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WW1 Centenary

234 Old Berkhamstedians lost their lives in service to their country during World War One. In this year in which we mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, Berkhamsted School remembers the 232 boys and two girls who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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On 17 September 2014, Principal Mark Steed began a tribute to these Old Berkhamstedians in which he announces, 100 years on, the deaths of OBs in the next assembly following the day they fell. A Berkhamsted School Twitter feed – link below – has been set up to commemorate individually those who fell on the 100th anniversary of their death in the instances where the details are known. The first OB remembered was Lt Miller of the Immediate Reaction Force who died of his wounds on 13/09/1914 aged 21.

The Principal also wrote a personal tribute to former Headmaster Charles Greene, who endured the death in service during World War One of 232 of his former pupils – please access via the link below:

On Friday 19 September, an Art Exhibition in the School Chapel was opened with an Act of Reflection attended by members of the School community.

The Exhibition features works by the School’s Head of Art, Caroline Ferguson, who was inspired by a School History trip to the Battlefields, and Sixth Form art students as well as images from the School’s Archive.

The School Archive photographs include poignant images of pupils from that era, some of whom were soon to lose their lives. Photos of two of the School’s three Victoria Cross recipients, Brett Mackay Cloutman and George Randolph Pearkes, along with descriptions of how they earned the highest military honour, are also a feature of the Exhibition, which will be on display until Remembrance Sunday.

Head of Art at Berkhamsted School, Caroline Ferguson, with examples of her work, which was inspired by a school trip to the Battlefields.