The story of the Old Boys and staff who died serving their country
Each year on Anzac Day the School Captain reads out the names of the Old Boys of the School who died on active service. It is a long list; from the Great War at the start of the twentieth century to Afghanistan in 2011. To the hushed assembly gathered around the Flat, the reading of the names brings a personal dimension to the solemnity of the Anzac service and with it emotions raised from the despairing tragedy of lost youth.
But each year, as the ranks of those who actually knew these young men diminish, the service is also a reminder that the living memory of these Old Boys and their deeds will soon be lost. Conscious of this, the School Council commissioned The Field of Honour to capture the all too brief life and time of these men so that there would be a permanent historical record of who they were and what they did.
Emboldened to serve as best they could, each of them has a story worth preserving. Each left a family and, in many cases, young wives and children to do what they believed to be their duty. The book is their collective story.
The Field of Honour by James Mason
James Mason joined Churchie’s teaching staff in 1985 and has held a variety of senior positions within the School. He is a published author with eight well-respected textbooks to his name. James was also the author of The Centenary Register
, a companion volume with Peter Hempenstall’s Churchie a Centenary Portrait
, both written to mark the centenary of the School in 2012. In 2004 he was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for his services to the teaching and writing of history.
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