Queen Elizabeth Grammar School’s traditional Service of Remembrance took place beside the school’s War Memorial on Friday 10 November. Attended by pupils, staff, representatives of the Governing Body and by former pupils and their families, the service has been a key part of the school’s calendar since 1921.
This year’s ceremony was followed by a reception and exhibition in the school’s main Reception, an area that was the school’s assembly hall at the time of the Great War. The event was both a thank you to all those who have helped the Grammar School Foundation to commemorate the Great War, particularly since 2014, and an opportunity to mark the publication of a book detailing the Foundation’s wartime experiences.
Entitled Some Other And Wider Destiny, the book was written by Elaine Merckx, the QEGS Archivist and Learning Resource Centre Manager, and Neal Rigby, Head of History at the school until his retirement in 2009. The book is the final part of an initiative begun by David Craig, Headmaster of QEGS, and Elaine Merckx and backed both by the Foundation as a whole and by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Other elements in the project have included lectures, storyboards and displays at venues such as the National Mining Museum and Wakefield Cathedral. For Guy Senior, one of the guests attending the Remembrance Service and reception, the day was especially poignant. Guy is the grandson of George Senior, whose two brothers were killed in the Great War. Walter Talbot Senior was killed on the Somme in 1916; Joseph Senior was killed whilst serving in the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. All three brothers attended QEGS, then more usually termed Wakefield Grammar School, and like many of their contemporaries they figure prominently in its records. The phrase Some Other And Wider Destiny is taken from a letter of condolence written to the Senior family by Mr Barton (Headmaster of WGS 1911 – 16) in 1917.
The book is available to buy on Amazon or from The WGSF Development Office.