Sutton Grammar School dedicates its new World War Two Memorial

Sutton Grammar School dedicated its new World War Two Memorial on Sunday 15 November  at the school playing fields in Northey Avenue.  The original memorial stone is now embedded in a cairn made up of rocks from mountain peaks across the UK, each rock acting as a physical reminder of each fallen Old Suttonian.  The names of all of the Old Suttonians who died in the war, and after, are inscribed in slate memorials at the base of the main cairn.  The rocks themselves are representative of the very territory that the World War Two soldiers, sailors and airmen lost their lives defending.

The dedication ceremony was conducted by Old Suttonian Father Jack Noble and was attended by staff, former staff, cadets, former cadets, parents and old boys – fully representative of the Suttonian community.  A Guard of Honour was held, excellently executed by current Year 11 and 13 cadets under the command of Capt. R. Kempton, while current serving officers – Capt Reed (RN), Maj. Eze (Army), Flt. Lt. Toogood (RAF) and Lt. Marshall (Army) – read the names of the fallen and the Laurence Binyon poem, “For the Fallen”.  The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by students Will Haslam, Nick Smith and Robin Hartland, and the CCF contingent commander, Wing Commander David Hobbs, who conceived the idea of the new memorial, acted as the master of ceremonies for the service.