Devonport School Memorial

DevschoolToward the end of World War I a group of Devonport residents considered that a permanent memorial should be put up in the borough to commemorate the fallen soldiers from the area.

A public meeting for this purpose was convened in the parish hall in Church Street on 14 August 1917, under the chairmanship of Mr H. W. S. King, the Mayor at that time. Ninety people attended the meeting, and it was suggested from the floor that the memorial should take the form of a Corinthian column, a public hall. a library, a gymnasium or a cottage hospital.

These suggestions were referred to an elected committee of 13 borough residents, and the committee decided the memorial should be a statue, and a campaign was launched to raise £1000. However, the fundraising was not successful and only £200 was raised.

This money was donated to the Devonport School for a school memorial, which was erected in March 1921. It contains the names of all the former pupils of Devonport School who were casualties of World War I.

In the School's hall, a Roll of Honour lists all the pupils who served during WW1, and poignantly identifies the 11 sets of brothers among those who died during the conflict.