Dignitaries and friends of Ormskirk School and Ormskirk Grammar School, gathered in the school hall on July 1 for the solemn re-dedication of the school’s memorial to the former pupils who fell in the Second World War.
Rose Halsall, Chair of the Foundation Trustees, has been the driving force behind the event. She became particularly involved because of her association with a former Ormskirk Grammar School pupil, William Moorcroft, who was part of an RAF bomber crew who were killed in action over Belgium in July 1943.
Rose attended commemoration events in Belgium in July 2013 for the 70th anniversary of the event.
Headteacher, John Doyle said: “This year is such an appropriate time for the re-dedication of this memorial. We have already commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and in a few weeks we will see the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.
“Added to that, July 1st is the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest battle that British and Commonwealth forces have been involved in. All of these add to the poignancy of this memorial which commemorates the ultimate sacrifice that our former students made.
“It is so important that those events, though receding into the past and with fewer living observers remaining each year, mean something to today’s students.
“William Moorcroft was just 22 years old when he was killed serving his country, only a few years older than our students at school today. Our students appreciate that he was not just a 22 year-old but that he was somebody’s son, somebody’s brother and many people’s friend. His death at such a young age was a tragedy and it is not lessened by the fact that millions more young men like him also lost their own lives.
“It is a proud and humbling experience to be Head of the school and to be able to respect the past in this sort of way, bringing together past and present school communities.”