Bootle Boys Secondary School

 

Names on Memorial
BIOGRAPHY RANK FORENAME SURNAME REGIMENT MEDAL OTHER
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Birkenhead 1914 - 1918

  K HALLEN
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  SASCROFT
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  J DASKIN
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  ABARKWAY
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  A NBATES
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  S RBOLTON
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  G HCOCKAYNE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  R ACRAFTER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  ACRONE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  R HDAVYS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  G EDOLAN
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  S HDUFF
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  F CFOXCROFT
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  HGRAY
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  IGRIFFITHS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W CGUPPY
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  C EHARVEY
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  T PHESKETH
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  J HHOSKYN
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W BIRVINE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  H CLASLETT
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W HLOCKETT
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  HLOWE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  AMACDONALD
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  C DMACDONALD
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  A SMACK
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  J KMADDRELL
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  H RMANSERGH
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  JMAUDSLEY
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  R HMCELNEA
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada
  NMCLENNAN
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  HMCQUAKER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  M SMCROBERT
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  GMILLS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  J HMILNE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  D CMOORHOUSE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W JMUSKER
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  S SOWEN
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  T FPARKES
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  HPHIPPS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  C JPLATT
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  JPOTTER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  H FREIS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W GRIMMER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  NROBERTS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  W KROTHWELL
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Masonic Great War Project

  J ARUTHERFORD
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  E DSAVAGE
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  ASEANOR
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Litherland Digital
also RAMC in the Great War
  W G ASMITH
Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

  C WSTEWART
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  A DSTRATTON
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  E HTAYLOR
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  E RTAYLOR
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  FTAYLOR
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  C RTHOMAS
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  CWAKEFORD
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  N FWALKER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  WWARREN
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  G A MWEBSTER
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  G CWILLIAMSON
Merseyside Roll of Honour


  G FWRIGHT
 

The creation of the Memorial

 
BOOTLE SECONDARY SCHOOL "OLD BOYS."
     A large and representative number of "Old Boys" of Bootle Secondary School recently assembled to discuss the position of the Association, and to outline a programme for the future.
     The President (Mr. W. Ditchburn) in a short address extended a hearty welcome to all present, and after a brief and touching reference to the past few years, expressed a hope that the attendance and enthusiasm would mark the commencement of a new and successful era in the life of the Association. He urged all to put their shoulders to the wheel, and rebuild on the old foundations.
     The existing rules were unanimously ratified, with the exception of the one dealing with the annual subscription, which it was deemed necessary to raise to 5s. Messrs. V. Bell and H. Lightfoot were unanimously elected Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer respectively, and the following were elected members of the Committee - Messrs. G.A. Walsh, D. Brown, W. Brown, J. Norminton, V. Wolfenden, N. Chambers, M. Owens, R. Ablett, R.A. Jones, and Dr. T. Wadsworth.
     The question of providing a "Memorial" to old boys who made the supreme sacrifice was raised, and it was finally resolved that the matter be left to the Committee, who have decided to call a special meeting of old boys, parents of present scholars, and others interested in the School and the Association.
     The Secretary, who was instructed to collect data relative to the service of old boys with H.M. Forces, will be pleased if O.B.s will assist in this connection by sending a concise account of their army or navy careers.
     During the interval light refreshments were served, and at the conclusion of the business the meeting indulged in a sing-song, Messrs. W. Ditchburn, S.W. Colquhoun, S.A. Walsh, T. Dibb, and R. Ablett, contributing songs and recitations which were heartily enjoyed. After a lusty rendering of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem the meeting dispersed, all feeling that an excellent beginning had been made.
 

WALTON TIMES Friday 31st October 1919

 
BOOTLE SECONDARY SCHOOL "O.B." MEMORIAL.
 
     The Committee has decided to close the above Fund at the end of this month and all Old boys who are desirous of contributing thereto are asked to send their donations to the Acting Treasurer, Mr. Henry Lightfoot, 123, Hornby-road, Bootle, or to the Hon. Secretary, Mr. Victor Wolfenden, 258, Knowsley-road, Bootle.   
 

WALTON TIMES Friday 18th February 1921

 
BOOTLE SECONDARY SCHOOL OLD BOYS WAR MEMORIAL.

To the Editor.

     Sir, - May I crave a little space in your columns to appeal to relatives of "Old Boys" of the above school who gave their lives in the war, to communicate with me giving full particulars. A small committee of the Old Boys' Association has the arrangements well in hand for the erection of a bronze tablet, framed in oak, in the entrance hall of the school. We have 50  names to be inscribed thereon, and we are particularly desirous that there should be no omissions. I trust, therefore, to have a prompt response to this appeal. - Yours faithfully,
PERCY GRAY,
Lieut., K.L.R. (T.F.)
12, St.Albans-road, Bootle.
 

WALTON TIMES Friday 17th June 1921

 
"THE VISION SPLENDID"
MEMORIAL TABLET AT BOOTLE SECONDARY SCHOOL.
THE LAST ROLL CALL.
"As goes the Sun-god in his chariot glorious,
       When all his golden banners are unfurled,
 So goes the soldier, fallen but victorious,
       And leaves behind a twilight in the world."
     Now that the rumble and crash of the War has faded into the dim half-remembered echoes and the glory and the ideals and the splendour are clouded under the darkness of a world that is not "saved" and the dreams broken, the twilight hangs very close and the memory of the splendour of the passing of our most gallant dead is in danger of passing too, behind the clouds. So that it is well that there should be signs to remind us of those that went so bravely, caring not though they died, that their ideal remain safe, and to remind us, too, of the torch they flung behind them 'ere they went and that we have left untended so tragically long. There is need to think, to bow before their sacrifice and to catch the echo of their voices ringing backwards through the dim-lit halls of time, full of hope and laughter and high message.
     So it was, reverently and in all humility, that the plain tablet engraved with the school's proudest boast, her fifty-eight dead, was unveiled at Bootle Secondary School on Saturday evening. Very quietly and simply. And then after the singing of the old school hymn "Rank by Rank" by the schoolboys and a short prayer by the Rev. G. Atkinson, Dr. English made a short statement and told how this tablet had been erected by the school in memoriam of her fifty-six old boys and two masters who gave their lives during the European War, 1914-1918, and whose names lie side by side unadorned by rank or honour, one equal to another in their splendid sacrifice. Then after a reading of a portion of the Book of Wisdom, the Union Jack at once so symbolical and so proudly sympathetic was drawn aside by the Mayor, and a great silence fell upon the school hall as parents and scholars bowed their heads in sorrow and in pride. Sorrow that those who were young should have given their youth, and their golden promise so early, yet pride that they should have given them so nobly and followed their "vision splendid" to the end. 
"They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
 Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow,
 They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
 They fell with their faces to the foe.
 They shall not grow old, as we that 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."
     So the school stood, silent, until at last an "old boy" stepped forward and called the roll of those who had answered to their names so gaily in that hall but a few short years ago:-
K.H. Allen,
S. Ashcroft,
J.D. Askin,
A.N. Bates,
S.R. Bolton,
G.H. Cockayne,
R.A. Crafter,
A. Crone,
R.H. Davys,
G.E. Dolan,
S.H. Duff,
F.C. Foxcroft,
H. Gray,
L. Griffiths,
W.C. Guppy,
C.E. Harvey,
T.P. Hesketh,
J.H. Hoskyn,
W.D. Irvine,
H.C. Laslett,
W.H. Lockett,
H. Lowe,
C.D. Macdonald,
A. Macdonald,
A.S. Mack,
J.K. Maddrell,
H.R. Mansergh,
J. Maudsley,
R.H. McElnea,
N. McLennan
H. McQuaker,
M.S. McRoberts,
G. Mills,
J.H. Milne,
D.C. Moorhouse,
W.J. Musker,
T.F. Parkes,
H. Phipps,
C.J. Platt,
J. Potter,
H.F. Reis,
W.G. Rimmer,
N. Roberts,
W.K. Rothwell,
J.A. Rutherford,
E.D. Savage,
A. Seanor,
W.G.A. Smith,
C.W. Stewart,
A.D. Stratton,
F. Taylor,
E.H. Taylor,
E.R. Taylor,
C. Wakeford,
N.F. Walker,
W. Warren,
G.A.M. Webster,
G.F. Wright.
     And as each name rang out one almost heard the brave ghosts assembling shoulder to shoulder for the last time and heard their laughter ringing about the school walls and took courage from their sublime ideal.
     After the last name had been called and the last ghostly "Adsum" answered from the great silence there was a simple prayer, and then the Mayor (Councillor J.H. Johnston) gave a short address.
     It was, he said, one of the greatest honours and privileges of his term of office to be asked to this unveiling ceremony - a memorial service to those who were fallen yet had arisen and awaited our coming in spotless raiment and served God by day and by night. It behoved us to think of them now in these times of trouble, and to offer gratitude to these young men who had gone so willingly to fight for their King and their country and sanctity of their homes. In the stress and quarrels of our existence, we must not lose sight of their ideals, and we must strive to live up to them. He beseeched all those who had lost sons and brothers and friends to take comfort and to remember that when life's fitful fever and troublous fret was over they would meet them again. Jean Ingelow had said that memory was possession, and that was truly so, so that in the memory of these dear ones they grew very near. Sometimes the fear came to him that if they did not keep themselves very pure of heart and soul and mind, when they reached the next world they would find their dear ones so very far ahead of them by reason of their great sacrifice that they would not be able to catch them up. They must be worthy of that sacrifice, they must fight the battles of peace even as these brave dead who gave their youth for England fought the battle of war.
     Councillor H. Pennington, who also gave a short address, asked the boys of the school to look often upon that tablet, and to remember the glorious tradition that had been set up for the school by the sacrifice of those old boys. To remember and to "carry on" as they had done, and maintain the prestige of the British Empire.
     And then reverently the school sand Kipling's "Recessional," even as they who have passed must have sung it often 'ere they died defending so gallantly the spirit for which it stands. So the service ended with a Benediction and the singing of the National Anthem, and then the parents and scholars passed out into the rain, not sorrowing, but with strength renewed and ideals clearer seen for memory's renewal. Content, too, in the thought that these their sons and brothers and friends acquitted themselves worthily and take their reward.
"They who had gave all. Their half-writ story
 Lies in the empty halls they knew so well,
 But they, the knights of God, shall see His glory,
 And find the Grail ev'n in the fires of hell."
 

WALTON TIMES Friday 17th June 1921