Old Monovians; Remembrance

Remembrance

 

Each year a ceremony is held in the Memorial Quadrangle at Monoux in memory of the 150 fellow Monovians who gave their lives in the 1914-1918 war, the 1939-1945 war, and the Falklands war 1982. All Monovians, whether members or not, are invited to join with us on this occasion.

'I know you are there
When I feel a breeze, I know you are there.
A shining star in the dark night sky, I know you are there.
The midday sun blinds my eyes; I know you are there.
The freezing snow bites my toes; I know you are there.
I see the blooms of spring; I know you are there.

'The glorious colours of summer remind me, you are there.
The autumn leaves have fallen; I know you are there.
My only wish is that you where here, and not over there.'

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ROLL OF HONOUR


The 1914-18 War


H P Alexander
H B K Allpass
E T Allpass
A S Archer
A S Armstrong
S A Baker
V P Bayne
M W Braithwaite
E B D Brunton
L Champ
R C Chilvers
G T Clarke
R T Colling
P O Cooper
A V Cox
F Cubitt
H Dean
C Deards
R G Denton
J H Dodsley
H H Dongray
F W Dunstan
J H J Fowles
H R Foxton
P A T Godley
G L Goodes
D O Hardwick
L C Hickey
A E Howes
E S Hyde
S W Jones
T H Kirk
F W Legg
W R Lloyd
P E Luckock
H Marshall
D A Mead
C A Montague
O G Newmarch
D J H Oswald
F H Peace
J A Pearson (staff)
W H Peek
A B Penn
L M Pibel
H R Pracy
F J Pritchard
T Pruden
H Randall
L St C Read

G M Reeve
A H Robbins
J C Roy
E Schwartz
W A Scruby
S Sheppard
F Silver
T W Sizer
L G Smith
P J D Smith
P H Taylor
F D Thompson
C L Tongue
G T Tuckwell
G D Turk
A W Wallace
F A Walton
S G Weatherton
F E Wheeler
F H Wheeler
A Wildash
R F Woodstack

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The 1939-45 War

J R Andrews
K Allen
A T Baker
F A Barnsley
R D Barry
R E Bennett
C A W Biggs
W E Brewster
D J M Bush
S H Bush
D Ia Cartwright
A R Chittenden
P R Clarke
R J Clohosy
W H Conyers
F E Cooke
F Crosier
S G Dore
E R Eastoe
L F Eastoe
P M C Ellis
E E Evershed
K Fairfoull
D R O Ford
S C Fordham
J D Friend
M C Garnish
D R A Garrick

S W Green
P E Guest
F E Harlock
L Harris
B Hayes
N Hayes
V F Hayes
H J Hickman
K R Hipkin
D C Holley
D G How
J K Howarth
P Hunt
F W Hutchinson
I R Johnson
R L Jones
D G Keith
L J L King
D J Kingdon
E G W Lewis
R A Lewis
J S Lobar
C E Norris
A G Palmer
D A L Payne
W E Peterken
B A Read
R B Rhodes
V Richter
H N Rickard
L C Roots
A W Salmon
E H Scott
R W Scott
R Sinclair
R H Smith
F S Snelling
S T Southgate
W J Spicer
H M G Stoffer
L Swain
C A Taylor
C Thomerson
L J Trapp
C W Vincent
R Wharton
R A Whellams
R H Williams
A C R Wilson
E Wingatends

The Falklands War 1982

J Burt

  


 

WAR MEMORIAL DEDICATION 1949

 

memorialA very reverend and very impressive service took place at the School in the afternoon of Saturday, the 13th of November. This was the unveiling and dedication of the War Memorial Tablet in the garden of Remembrance in the north quadrangle in grateful memory of the seventy-six Old Boys who gave their lives in the war.

The afternoon was grey and still with patches of late autumn sunshine and the School Hall, where the service of remembrance was held, was filled parents with and relatives of those who had fallen, members of the staff, old boys, and friends of the School. The service, which had been arranged almost in its entirety by Dr. P.B.Whitt, the Second Master, was conducted by the Rev. J.C.Ellis formely Second Master of the staff and now vicar of Northfield, Birmingham. With him were Alderman Chaplin, chairman of the School Governors, the Headmaster, Mr. Stirrup, two Old Boys, candidates for the ministry, F.C.Carpenter and A.F.Auckland, and amongst those present were the Mayor and Mayoress of Walthamstow (Councillor Miss D. Wrigley and Mrs. M. Crosier), School Governors and local officials. The School choir occupied the rear of the platform and led the singing, and Mr. Belchambers played the introductory music and accompanied the service.

After sentences from the Scriptures, Psalm 23 (Brother James Air) and Collects, the hymn, The Supreme Sacrifice, was sung. This was followed by readings by Carpenter and Auckland from "Ecclesiasticus" and "Revelation" and then the Rev. J.C.Ellis gave an impressive and touching address. He claims to be representative of the four elements associated with the afternoon's ceremony in that he was a parent of one of the seventy six boys who had died in the war, had known nearly every one of them, had been a member of the teaching staff for nearly twenty years, and was a priest of the church and a veteran of the First World War. The present state of the world depressed and distressed. On two occasions in the life-time of those who were his age, there had been no alternative but to choose the evil of war, the lesser of the two evils, whether to fight regardless of the cost, or to stand aside and make way for the rule of wrong over right. On looking back on our choice our consciences were clear. We were troubled because events were threatening to shape themselves into a colossal hammer, which might shatter every hope and dream the young men had died for. We asked ourselves: "Is human nature never going to improve?" We were struck by this jarring note in human progress and were searching for a way of life to see that the awful price of victory was used and not wasted. When we dreamed of a better world what were we to put our faith in? Could we put it in the pursuit of material comforts, in schemes of social amelioration, in child welfare and free education, in housing campaigns and increased wages? Our only hope for a better world, concluded Mr. Ellis, lay in the reawakening of the knowledge that we cannot do without God. We needed a reawakening of the worshipping heart of man. This meant a change of heart in each individual, and without this change of heart it meant that our boys had died in vain. This was the grim and inescapable challenge they had left behind. There was no other way, no other hope. "Apart from Me ye can do nothing." That was the message he heard from those Monoux boys. After the address the hymn, Jesus lives! thy terrors now, was sung and then followed the Lord's Prayer and the Benediction.

Those taking part in the unveiling ceremony together with the relatives then filed out into the quadrangle and took up positions facing the memorial Tablet. The ceremony was relayed by loud-speaker to those remaining in the hall. The Last Post was sounded by cadets of the Walthamstow squadron of the A.T.C. An Old Monovian, N.A.C.Bignell, who served in the war, then unveiled the Memorial Tablet, which was dedicated by Mr. Ellis. There followed two minutes' silence, the Reveille, and a prayer, and then the Garden of Remembrance was handed over to the Captain of the School by Flt.-Lieut.  .A.C.Jermott, D.F.C., D.F.M., another Old Monovian. The School Captain, on accepting, recited Laurence Binyon's beautiful and well known lines beginning "They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old," then followed the National Anthem and the simple yet unforgettable ceremony was at an end. Relatives and friends placed wreaths and bunches of flowers at foot of the Tablet, and later in the School library old acquaintances were renewed and old memories evoked as masters, parents, and old boys met for awhile before dispersing.

R.


MEMORIAL GARDEN POOL 1949


The pool is 24 feet long and 12 feet wide, and has a paved surround 6 feet wide. There is a margin of shallow water but elsewhere the depth is two and a half feet. It is unfortunate that the pool cannot be planted for the Dedication Service on November 13th: this must wait until May. Plants to be grown in the margin include marsh-marigolds, water iris and musk, while water lilies are to be grown in the deeper water. Various kinds of oxygenating plants will be grown too. Fresh water mussels and water snails will be introduced when the pool is planted. Fish will be added later. The plants will be obtained from Messrs. G.and R.Perry of Enfield, who are specialists in water gardening. A representative of this firm has visited the site and given us detailed advice on the selection of the plants. The many who have helped in the work of construction must feel that they have contributed in a very practical way towards what we hope will be a worthy memorial. Mr Ames, of course, has done a great dael and perhaps the mos6t active of the boys have been Lidbury, J. and P. Tavernere, Rumble, Childs, Joliffe, Kay and Merrett. We hope that during the next Summer term we shall have the same enthusiasm for diging and preparing the rest of the quad.
A.G.B.

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