A gathering will be held in the Chapel tonight to mark the centenary of the final OO casualty of WW1, John Henry Heathcote Bradley (Oakham 1913-1917). John died of pneumonia on 21 November 1918, aged 19.
The OO Club Chairman Jon Wills will also light 73 candles to commemorate all the Old Oakhamians who died during the War. There will be a selection of readings as well as uplifting and reflective music during the service.
No fewer than 314 Old Oakhamians and eight members of staff served in the Armed Forces during the First World War, of whom 20 were awarded the MC, five the DSO, two the OBE, and many Mentioned-in-Despatches. Of these 314, 73 were killed in action or died as a result of war injuries.
OO Club Chairman Jon Wills said, “It is important that we remember the Old Oakhamians who sacrificed their lives fighting for this country. Without their bravery, we would not be the same people we are today.”
The names of those Old Oakhamians fallen during WW1 are inscribed in the sculptures in front of the Chapel in memory of their service. In addition, every year the Head Boy and Girl touchingly read out their names during the Remembrance Day Memorial Service.