“A remarkable piece of work…deeply moving...relentlessly fascinating" James Holland
A chronicle of World War One told through the stories of the 56 former students and teachers from King’s School, Bruton that died in the conflict
In total, 283 former pupils and members of staff served in the armed forces during World War One. Fighting for King and Country in various theatres of war around the world, 50 were wounded and 56 did not survive the conflict, paying the ultimate price for their service.
Today, their legacy lives on in the form of the striking Memorial Hall, an unmissable feature of the skyline in the attractive Somerset town of Bruton, that was built in the aftermath of the First World War as a tribute to the School’s war dead. Within the hall itself, the wooden wall panels were inscribed with the name, age, date of death and unit details of those from the school who died, but little was known of their individual stories until now.
On land, sea, and air, this book tells the story of each man, told chronologically by the dates of their deaths. The result is a journey from the tense months leading up to war in the summer of 1914 through to the Armistice of November 1918, and then the struggle of a nation as it sought to process the catastrophe of the conflict in the post-war years.