Blyde played "O rest in the Lord," Handel's "Largo," "But the Lord is mindful of His own," Mendelssohn's "Adagio," and 1st Organ Sonata, and the "Hallelujah Chorus." The proceedings closed with Kipling's "Recessional" and the National Anthem.
 

WALTON TIMES Friday 31st October 1919