On Friday 17th June we gathered to remember the 976 Old Brightonians who served in the Great War and in particular the 149 who died, never to return.
Last academic year, our Fourth Form pupils and their families were each assigned one name from the Roll of Honour as part of our “Lest We Forget” Project. Their task was to discover all that they could: where he was born, where he lived, when he was at Brighton College, and how and where he died. The quality and depth of the research undertaken, and the amount of time taken by some pupils and families, was truly inspirational. We have discovered more than we thought possible about the lives of these boys, and this will ensure that our commemoration will leave a lasting legacy. Their stories are told in the Roll of Honour and will be published in our book, “Brighton College and the Great War”.
Our community has come together to remember each of the boys, and I would like to thank all of our 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 is both a poignant reminder of the sacrifices that were made, and also the kind-heartedness of the Brighton College community. When we say together “We Will Remember Them,” we can stand proudly, and know that we truly do.