New memorial for school’s war fallen

Commodore Jeremy Rigby, a former Rossall pupil, and headteacher Elaine Purves with the Honours Board
Commodore Jeremy Rigby, a former Rossall pupil, and headteacher Elaine Purves with the Honours Board
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War heroes have been honoured with a new memorial at an independent school.

Rossall School has unveiled the Honours Board, which bears the names of 33 of its Old Rossallians who gave their lives in the two world wars, after the original board was lost.

The memorial has been installed in the school’s Spread Eagle Boarding House, where the 33 pupils studied.

It was “painstakingly” crafted by Garry Passam, the school’s former design and technology technician, who included images of some of the 33 fallen as well as the house and school crests.

And the memorial is surrounded by 33 ceramic poppies, made in the school’s art department, designed to mirror the ‘river of poppies’ at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The independent school on Broadway, founded in 1844, saw 280 of its pupils lose their lives during the conflict.