St Paul’s Community / St Paul’s and WW1

In recognition of the fact that 2018 marks the centenary occasion of the end of that conflict, a group of boys in the Autumn Term of 2018 formed the ‘SPS First World War Research Project’. Working under the auspices of the History Department, the Project quickly unearthed some of the hitherto forgotten stories of those who fell in 1918. This has been achieved in part by using online resources such as that of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, in part by exploring the newly digitised Pauline Magazine Archive, and in part because of the work of Hilary Cummings and her team in the Kayton Library who have digitised and catalogued rarely seen historic SPS sports team photographs.

View the growing archive here.

Working alongside the Geography Department, the Group has also used GIS software to map the location of the place of internment or commemoration of each of the 490.

View the remarkable results here.

View the commemorative booklet produced in 2014 by the SPS First World War Research Project.

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The Art and History department have brought together pupils in making 490 ceramic crosses, each one of these hand-made crosses bears the name of a Pauline who fell in the Great War. 

These crosses have been planted by pupils from both the Senior and Junior School around the school's War Memorial to create a living reminder of the supreme sacrifice made by a lost Pauline generation. 

This years Thomas Gresham Committee have taken the initiative to offer each of these student made crosses for a donation in support of The Thomas Gresham Bursary Award via their Just Giving page.

This award was founded in 2017 by four of our Upper Eighth pupils and is a wholly pupil-led bursary appeal, fundraising to provide a 100% bursary for the highest performing boy at 11+ who is in need of financial support. 

Visit their Just Giving page to view a video showing the making of the crosses.