These words of the fourth stanza of Robert Laurence Binyon's poem "For the Fallen" have become especially famous and familiar, following their adoption by the Royal British Legion as an exhortation for ceremonies of Remembrance to commemorate fallen Service personnel.
The Wrekin College archive contains no details as to the commission or erection of the marble memorial plaque, located in the chapel, in memory of the Old Wrekinian fallen of the First World War. We do know from the records that it was in-situ when the new chapel organ was dedicated in February 1922. The names and units of the deceased would have been drawn from the records and information available to the college at the time.
Originally forty-eight names were inscribed, with a further six added in the years 2007-10, bringing the total to fifty-four. As at November 2022 one name has yet to be added, that of W.A. Wilmot, RNAS. bringing the total to fifty-five. A century on, access to all of the surviving records held in the numerous archives both in the UK and overseas now show the original memorial to contain in excess of twenty seven errors.
The following pages open a window into their lives; in addition they set the record straight and accord the fallen their correct rank and unit at time of their death, the first in March 1915 and the last in November 1918.
These are their stories.
A downloadable PDF version [9.6MB] of all of this information, together with accompanying photographs etc, is available below.
This site is dedicated to the former pupils of Wrekin College; formerly Wellington (Salop) College, Shropshire, who fought in the Great War of 1914-18 and especially to the memory of the fifty-four who made the ultimate sacrifice.