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The Great War

The Great War and Ipswich School

As we approach 11th November, we remember the sacrifices that were made by those impacted by World War I, not least the seventy two OIs who lost their lives in the conflict.

The Club is proud to have sponsored three projects which mark the 100 years since the conflict ended. Firstly, it has paid for the name of OI Stuart Nicholson Evans to be inscribed on the Great War memorial in the School Chapel as recent research uncovered that he was missing from the names listed. Secondly, a plaque has been produced commemorating OI’s who died in the conflict which is displayed in St George’s Church, Ypres.

Lastly, the Club has funded the creation of a memorial garden at the front of the School, which is currently displaying part of the Remembrance Doves memorial artwork officially opened by the Mayor of Ipswich Jane Riley, on Tuesday 6th November. The doves appear to fly in through the chapel window and inside hundreds more doves are suspended from the ceiling to stunning effect. Each dove represents a current pupil at the School, and carries the name of a person chosen by that pupil who served or was killed in the Great War - sometimes a family member of the pupil, or someone whose story has resonated with them.

OIs, friends and families are warmly welcome to visit the School on Sunday 11th November between 12pm and 2pm to see the Remembrance Doves and visit the Great War exhibition. The chapel will be open for quiet reflection and contemplation, and the Chapel Choir will provide a musical accompaniment whilst visitors view the doves. If you are planning on attending the Remembrance service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, please do come over and visit the School afterwards.

You are also very welcome to attend ‘Ipswich School: Our part in the Great War’, part of the School lecture series, which takes place in Great School on Wednesday 14th November, 4:45-6pm. Sixth Formers will be giving the lecture which explores the stories of several OIs, set against the wider context of the impact of the Great War on Suffolk’s schools. It promises to be a fascinating evening and we hope many of you will be able to come and hear more about the stories of these brave young men.

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