Wellington College pupils lie down in tribute to WWI fallen

Wellington College pupils More than 700 pupils lay down in the school quad

Related Stories

Students at a Berkshire independent school have staged a poignant tribute to former pupils who died during World War I.

Seven hundred and seven students at Wellington College lay down to represent the number of the school's former pupils who died in the war.

Head boy Harry Randall described the two-minute tribute as "such a moving experience".

The school is hosting a conference on public schools and World War I.

Many Wellington College pupils went to join the fighting in the trenches in France straight after leaving school.

Harry said: "At the start of the First World War, people our age were preparing to go to war - and that's a scary thought. They'd be sent off in charge of a squad of 30 men.

"We lay down for two minutes, but for the men who gave their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice - they never got up."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

Min. Night 10 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.