Bodmin College, Cornwall: Students and Master Lost at War
From a grammar school cricket field to the battlefields of France – a whole team lost
Twenty-four names appear on the school war memorial at Bodmin College. Among them six members of the cricket team who played for what was then Bodmin Grammar School. In the summer of 1914, the team played together at Lanhydrock. When war was declared they made a pledge to go together.
Fred Eary, Stewart Truscott, Norman Derry, George Gilbert, Henry Leslie Bawden, Johnny Lawrence and their teacher Nathaniel Hardwick enlisted to fight for their country.
Nathanial Hardwick died aged 42 having insisted he serve alongside the boys he had taught and coached on the cricket ground.
The plaque carrying the ‘Old Boys’ names still hangs with pride and sorrow on the wall of the present day Bodmin College.
A century on, students mark the loss of the schoolboys in a play written by a former teacher, David Rowan.
Cornish born actor John Nettles reads the play prologue for BBC World War One at Home.
Location: Bodmin College, Harleigh Road, Cornwall PL31 1AH
Image: The war memorial at Bodmin College