Shrewsbury School

"The School will not forget"

Thursday 8 November 2018

This Remembrance Sunday the entire School will gather around the Sir Philip Sidney War Memorial for the annual Act of Remembrance to honour the Salopians who were killed in the two World Wars. 

This year, to mark the Centenary of the Armistice, the Heads of School will the read out the names of all 321 Old Salopians who died in World War 1.

The Salopians killed represent around one-fifth of those who served; a further 336 were wounded, 42 of them twice, 15 three times and 5 four times.

In August 2014, we embarked on a project to commemorate week by week each of the former pupils and masters of Shrewsbury School who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-18. Every week we have published on the school website the names and short obituaries of each Old Salopian to coincide with the centenary of their death, thereby creating a rolling archive over the four years of the War. The full archive can be viewed via the following link: Old Salopians in WW1 

That project is now nearing completion - although it does not end with the centenary of the Armistice. As the sad list of names below shows, some Old Salopians whose names are on the School Roll of Honour died of wounds or influenza after the War ended.

This coming week we mark the centenary of death of the following Old Salopians:  

Lieutenant William Hepton, 4th Reserve Cavalry Regiment attd. 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's).
Moser’s, left in 1903 for Oriel College, Oxford and thence into business. “Yorkshire born and bred.”

He passed safely through the perils of actual warfare, only to fall victim while on active service abroad to influenza two days before the Armistice was signed. He died in France on 9th November 1918, aged 34.
He is buried at Brebieres British Cemetery, France. Grave C. 7.

Captain Lawson Tait McClintock, King’s Royal Rifles
Hall’s, (now Rigg’s), 1st VIII cox for two years, left in 1895 for Edinburgh where he gained M.B and Ch.B. degrees. Appointed Medical Officer for Health for Loddon and Clavering Rural District Council, to include the Union Workhouse, he organised a Red Cross Hospital at the outbreak of war, subsequently being appointed Medical Officer with the King’s Royal Rifles.

He died of influenza in the United Kingdom on 11th November 1918, aged 39.

Lieutenant John Edwin Pugh, 210th Sqdn. Royal Air Force.
Moser’s. 1st VII.

Edwin Pugh came to the School in January 1913, and though a good all-round athlete, was specially distinguished as an oar. In the summer of 1914 he rowed bow in his House First Boat at the Head of the River. In 1915 he won the Challenge Oars and rowed stroke in the Head of the River Crew. In the School Eight at Henley, rowing at 6, he was at once marked out as an oarsman full of promise; but the War turned his thoughts, which had previously run on motor machines, to flying.

Going to Hendon as a pupil, he soon became a most expert aviator, passed thence into the R.N.A.S., and joined the fleet, where he remained flying his fighting plane. A longing to get to closer quarters with the enemy took him to France, where he was brought down and taken to a military hospital four miles from Charleroi. From there he sent a message:" I am still alive, but one lung pierced, also right leg and shoulder."

He died of his wounds on 12th November 1918, aged 19.
He is buried at Gosselies Communal Cemetery, France.

The first School Boathouse was built and named in memory of J.E. Pugh, thanks to the generosity of his family. A short film commemorating his life and death can be viewed here: Remembering J.Edwin Pugh and the Centenary of the Armistice. 

Captain Geoffrey Lamb Maule MRCS, LRCP, 27th Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps.
Haydon’s (now Rigg’s), left in 1909 for Christ’s College, Cambridge. Graduated MB and was house surgeon at Manchester Infirmary for two years before he joined the army in 1916.

Died of pneumonia in Mesopotamia on 15th November 1918, aged 27.
Buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave VII. J. 2.

"The School will not forget" is a line from a poem written by Revd C.A. Alington, Headmaster of Shrewsbury School during the First World War. It was published in The Times in December 1914. It is included in these pages, as it movingly articulates not only the thoughts of those left behind in 1914 to carry on the day-to-day business of the School, but also those of Salopians living and working here at Shrewsbury School 100 years later: To the School at War - a poem by Revd C.A. Alington, 1914

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