The College’s Second World War Roll of Honour lists 173 former pupils and teachers killed on active service during the conflict. We are asking every family with a 4th Form pupil to research one name from the Roll of Honour. Their findings will then become part of a book, to be published in 2019.
Their task is to find out as much as they can about that young man: where he was born, where he lived, when he was at Brighton College, and how and where he died. Pupils in our 6th Form will supplement this research by way of an oral-history project, through which they hope to document life ‘on the home front’ at Brighton College.
100 years on from the outbreak of that terrible war, we have created a new memorial at the College in honour of the sacrifice and suffering of all of the Old Brightonians who never returned to this place. In this act of remembrance, I hope to provide every pupil here with a daily reminder of how very lucky we are.
Our community has come together to remember each of the boys from our Roll of Honour, and I would like to thank all of the donors who have generously supported the College’s efforts to ensure that we remember each and every one of them. It has been both humbling and life-affirming, and I thank you unreservedly for your support. The statue that we have created together is both a poignant reminder of the sacrifices that were made, and also the kind-heartedness of the Brighton College community. The new chapel courtyard has given us an area for quiet and contemplation, both so important in the hustle and bustle of College life.
The Lest We Forget and Remembering the 173 projects will ensure that our commemoration will leave a lasting legacy. When we say together “We will remember them”, we can stand proudly and know that we truly do.
Head Master Richard Cairns