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Dame Alice Owen’s School World War 1 Memorial

1914-1919 SCHOLAE OWENIANAE ALUMNOS ALUMNI SALVTANT
Translation: “We salute the alumni of Owen’s School”

whole-memorialOur First World War Memorial lists 170 names of former students who attended our original Owen’s Boys’ School in Islington and died in the service of our Country between 1914-1919.

Old Owenians from our Islington School will remember the large tablet of dark-blue Cornish Delabole slate inscribed with names in gilded letters sited under the balcony at the back of the old School Hall.  R.A. Dare B.A., in his book first published in 1963: “A History of Owen’s School (1613-1976)”, tells us that the ceremony of the unveiling, which took place on Tuesday 8th November, 1921, was performed by Major-General G.D. Jeffreys, C.B., C.M.G., G.O.C. London Command, and was “one of the most moving spectacles ever seen at the School”.

He also noted that all through the war, at his own expense, Headmaster Mr R.F. Cholmeley had generously sent every Old Boy on active service a copy of the School magazine whether he was a subscriber or not. During the war years, he received the honour of being awarded the O.B.E..

remembrance_day_programme_2014_front_pageWhen the Boys’ School was closed in the mid 1970’s, the tablet was put into storage until an Appeal raised the money to have it transferred to its current position in the grounds of our School here in Potters Bar.

We hold a Remembrance Service every year on 11th November, or as close to the date as possible, in School lunchtime at the War Memorial at 1.15pm for staff and students to attend. Old Owenian, Mr Bill Hamilton-Hinds, arranges the Service.

Bible readings and prayers are read out by our Headteacher and senior staff, our Head Boy and Girl lay a wreath (supplied by an Old Owenian), one minutes silence is held and a selection of names are read from the Book of Remembrance.

last_post_nov_14Last Post is performed by a student trumpeter. If it’s raining, the Service is held in our Main Hall.

A Remembrance Service programme is published every year, listing those who died in both the First World War and the Second World War.

In 2016, we were successful in our application to the War Memorials Trust (WMT) Grants for funds to repair the gilded lettering on our War Memorial, which was restored during the summer holiday.

Please find below the list of names which appear on our Memorial:

1906 -1907
1908 -1914
1909 – 1916
1902 – 1907
1894 – 1899
1904 – 1910
1909 – 1912
1904 – 1909
1910 – 1911
1896 – 1899
1890 – 1894
1894 –
1901 – 1909
1906 – 1911
1899 – 1904
1904 – 1906
1909 – 1914
1908 – 1910
1902 – 1906
1905 – 1911
1899 – 1902
1903 – 1909
1904 – 1912
1909 – 1915
1897 –
1903 – 1905
1902 – 1906
1899 – 1901
1901 – 1903
1903 – 1906
1906 – 1908
1899 – 1907
1911 – 1913
1904 – 1908
1903 – 1905
1903 – 1908
1910 – 1912
1902 – 1908
1901 – 1903
1911 – 1914
1902 – 1905
1892 – 1898
1905 – 1913
1901 – 1908
1888 – 1892
1905 – 1906
1913 – 1917
1898 – 1904
1901 – 1903
1911 – 1914
1914 – 1915
1905 – 1913
1905 – 1911
1905 – 1911
1897 – 1900
1905 – 1909
1904 – 1907
1913 – 1915
1895 – 1898
1903 – 1909
1911 – 1915
1905 – 1910
1890 – 1893
1912 – 1914
1911 – 1912
1911 – 1912
1895 – 1899
1900 – 1905
1910 – 1912
1903 – 1904
1910 – 1912
1906 – 1911
1904 – 1912
1906 – 1912
1907 – 1911
1898 – 1904
1905 – 1907
1907 – 1910
1898 – 1904
1897 – 1903
1899 – 1900
1906 – 1911
1906 – 1910
1908 – 1912
1907 – 1909
Adcock, H P
Akehurst, E C
Andrews, L B
Angas, L G
Austin, C W A C
Baker , W F
Barnes, C H
Barrenger, H G
Batchelor, N V
Battersby, E J
Beard, H L
Beckett, G A
Bell, C M
Binckes, R
Blight, C F
Blunn, C R
Boote, J A
Booth, W
Broughton, W C R
Boulting, S E
Bowler, G B
Bromfield, K
Broughton, L A
Burrowes, B W O
Burrows, G E
Cansfield, H D
Cansfield, V M
Capham, P W
Clark, H T
Cockett, A W
Cooper, C Ashley
Coward, L G
Crawford, C J
Craymer, D C
Crossman, F R
Csako, E S
Dames, C L
Daphne, A
Davie, J
Davies, V E
Davis, K B
Dewsbury, C B
Dickson, M J B
Dolwin, C J
Dowding, I W
Evans, O J
Fawley, R W H
Field, C L
Finnis, W F
Flaxman, E J
Forsyth, D C
Foulger, J T
Fromant, H D S
Gabriel, F G
Gibson, T H
Glover, J B
Goodworth, C J
Grace, F
Gray, M C
Greville, S
Hagon, W A
Harding, W
Harrower, J
Haughton, C R
Heathcock, H A
Hills, P R
Hirschbein, W H
Hopkins, H L
Hopper, C W
Huddy, A M
Huggins, L
Hutchison, W F
James, H F
Jones, H G
Kearns, W G
Kelly, P P
Kemp, S
Killingback, S G
King, H G
King, J
Kinsley, L M
Kitchen,  J E
Knott, R F
Knott, R M
Knowers, P A
1907 – 1913
1896 – 1901
1900 –
1903 – 1910
1908 – 1913
1898 – 1904
1905 – 1908
1907 – 1912
1909 – 1913
1900 –
1907 – 1910
1905 – 1908
1902 – 1906
1907 – 1912
1907 – 1910
1904 – 1909
1902 – 1908
1899 – 1905
1911 – 1915
1909 – 1914
1905 – 1910
1909 – 1914
1902 – 1909
1902 – 1906
1906 –
1890 – 1896
1884 – 1892
1905 – 1908
1907 – 1913
1905 – 1911
1906 – 1910
1907 – 1911
1904 – 1907
1909 – 1912
1902 – 1908
1904 – 1908
1902 – 1906
1906 – 1907
1906 –
1911 –
1906 – 1911
1909 – 1915
1905 – 1908
1894 – 1897
1899 – 1904
1898 – 1900
1906 – 1910
1908 – 1912
1907 – 1912
1904 – 1911
1902 – 1904
1905 – 1909
1897 – 1901
1892 – 1894
1907 – 1913
1904 – 1906
1913 – 1915
1903 – 1911
1895 – 1902
1901 – 1903
1907 – 1909
1902 – 1905
1890 –
1905 – 1915
1891 – 1896
1905 – 1909
1910 – 1916
1907 – 1912
1908 – 1913
1908 – 1915
1903 – 1908
1903 – 1908
1907 – 1915
1908 – 1915
1902 – 1903
1904 – 1906
1903 – 1909
1907 – 1911
1907 – 1911
1906 – 1908
1906 – 1913
1906 – 1911
1905 – 1911
1902 – 1907
1907 – 1911
Lempriere, E G R
Levy, F S
Lion, A J
Lyon, L E
MacDonald, A L
Mackie, D Y
Machin, W G
Maddox, C P
Matthews, A T
Matthews, T T B
Medcalfe, J R
Medhurst, E H
Mercer, G A
Mills, C G
Millem, H
Milne, A D
Milner, W F
Mitchell, C C
Moore, R
Morris, P S
Nash, T J
Natali, P H
Newland, A K
Newland, H B
Newman, C
Nicholls, E J
Norris, W C J
Nowell, E H
Ord, H J
Organ, H P
Owen, L O
Palmer, L A
Parsley, R J
Parsons, G J
Patrick, G C
Peall, S G
Pearce, C D F
Pearson, G F
Peasnell, F G
Plergny, V W du
Pook, W
Poole, N
Price, E S
Price, W G
Rabley, E A
Rees, S C
Reese, A  MC
Reeve, S M
Reeves, F
Reid, A
Reid, GR
Robinson, R
Salmon, V E T
Samuel, F
Sandell, R L
Saunders, F J B
Seaman, A W
Serjeant, C L
Serjeant, H M
Shurrock, C W
Simpson, H A
Skinner, P G
Small, E R
Solomons, M
Stromqvist, S G
Surry, N F
Swallow, E H
Taylor, H V
Thompson, S J
Tiley, G C
Tiplady, F E
Twort, A E
Waller, T E F
Ward, E
Warwick, F H
Webber, D H
Webber, H W T
Wheeler, W D
Whenman, J C
Willis, E F
Wilson, C
Wilson, E H
Windsor, A C
Winter, R B
Wright, F C

 

Dame Alice Owen’s School World War 2 Memorial

The large oak Memorial Lectern (below left) which resides permanently on the stage of our Main Hall is our Memorial to those 90 former students and 1 former member of staff, who died in the Second World War.  Names are listed separately on the side wall of the Main Hall in a frame (below right), which was dedicated on Wednesday 8th December, 1954, at a Special Service in the Islington School Hall. Photos are shown below and names given.

ww2_lettering

 

1923 – 1930 Abrahall, T H 1928 – 1933 Large, H E
1922 – 1929 Alderton, W A F 1927 – 1933 Lawler, P J F
1918 – 1923 Aldous, H N 1931 – 1938 Leaf, A E
1918 – 1926 Backlog, C P 1933 – 1936 Lott, D H P
1923 – 1926 Balchin, R F 1934 – 1939 Lowe, D S
1931 – 1937 Baldwin, L W 1933 – 1936 Luck, L
1933 – 1938 Baumber, R C 1925 – 1930 Maltz, D
1935 – 1940 Bedwell, A E 1932 – 1936 Mandall, S R
1931 – 1936 Bennett, H 1915 – 1920 Mardall, F
1935 – 1940 Bolton, S D 1933 – 1938 Mazin, F M
1932 – 1937 Bramwell, R H 1933 – 1938 Mills, P B
1933 – 1938 Burgess, A C 1929 – 1934 Mullens, S G
1930 – 1937 Burroughs, J G 1932 – 1936 Myers, P N
1928 – 1933 Cardnell, C F 1932 – 1938 Norregaard, A
1926 – 1933 Carpenter, S G 1934 – 1940 O’Brien, W T J
1934 – 1937 Cassidy, G J 1935 – 1942 Ovis, R D
1924 – 1925 Couchman, R 1935 – 1940 Nurnberg, C
1934 – 1939 Crowther, W T 1923 – 1929 Prescott, T C
1934 – 1939 Davenport, R E 1921 – 1928 Purkis, B L
1934 – 1937 Davy, F E T 1925 – 1932 Redmond, L C
1933 – 1937 Dearsley, H F 1921 – 1925 Reekie, A G
1927 – 1934 Dinnis, G 1936 – 1939 Rees, A E
1929 – 1934 Dorrington, W C 1933 – 1938 Rimer, J F
1928 – 1933 Dowling, A N 1906 – 1911 Rogers, G C
1933 – 1938 Ede, A J 1929 – 1934 Rowe, A F
1933 – 1938 Evans, R J B 1933 – 1936 Sharp, A E
1930 – 1935 Feldman, M H 1921 – 1924 Sharp, A H
1917 – 1924 Fisher, J F 1938 – 1939 Smith, D E
1933 – 1935 Follett, E G 1934 – 1937 Smith, P D
1928 – 1933 Foxell, J D 1908 – 1913 Sole, F S
1933 – 1937 Freeman, R H 1934 – 1938 Soulsby, G
1934 – 1939 Gillard, R H 1934 – 1939 Stephens, G H
1931 – 1936 Groom, J A 1932 – 1935 Stevens, R W G
1934 – 1938 Hancock, P G 1929 – 1936 Stiffin, J A
1936 – 1939 Hawkes, R J T 1928 – 1931 Stokes, D J
1924 – 1931 Henstridge, T J 1931 – 1936 Tasker, K J
1934 – 1939 Hickling, A W 1934 – 1939 Taylor, K E F
1936 – 1939 Holmes, A L 1931 – 1936 Thorneycroft, W G
1932 – 1936 Hubbard, F C 1931 – 1934 Ulph, R A
1926 – 1933 Hulls, A R 1925 – 1932 Ware, F E
1933 – 1939 Hume, J J 1936 – 1939 Whitebrook, J
1925 – 1930 Hunter, N T 1934 – 1939 Wilson, R C
1932 – 1938 Jarvis, E L 1925 – 1930 Wisher, J H
1939 – 1940 Jonas, A R 1929 – 1934 Yardley, W J T
1924 – 1930 Jupp, H S 1938 – 1943 Swift, H C (Staff)
1929- 1936 Kemp, I P

War Memorial to the victims of the London Blitz

owens_fields_memorialA Memorial to the people who died in the Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School air raid shelter on 15th October, 1940 was officially unveiled on Tuesday 18th October, 2005.

The Memorial is sited at Owen’s Fields (left), City and Islington College, London. This is where the old playground was, between Owen’s Boys’ School and Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School on Owen Street.

The following account is taken from the Memorial programme produced by City and Islington College:

“The night of 15 October 1940 was the night of the heaviest air raids of the autumn. Flying conditions were good with a full moon and 400 bombers attacked London, dropping incendiary bombs and high explosives.

On this night about 150 people, who mainly lived in the surrounding area, had come to sleep in the public air raid shelter in the basement of Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School. The school building stood 50 metres south of the commemorative panels. There were many families with children and elderly people.

At 20.07 hours, as people were settling in for the night, a large parachute high explosive bomb – a land mine – hit the school directly and most of the building collapsed. The explosion also shattered the major water main (The New River) in front of the building, which ran to the reservoir near Sadler’s Wells. People were crushed or trapped in the basement, which began to fill with water.

Local people started rescue work immediately. They were later joined by uniform services, who were dealing with incidents all over London. Some people were rescued, including the school caretaker’s wife, Mrs Burley, who was photographed being carried from the ruins 17 hours after the bomb fell. The picture was sent all over the world and became an icon of the London Blitz. This picture is shown on the panels.

But the majority died in the shelter or afterwards in hospital. The last bodies arrived at the mortuary on 8 November after more than three weeks of recovery work. Seventeen of the bodies were unidentified. The names, which are known of those who died, are recorded on the panels.

Throughout London, 430 people were killed on the night of 15 October and there was huge damage to water, gas and electricity supplies and to five major railway stations.”

A commemorative Peace Garden has since also been created behind the college and anyone wishing to visit the garden should contact the Director of the City and Islington Sixth Form College, Keren Abse at 311 Goswell Road, London Borough of Islington, EC1V 7L. Their website for further contact details is:

www.candi.ac.uk