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Historic Tradition Kept Alive By School

Wednesday November 20 2013

A HISTORIC tradition of reading out the names of those taught at Barnsley Grammar who died in both world wars is being kept alive by Horizon Community College.

It's a tradition that's been in existence since the end of the First World War to recognise former pupils of Barnsley Grammar School, which was in the building where the Cooper Gallery is now before moving to Shaw Lane in 1912.

The ceremony used to be held at Holgate, the site of the old grammar school, which has since merged with Kingstone to form Horizon Community College.

Six year nine pupils from Horizon went to the Cooper Gallery on November 11 - built in 1769 as the new home for Barnsley Grammar School - where they joined Royal British Legion members and Barnsley mayor Cllr Ken Richardson for the special service.

It started with pupil Aidan Stirk playing the Reveille and then the names of 76 former pupils who died in World War One and 98 who perished in World War Two were read out by Aidan and fellow pupils Darcie Brown, Courtney Wright, Heloise Slater, Anthony Pagdin and Joe Sheldon.

A wreath was then laid in front of the war memorial plaque, upstairs in the Church Street gallery, by two pupils and the mayor.

Horizon governor John Bostwick, who organised the ceremony, said: "The reading of the names has been going on since 1918 for all the boys who were educated here when it was a school.

"It's vitally important to maintain this tradition to ensure their memory continues and acknowledges the sacrifice they made."

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Reply Posted by Mum of three on Thursday November 21 2013 at 06:26
Thats lovely.
Its so important that our children learn about this, show respect and try to ensure this doesn't happen again in their lifetime.
A good tradition to keep going.

Reply Posted by d on Thursday November 21 2013 at 14:14
I was there for all 5 services during my years at Holgate. Its good they still do it.

Reply Posted by Iris on Saturday November 23 2013 at 17:10
l remember it well at Holgate made the hairs on back of my neck stand up ...it is a lovely tradition so glad it wasn't lost when they closed Holgate.

Reply Posted by Kpo on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 22:12
This was a lovely tradition I took part in the service in my first year at holgate. It's brilliant that the new school has kept it going.

Reply Posted by Gay Yates on Monday February 24 2014 at 23:43
I was very touched to hear that you read out all the names of those former pupils who died in the wars.I have just found out that my great uncle Walter Booker is one of those from WW1.They were so young.Thank you for remembering them.

Reply Posted by sean on Sunday August 30 2015 at 23:14
Trying to contact Gay Yates to discuss Walter Reginald Booker - if you see this please email me

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