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Compiled and copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards


"Floreat scuola Bedfordiensis."

THE Old Bedfordians' Club erected a Memorial Hall to the honour of Four Hundred and Fifty Four Old Boys who were killed in the Great War. The building, which was placed to the west of the main School Building, contains a Hall, Library, Storerooms and Cloakrooms. It was opened by H.R.H. Prince Henry on July 26th, 1926. In the unavoidable absence of the Bishop of St. Albans, the Memorial was dedicated by the Lord Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. J. A. F. Gregg, an Old Bedfordian. The architect, O. P. Milne, Esq., F.R.I.B.A., the head of the firm of Messrs. S. F. Foster (the builders), and the general foreman, Mr. R. Robinson, were presented to His Royal Highness.

The Library occupied the lower floor of the building. Placed around the Hall, which was on the first floor immediately facing the staircase, was panelling on which was written the names of the Fallen. The panels were in blue with gold lettering; five were situated on each side of the central panel, on which was the following inscription: "In memory of old Bedfordians who gave their lives in the War, 1914-1918." On either side of this inscription were the names of Countries and Battlefields in a scroll design.

This entailed a blank wall in the upper part of the North Gable, and there, outside, was a niche for a statue of St. George; under this niche were two Doric columns resting on a base stone with the dates "1914-1918" upon it. The alcove had a shell pattern canopy of fine design; the South Gable carried the School Arms, while over the inside of the Memorial Hall doors, in letters of gold, was the one word "Remember."

Two thousand three hundred and fifty Old Members of the School served in the Great War.

19 February 2003

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