Sadly we were not able to hold our remembrance ceremony this year, an event that we have run annually since 1996. Instead, on behalf of the association, a small number of committee members placed three wreathes under the War Memorial at School.
Two wreathes were laid on behalf of the Association and the School, each with the inscription –
“Even in these difficult times, we will remember them”
A small posey was also placed in memory of those of the 3rd Birmingham Pals who fell in WW1.
In past years, on the Saturday nearest to the 11th November, former students have joined with current students in the foyer of Moseley School's Spring Hill College, to remember those who fought in conflict throughout the world.
Wreaths are laid before the names of the 96 Moseleians who lost their lives in the Second World War and after The Last Post and two minutes silence, visitors are invited to browse through folders, collated by the Archive Task Force, which give an account of many of those 96 men.
It is worth noting that during the First World War Spring Hill Collage was used as a barracks and training ground for The 3rd Birmingham Pals Battalion (later, 16th battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment) and in 2014 a number of trees were planted to commemorate the Birmingham Pals.
War Memorials at Moseley School are now listed
THE WAR MEMORIALS TRUST is the national charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of our war memorial heritage.
The Trust manages www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk a website aiming to create the UK's most comprehensive understanding of war memorials to date. It is designed to be a system through which the public can upload information directly to the site.
Details of two war memorials related to Moseley School have recently been added to the website. These are the main War Memorial in the foyer to Spring Hill College and the old War Memorial from College Road School. The latter disappeared many years go although we have a poor photograph of it in our archive.
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who last saw the College Road School memorial before it went missing.
Memorial for the crew of Wellington BJ606
shot down in Wintershoven, Belgium
On Sunday 15th October 2017, exact 75 year after Wellington BJ606 was shot down, near the town of Wintershoven in Belgium during World War ll, a memorial plaque was unveiled by the town. One member of the crew who lost his life that day was former Moseley pupil Sgt. Robert Bayley whose name appears on the memorial plaque in the school foyer.
Pilot Robert Bayley and his crew now has a memorial in the village where they died.
A local brass band played the last post during the unveiling which was attended by Colonel Bijnens from the Belgian Air Force, Tom Thijsen (Mayor of Wintershoven), Ils Camps (Master of Ceremony), husband and daughter from the Australian Ambassador, Ms Caroline Millar, Ms Millar herself and SLt Fred Warren-Smith plus a representative from the British embassy and Nicky Cooper who is the grand niece of the co-pilot Jack Johannesen.