S. Anselm’s held its annual Remembrance Service on Friday morning to remember former pupils who fell in the Great War and Second World War, as well as those who have given their lives in military or civilian service subsequently. 

This year we also remembered all those in our emergency services who have worked tirelessly to protect us throughout the pandemic.

We gathered on the Head’s Lawn, whilst the school flag stood at half mast, to make our act of remembrance. The pupils were immaculately dressed, all wearing their poppies proudly and as always, showed their respect with dignity. 

The pupils had practiced carefully and read the prayers and poems with confidence and care.

A wreath of poppies was laid at the flagpole and the school sang the hymn The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended.

We are particularly grateful to Ms Johnston for playing the Last Post and Rouse on her cornet to mark the beginning and end of the two minutes silence.

We were pleased that parents were able to join us too as we heard brief histories of the lives of some of the former pupils who died in battle. Their names have been further commemorated this year by renaming our classrooms in their honour. 

We will remember them.

Here is an excerpt from the service where we heard about the lives of the Old Anselmians who fell in battle.

3F have a classroom named Eadon. Alfred Mitchell Eadon was born in 1891 and started S. Anselm’s in 1902. His family home was in Tapton, Sheffield. He was Head Boy and left to go to Charterhouse School. He died in 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign.

4B’s classroom is now named Farmer. James Ingleby Farmer was born in 1895 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1906. His family home was in Ripon, Yorkshire. James was Head Boy. James was initially reported as “Missing in Action” in 1915, aged 20, in France.

5B’s classroom is named Halcomb. Leslie Broughton Halcomb was born in 1896 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1909. His family home was in Sheffield. Leslie was Head Boy. He left S. Anselm’s to go to Repton School. He died, aged 21, less than 3 weeks before the end of the First World War.

6B have a classroom named Kneen. Thomas Paul Kneen was born in 1914 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1923. His family home was on the Isle of Man. Thomas was a Prefect and Head Boy. He trained in Victoria, Australia and died in this action in 1942 in New Guinea.

6S’s classroom is named Laurence. Dudley Sidney Laurence was born in 1897. He started at S. Anselm’s in 1906, leaving in 1911 to go to Winchester School. He died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 aged 19.

7B’s classroom is now named Lockwood. David Eadon Lockwood was born in 1911 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1921. His family home was in Ranmoor, Sheffield. He went on to Charterhouse School. He died in an attack in June 1944.

7E have a classroom named Prentice. John Robert Prentice was born in 1898 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1910 to 1912, before he moved to Fettes School. He died of wounds sustained in 1918 aged 20.

8L study in a classroom named Knowles. Stephen Knowles was born in 1896 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1906. His family home near Bolton, Lancashire. He was Head Boy and left S. Anselm’s in July 1910 to go to Repton. Stephen died of wounds received in action in 1916 during an attack.

8S often walk past a classroom named Antrobus. Norman Briggs Antrobus was born in 1893 and started at S. Anselm’s in 1903. His family home was in Manchester. He died in 1915 aged 22 during a German counterattack at Hooge, Belgium.