In the words of Headmaster Rev Coombes from February 1917.

"The scheme for a war memorial is taking shape. The thing to avoid is vagueness. It is not a memorial of strangers, whom we honour for their greatness of soul alone; it is an attempt to keep green the memory of those whose hands we have clasped, of those who have shared with us in many a frolic, many a game, of those whose absence we shall feel for many a year to come."

I hope the Memorial Website that we launch today will be our homage in a medium appropriate to our generation to those from the Hurst Community who played their part in the Great War.

Mary-Louise Rowland

Deputy Archivist