Roll of Honour - Old Scholars of Newton Tony School

In May 1917 Newton Tony School decided to honour those Old Scholars who were serving in, or who had died in what was then called the Great War. This is an extract from the Amesbury Deanery Parish Magazine for June 1917 together with some explanatory notes



A Roll of Honour containing the names of the Old Boys serving in our Forces who had received their education at Newton Tony was unveiled by Mrs Hoare on the afternoon of 24 May 1917. The Schoolroom had been tastefully decorated with flowers by the children, and some flags which had been lent by their parents suitable adorned the walls. At 3 pm the Rector presided over a large gathering of relatives and friends of the brave Old Boys whose names are on the Roll. After 'O God our help in Ages past' had been sung, the Rector spoke of the great need for everybody to work to help in winning the war and then asked Mrs Hoare to unveil the Roll of Honour, which she had kindly consented to do. After the unveiling Mrs Hoare addressed the children and her earnest sympathy and patriotic words were much appreciated by all present. Miss Coles then explained how the Roll had been provided by contributions from the children who all subscribed small sums to present the Roll to the School. The Rector warmly thanked Mrs Hoare, the National Anthem was sung and the audience invited to inspect the Roll of Honour before dispersing.

The names on the Roll of Honour are

Jesse King Albert Bundy
Frank Bundy Percy Weeks
Ernest Tanner Ernest Newman
Harry Williams Harry John Young
Edwin Bertie Tanner Charles Bowles Tanner
Maurice Liney Williamt Bundy
Harold Brown M.M. William Richard White
George Laws Walter Yarlett
Harry Tanner Albert Forder
Ernest Rowland Elliott Thomas Williams
Wilfrid Noyce Frederick Olden
Charles Miles Thomas Parfitt
Mark Bundy Caleb Collins
Alec Frederick Newman Edgar Fricker
Alfred Edward Kent Frederick Miles
Stanley Wilfrid Grant Cyril George Bundy
Wilfrid James Armstead Bertram Maurice Macey
Ernest Brice Harry Eli Eyles
Frederick Collins Jesse Tanner
Leonard Payne John Thomas Pearce
Reginald Miles Edward George Parfitt
William King William Charles Yarlett
Richard Field Alfred Harvey Armstead
Edwin Albert Johnson Reginald George Fricker
Walter White William Francis Armstead
Charles Williams Harold John Armstead


At the time of the presentation of this Roll the last name on it was almost certainly Harry Eli Eyles on the right hand column, those following being added as the war continued.

The Rector at the time was the Rev Benjamin Wright. Miss Coles was the Head Teacher and Mrs Hoare lived with her husband Arthur Harvey Hoare in Wilbury House, which they had leased from Lt Col Sir Harry C St Lo Malet DSO who was, himself fighting on the Western Front.

Ernest Rowland Elliott, shown above as still serving, was, obviously unknown to the School, killed in Salonika on 24 April 1917, exactly one month before this presentation ceremony.

The Roll remains in the School