"We Remember" Booklet 2006
DOVER GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Pharosians (OPs) are the old boys and teachers of the
Grammar School for Boys at Astor Avenue. Many served
during WWI or WWII.
Memorials at the school include the
tablet to 2nd Lieutenant Oliver Tunnell, who
was an assistant master. He died 18 days before WWI
ended. The Memorial Sports Cup is one of the prizes
awarded in his name.
The stained glass window (right) features 31 OPs who died in
WWI. It was moved with the school when it transferred
from Frith Road in 1931.
Below the window is kept a beautifully illustrated
book recording those who died in WWII. It was created by
Charles Rowlands, once an art teacher at the school.
This page (right) from the book is
Officer Keith Gillman. He was killed in the Battle of
Britain. As a Fighter Pilot he featured in the Daily
Mail and on the front cover of Picture Post.
|One OP on the window is Alfred Eaves, after whom the
road in Dover is named (right).
A memorial bench for OPs is in Granville Gardens on
the seafront. The brothers died during WWII.
The plaque reads: This seat was presented by Mrs V K
Calton in memory of her sons Squadron Leader J H Kirton
and Sergeant Pilot D I Kirton
Perhaps the major WWII memorial at the School is the
sports pavilion designed and built by Old Pharosians. At
the opening ceremony the “Last Post” was played by
buglers from the Duke of York’s Royal Military school.
Unfortunately the pavilion has suffered considerable
damage by local vandals.
|Perhaps the best memorial to all brave
people who lost their lives in service is that we never
forget their deeds.
Archivist, Dover Grammar School for Boys, Old Pharosians
consideration of an appropriate memorial for Oliver Tunnell, it
was suggested also that there should be a history prize, in
perpetuity. Subscriptions to total £25 to £30 were invited from
boys, parents, and friends to institute the memorial
2. A report in the
Dover Express, dated 14th March 2007, states that the Sports
Pavilion was opened by Eddie Crush, 0n 26 June 1954. Edmund Crush had been a
pupil at the Grammar School from 1928 to 1936, and became
President of the Old Pharosians in 1957. During the second World
War he served in the Royal Engineers, rose to the rank of Major,
and was awarded the Military Cross. He was wounded in the
Mr Crush was also a
keen cricketer. He was capped in 1948, and played for Kent
between 1946 and 1949, scoring just over 1`,000 runs, and taking
83 wickets, with an average of 38. He best bowling figure was
six for 50, and he was renowned for dismissing the great
Australian batsman Don Bradman in 1949 at Canterbury.
Mr Crush died on
9th June 2007, at the age of 89.
Right, the front
page of of programme for the dedication of the Sports Pavilion.
The hymn "O God our help in ages past" and the National Anthem
were sung, and the Last Post, followed by The Silence, was
sounded. The Programme concludes with a Roll of Honour of the
Fallen. Should you wish to know more of the contents, do
quoting set number 1105