This page provides further information on the Farnham Grammar School War Memorial.
The School War Memorial may be found in the entrance lobby to the old building. It records the names of 71 Old Boys who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-
The links on the names take you to further details on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website or to brief biographies posted on Blunderbuss.
The wording on the War Memorial is as follows:
IN MEMORY OF THE OLD BOYS OF THE FARNHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-
SED MILES SED PRO PATRIA
And W. H. BASTOW
The War Memorial, or Memorial Tablet, was unveiled on the afternoon of Old Boys’ Day, Saturday 20 July 1929. The event was fully reported in the December issue of the Farnhamian as follows:
“The War Memorial.
The Memorial Tablet was unveiled at the School by Major-
Sed miles sed pro patria.”
The following is a brief description of the ceremony :—
A procession was formed in the playground, headed by the Rector (Canon E. M. Girling), Major-
After the Cadet Corps had marched past in single file, the rest of the School followed, and the whole assembly was addressed by the General on the terrace. His speech was solemn and impressive, and from it we mention the two following important points. Firstly, there was comfort for the bereaved when he stated his belief that comparatively few in the War suffered painful deaths. Secondly, he thought that the intention of those who died was to make war between civilised nations impossible.
The National Anthem was then sung and the Corps dismissed, after which a number of wreaths were laid under the tablet. They were from the Headmaster and Mrs. Morgan, the Old Boys, Mr. and Mrs. Starling, and Mrs. Andrews. The inscription on the School wreath was: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them,” from the Boys of Farnham Grammar School, in proud and joyful remembrance.”
In the June 2009 issue of the Farnhamian, Cyril Trust, the OFA’s historian, wrote a short article on the War Memorial, noting that of the 71 Old Boys who died, only 20 of these names are shown on the town’s War Memorial in Gostrey Meadow. Cyril went on to provide some biographical information on three of the Old Boys who fell in the Great War, partly based on on research published in Henry Ellwood’s Remembrance Books, copies of which are held in Farnham Museum.
Checking Cyril’s entries against the School’s Memorial revealed that one name is missing, that of William Henry Bastow, who attended Farnham Grammar School between 1904-
This means the total number of Old Boys who fell in the Great War is 72 and not 71. It also raises the question as to how and why William Bastow’s name was omitted from the War Memorial when, at the time of its unveiling, there must have been members of staff and Old Boys who remembered him.
At the time of writing further research is being undertaken by Cyril to determine how this error arose. Furthermore, in marking the centenary of the Great War it would seem appropriate that this unfortunate omission is rectified.
H. J. HOPWOOD