They shall not grow old

by | 30 November 2017 | Gainsborough, Heritage

A team of staff at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough, are delighted to have completed a project to raise a stunning memorial to those old boys of the school who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.

The seven-foot high brick and stone memorial column now stands proudly outside the entrance to upper school on Morton Terrace. It is capped off with a top-stone featuring both classical remembrance poppies, and some that are more representative of those that grow at home in the fields of Lincolnshire. Top quality brass plaques are awaiting fitting — these detail the names and ranks of the fallen, along with some well-known poetic phrases that capture the feelings of the school towards these lost young lives. The column blends in with the architecture of the school building, and really does look like it’s been there forever.

The project started when the staff, who run an annual First World War poetry trip to the battlefields of the Somme in Northern France, felt that the rusting flagpole that the pupils gathered around on Remembrance Day was not a fitting tribute to their fallen Old Boys. So they set about planning and fundraising for a more dignified memorial.

Two years further on, and numerous ‘non-uniform days’, quizzes and generous individual donations later, the project is complete and was officially opened on 9th November.