The Pupils’ Memorial

The Pupils’ Memorial was erected in memory of those boys who died at the School during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It may be found in the churchyard of All Saints’ Parish Church, which is in Church Lane in Witley village, near the junction with Petworth Road. Church Lane is on the left hand side, less than a mile from the school, immediately opposite The White Hart public house; and the memorial is in the extreme north east corner of the churchyard.

For many years the memorial was carefully tended by Bertie and Rosemary Mawer, but subsequently much of the stone surround was becoming detached, and it was also being invaded by ivy and brambles. In 2010 this was cleared, overgrown trees were cut back and the paths were also cut and tidied.  Since then, as the result of an appeal, it has been possible to reset the stone edging and also re-cut the names, this time onto granite plaques. It is hoped that pupils from the school will maintain it in the future as part of their community service work.

The restoration work cost £5,700, much of which came from the OW community – a big thank you to all who contributed. If you feel able to help out, even in a small way, please visit our Pupils’ Memorial Restoration Appeal page.

Looking at the names and ages of these young people reminds us how fragile life was in that period and how fortunate we are today, with improved diet and medical care.  It is intended to produce a register of all those remembered on the memorial, which will be kept at the school.  Below are the original inscriptions on the three faces of the Memorial; the updated version will replace this as soon as available.

SOUTH FACE


To the Memory

-of-

THE FOLLOWING BOYS

WHO DIED AT

KING EDWARD’S SCHOOL WITLEY

AND ARE INTERRED IN THIS CHURCHYARD

 

THOMAS NEWLAND

DIED SEPT 21 1868 AGED 13

WILLIAM J MARSHALL

DIED JUNE 25 1872 AGED 15

JOSEPH C DREW

DIED NOV 9 1873 AGED 13

GEORGE DENNISON

DIED DEC 16 1875 AGED 12

HENRY C LONDON

DIED JAN 26 1876 AGED 13

 

THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THE

KING EDWARD’S SCHOOL

[WITLEY]

OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION MAY 1910

 

EAST FACE


FRANK SCOTT

DIED DEC 1881 AGED 14

JAMES EVANS

JUNE 6 1882 AGED 14

GEORGE BAMFIELD

DIED SEP 11 1882 AGED 14

GEORGE H MOTT

DIED JAN 28 1884 AGED 14

WILLIAM W MARSTON

DIED MARCH 14 1884 AGED 14

CHARLES W F BULL

DIED MAY 13 1888 AGED 11

JOHN MANSFIELD

DIED NOV 13 1918 AGED 13

 

NORTH FACE


WILLIAM ARTHUR UPPERTON

DIED MARCH 15 1919 AGED 14

FREDERICK GEORGE BULLARD

DIED MAY 30 1919 AGED 12

ALAN CLIFFARD UMBERS

DIED NOV 2 1927 AGED 15

JOHN BERNARD DOXAT PRATT

DIED MARCH 21 1928 AGED 14

JOHN ALFRED PERCY BENN

DIED OCT 17 1929 AGED 12

HUW WYN GRIFFITH

DIED MARCH 2 1935 AGED 12

JACK WINTER

DIED MARCH 4 1935 AGED 12

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