Headmaster Mr Philip Britton led a tribute to the eighty-one old boys of Bolton School who lost their lives during World War One. The ceremony took place in the same week that Albert Knowles Wilson lost his life one hundred years previously: he was the first former pupil to die in the conflict, which took the lives of almost one million men from Britain.
Albert Wilson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment and attached to the Indian Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action on 12 March 1915 during the first British offensive of the war. He was involved in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle which cost 11,562 casualties for the gain of two square kilometres of land. He died on the first day of the battle aged 25.
Albert’s name, along with the other 80 names of old boys who made the ultimate sacrifice, was read out by the headmaster as sixth-form boys and girls planted a poppy, which had previously been part of the Tower of London display, on the headmaster’s lawn. Over the coming years, the school will remember all 81 former pupils who lost their lives. Later the same day the boys’ division senior school joined in tributes to those who lost their lives in a remembrance assembly.