10 November 2017

The Coleshill School will remember

The Coleshill School has today (10 November) held its annual remembrance service to commemorate former students of the school who lost their lives in active service.

In front of a packed hall of students and visitors, sixth form students proudly read out the names of 27 ‘old boys’ from the first world war, 9 from the second world war and James Munday who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.  Stephen Fagg played the Last Post, which was followed by a minute’s silence.


Tom Wilson, headmaster of Coleshill Grammar School from 1956 to 1982, attended the service.  Tom, a former RAF officer and navigator, helped the escape from a prison camp in the Second World War.  He has written his wartime memoirs in a book called ‘In The Shadow of the Wooden Horse’.  When Tom was headmaster he commissioned a plaque listing all the names of the ‘lost boys’ of Coleshill School and this has remained in its original place in the hall ever since, along with the additional plaque for James Munday.

Coleshill Youth Council students made clay poppies to lay at the Remembrance Service memorial, on Sunday 12th November at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Coleshill.

Ian Smith-Childs, headteacher, said:

I would like to thank all our students, staff and visitors including, Tom Wilson and Tony Battle, mayor of Coleshill, for attending our Remembrance ceremony.  This is an important event for the school and I am so proud of the number of students who voluntarily attended the serviceand were so respectful today to commemorate our lost boys.”