School honours 896 pupils killed in Great War

School honours 896 pupils killed in Great War

Pupils from the Preparatory School braved the rain to plant 896 crosses at a special ceremony today; each cross representing an Old Cliftonian who lost his life in the Great War.

The crosses were placed on Collins’ Piece where, 115 years ago, former pupil AEJ Collins made an impressive innings of 628 not out. This world-record cricket score still stands today.

The service was made even more poignant by the fact that it took place on the 100th anniversary of Collin’s death at the First Battle of Ypres.

The School was honoured to be joined by Collin’s great nephew Desmond Magrath and his great niece Rosemary Guyatt, who were invited to attend the service by the Old Cliftonian Society.

Both joined pupils in the Quad for the two-minute silence and later laid a wreath at the foot of the plaque commemorating Collin’s achievement.