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War Memorial Quadrangle

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The subscription fund for a memorial to Old Aluredians who fell in the Great War was opened in 1916. The final memorial comprised a stone cross placed in the Chapel Quadrangle and a marble slab bearing the names of the fallen on the wall leading to the Chapel.

The memorial was designed by architect Walter E Tower who had designed the Chapel and was dedicated by the Bishop of Bath and Wells on 6 March 1920. The inscription at the base of the cross can be translated as ‘To the Old Aluredians who died gloriously for their country 1914-1919. From afar they await the last trumpet call’.

The memorial to those Old Aluredians who fell in World War II comprised a new science block at one end of the Memorial Quadrangle and was dedicated on 6 July 1957 by HRH Princess Margaret. A Gate of Honour, designed by Lawrence Bradshaw, leads off the Quadrangle to the new building, central to which is a marble memorial containing the names of the Old Aluredians, a master and a member of the domestic staff who fell.

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The War Memorials are a focus of the school’s commemorations of Remembrance Day. Each year, after a special Chapel service, the whole school gathers in the Quadrangle while the names of the fallen are read out. The Last Post is played and a serving Old Aluredian lays a wreath at the Cross. Books of Remembrance for the fallen of both wars are just inside the Chapel. Anyone who wishes to consult them is free to do so.

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Our Pringle team have returned victorious after competing in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at CTCRM Lympstone. This prestigious military competition is attended by schools from across the country, and challenges leadership, teamwork, decision-making, fitness and specific military knowledge.

Not only did the team win the overall title, they also lifted five individual trophies, making this the best result in the school's history.

More information to follow, plus a gallery of images from the weekend.