Newton Tony Roll

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.

Roll of Honour


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 others 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