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Unveiling and Dedication of Rudgwick School Great War Roll of Honour
Friday 19th July 2019 was the 100th anniversary of Peace Day (national celebrations to mark the official end of WW1 following the signing of the Versailles Treaty). In Rudgwick we unveiled and dedicated a slate plaque on the walls of Rudgwick School to remember 27 men who died in that conflict, and who had earlier attended Rudgwick School in Bucks Green. RPS is proud to end our WW1 Project in this way with the sponsorship of J Gumbrill Monumental Masons, part of Freeman Bros, Horsham. The memorial roll of honour will serve to remind our community of its sacrifice for years to come, and be a focus for education in the school.
Images attached show Serena Nicholls (headteacher) and some who attended:
Annissa Ziouni and Becky Hughes (J Gumbrill monumental masons/Freeman Brothers, undertakers, Horsham);
Roger Nash (Chair RPS);
David Buckley (Chair of Governors, Chair RPC);
Rev Roy McAllen, Rudgwick resident, one time army chaplain, who kindly dedicated the memorial;
Stephen Woods (great great grandson of Rudgwick School’s first headmaster, 1877-1912, when all named were at school);
Tony and Dot Mariner (Tony is the only known relative – great nephew of Luke – of any of the men, who still lives in Rudgwick).
The booklet “Rudgwick School, A Great War Report”, written by Roger Nash, presented to the headteacher, is now available for a very low price (+p&p) on the website lulu.com, where it can be found be found by using the search term ‘Rudgwick’.
Roger acknowledges his debt to Andy Bailey’s website “Rudgwick Remembers” for some of the content. As well as brief biographies, the pages detail what we know of the men’s war service and circumstances of their deaths. It also includes a full list of the ex-pupils who returned safely from war service.
Note: No listing of the fallen or survivors can ever be 100% complete as records are fragmentary. However, with the availability of the school registers online, research has enabled us to produce reliable if incomplete lists. School attendance was subject to considerable ‘churn’ by the 1890s and early 1900s. Many of the boys did not spend their whole schooldays in Rudgwick – a subject for future research. Omitted from the research for the book and the roll of honour were pupils from over the Surrey border, and Rudgwick children who attended other schools, notably The Haven CofE School, where registers only survive for younger pupils registered after 1900.
Great War Project
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Volume 1 £10, Volume 2 £6, together, discount: £14.
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Rudgwick Parish Council, RPC,
Berkeley Homes, Barleycroft, Rudgwick, website
Horsham District Council, World War One Commemoration Fund. HDC
Other local sponsors:
We are committed to sympathetically restoring the old brickworks quarry at Rudgwick back to agricultural land. We are honoured to be able to support this important local project and pay our respects to all those that fought in the First World War.
HARRISON RURAL PARTNERS LTD
As owners of Rudgwick Brickworks, we are delighted to support Rudgwick Preservation Society on this excellent project.
Established in 2013 by two old friends Richard and Bill, the two master brewers enjoy making a wide range of both traditional and also unusual beer styles. Find us at Rudgwick Brickworks.
Rudgwick Walks Programme, 2019
The 2019 programme of free walks is on the Walks page of this website. .