Poole Grammar School Memorial Oaks

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Poole Grammar School

Gravel Hill

Poole

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Tree/s
Materials:
  • Flora and Fauna Tree(s)
  • Metal Brass
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The two memorial oak trees and the associated plaque are close to the main entrance of the school, to the right of the driveway as you go in. Every year GCSE students visit the battlefields under the leadership of the Head of the History Department, Mr S G Powell. Mr Powell collected acorns from the British cemetery at Lijssenthoek and the German cemetery at Langemark and grew them into oak saplings before planting them out in the company of a group of students and the Head Teacher Mr A J Baker. As recorded on the plaque (see photo and transcription under the Names Tab) they were planted to commemorate the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in November 1918 though the plaque reflects the fact that the war did not formally end until the signing of peace treaties the following June 1919. Photographs of the ceremony can be seen on the Link.
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Poole Grammar School. In Remembrance of all of those who gave their lives from whichever nation in the Great War 1914-1919. These oaks are grown from acorns gathered in the British cemetery at Lijssenthoek and the German cemetery at Langemark in Belgium. Planted November 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

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