Combe Down School memorial

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Reference WMO233941

Address:

Combe Down Primary School

The Log Cabin

Church Road

Combe Down

Bath

BA2 5JQ

England

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A wooden memorial plaque commemorating former pupils of Combe Down School who died in the First World War, which is now in the modern Primary School's assembly hall in Summer Lane. This was where Harry Patch went to school. In 1921, Victor Williams, a former pupil who had lost his older brother Ewart Gladstone Williams in WW1, suggested the idea of a memorial plaque to the Headmaster, Mr Collins. The schoolchildren raised £3 which nearly covered the cost of the wood and Victor worked night after night for many weeks in the school woodworking room to make the plaque. Another former pupil, Tom Lloyd, carved all the names; a third, Alfred Nash, gilded the letters. (There are some errors.) The unveiling ceremony was held on 20 July 1921. Mrs Daubeny from The Brow, who had lost her only son in 1917 (see Daubeny window in Holy Trinity church), unveiled the plaque. At that time the school was located on the corner of Belmont Road. The top of the memorial is missing and so is lettering which once appeared at the bottom of the memorial which read 'CDS' and the Latin motto, “Respice Finem” (“look to the end”, or “consider the final outcome”). It is planned to regild the lettering during 2016.
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Combe Down School. To the Glory of God and in affectionate remembrance of the following old boys. Their name liveth forever.

Thomas Ainsworth,Charles Brinknorth [should read Brinkworth], Harold Chivers, William Chivers, William Clease, William Dowding, Albert Ferris, Herbert Francis [this should read Hubert], Reginald Francis [this should read Richard], Sidney Ford, Eric Grant, William Heal, Alfred Hillier, Sidney Hiscock, Herbert Janes, Edward Kellaway, Frederick Macey, Ewart Milsom, Sidney Millar, Lionel Morris, Charles Nash, Frederick Patch [this is Harry Patch's cousin], Alfred Pearce, Stanley Pearce, Albert Salter, Albert Sumsion, Frederick Toomer, George Toomer. Charles Wherrett, Reginald Whitaker, Charles Williams, Frederick Williams, Gilbert Williams, Gladstone Williams, Valentine Wilkinson, Lesley Young.

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