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Students pay tribute to school “Old Boys” lost in two World Wars

Students pay tribute to school “Old Boys” lost in two World Wars

Students at Redcar and Cleveland College helped pay tribute to the fallen in a historic service of remembrance.

Reading out the names of former Sir William Turner’s School pupils killed in action, the Public Services students helped bring home the reality of lives lost during the First and Second World Wars.

The school’s annual memorial service which takes place at the college brings together the schools’ former pupils, current students and the surrounding community.

Course leader for Public Services, Mark Watts, said: “It’s important for our students to be involved as all of the public services play their part in Remembrance, even when they are deployed on operations.”

Some 350 Old Boys from the former Redcar school fought in the First World War, 48 died in active service. During the Second World War, there were 650 Old Boys who served in the armed forces, and 55 of them lost their lives.

Mark said: “For our students the Old Boys of the Sir William Turner’s School were people from the area where they live, many were the same age as them, and while it might have been 100 years ago these are young men that would have shared the same thoughts and aspirations.”

Representing their fellow students in the ceremony this year were Public Services students Lewis, 19, Lee, 17, both from Redcar, and Jim, 17, of New Marske.

Jim said: “Being around the same age and living in the same area as those that died does make a difference, it makes them more than just names on a piece of paper. Knowing some background about each person definitely makes it feel more emotional.”

Lewis said: “Everyone knows about remembrance and pays their respects, but for us as Public Services students it is particularly close to our hearts.”

The Sir William Turner’s Remembrance Service has become a part of the traditions at Redcar and Cleveland College. Those that lost their lives are commemorated on two War Memorials at the college.

Peter Chester, a historian and former lecturer at the Sir William Turner’s Sixth Form, said: “It means a lot to have the students involved and hopefully it is something that they will remember, after all that is what remembrance is all about.”

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