They did not grow old…

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Jim Webster


It’s a funny old world; I went along to a ‘school reunion.’ To cut to the chase, Barrow Boy’s Grammar School had two memorial boards for the old boys and masters who died in the two world wars.

When the school was demolished, the boards were saved and today there was a short dedication service as they were put up in the foyer of the Town Hall.

There was a chance to meet people who I might not have seen for forty or more years, and a chance to listen to a talk about some of the names on the boards.

Unusually the Grammar School had more names on the board for the Second World War than for the First. In the First World War, Grammar school boys were regarded as excellent officer material, and a high proportion died, leading from the front.

In the Second World War, apparently Grammar…

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