Association Book of Remembrance
'Maurice writes' Soon after the War the Association introduced the Book of Remembrance for recording the names of all those connected with the School who had died. Many years ago I was given the task, an honoured one, of keeping the Book up-to-date. During each year the Book was kept safely in my house until our Mass of Remembrance when it was taken to the School for the reading of the names. Afterwards it was returned to my house for another year. It took me several years to appreciate that this was not the proper way to deal with the matter, and so I commissioned the making of a display cabinet to house the Book, and that is where it rests now, in the first side chapel on the left as you enter The Chapel from the organ end.
Someone recently asked me how many names were recorded in the Book, and the numbers are as follows:-
Founder Bishop and Founder Head Master – 2
Benefactors – 2
Governors – 20
Old Boys Who Died in the War – 16
Staff – 63
Pupils and Past Pupils – 174
This makes a total of 277 and there are 4 recent names yet to be entered. Of course, the list is not complete as a considerable number of School leavers have no further contact with the School or the Association after leaving, and there must be a number of deceased amongst such leavers, but whenever news is received of a Fisher death the name is entered. The time is fast approaching, of course, when it will be impractical to read out all the names from The Book at The Mass of Remembrance.