The Pupils’ Memorial

The Pupils’ Memorial was erected in memory of those boys who died at the School during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It may be found in the churchyard of All Saints’ Parish Church, which is in Church Lane in Witley village, near the junction with Petworth Road. Church Lane is on the left hand side, less than a mile from the school, immediately opposite The White Hart public house; and the memorial is in the extreme north east corner of the churchyard.

For many years the memorial was carefully tended by Bertie and Rosemary Mawer, but subsequently much of the stone surround was becoming detached, and it was also being invaded by ivy and brambles. In 2010 this was cleared, overgrown trees were cut back and the paths were also cut and tidied.  Since then, as the result of an appeal, it has been possible to reset the stone edging and also re-cut the names, this time onto granite plaques. It is hoped that pupils from the school will maintain it in the future as part of their community service work.

The restoration work cost £5,700, much of which came from the OW community – a big thank you to all who contributed. If you feel able to help out, even in a small way, please visit our Pupils’ Memorial Restoration Appeal page.

Looking at the names and ages of these young people reminds us how fragile life was in that period and how fortunate we are today, with improved diet and medical care.  It is intended to produce a register of all those remembered on the memorial, which will be kept at the school.  Below are the original inscriptions on the three faces of the Memorial; the updated version will replace this as soon as available.

South Face

To the Memory of the following boys who died at King Edward’s School Witley and are interred in this churchyard.

  • Thomas Newland (died Sept 21, 1868; aged 13)
  • William J Marshall (died June 25, 1872; aged 15)
  • Joseph C Drew (died Nov 9, 1873; aged 13)
  • George Dennison (died Dec 16, 1875; aged 12)
  • Henry C London (died Jan 26, 1876; aged 13)

This memorial is erected by the King Edward’s School Old Boys’ Association, May 1910

East Face

  • Frank Scott (died Dec 1881; aged 14)
  • James Evans (died June 6, 1882; aged 14)
  • George Bamfield (died Sept 11, 1882; aged 14)
  • George H Mott (died Jan 28, 1884; aged 14)
  • William W Marston (died March 14, 1884; aged 14)
  • Charles W F Bull (died May 13, 1888; aged 11)
  • John Mansfield (died Nov 13, 1918; aged 13)

North Face

  • William Arthur Upperton (died March 15, 1919; aged 14)
  • Frederick George Bullard (died May 30, 1919; aged 12)
  • Alan Cliffard Umbers (died Nov 2, 1927; aged 15)
  • John Bernardo Doxat Pratt (died March 21, 1928; aged 14)
  • John Alfred Percy Benn (died Oct 17, 1929; aged 12)
  • Huw Wyn Griffith (died March 2, 1935; aged 12)
  • Jack Winter (died March 4, 1935; aged 12)
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