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Nottingham High School Archive

The School and the Military (2)

Former cadets and school staff played their part in full in two world wars as the striking war memorial in front of the school attests. Affiliated to the Sherwood Foresters, South Notts Hussars, the Leicestershire regiment and latterly the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment, the Combined Cadet Force continues to produce Officer material for all three Forces and the school has been represented in every armed conflict involving UK forces for over a 100 years.

 The record of the school is a very remarkable one.  So far as can be ascertained, in The Great War the number of old boys and masters serving was 1,500.  Two of these, Captain Albert Ball and the Rev. T.B.Hardy, won the Victoria Cross.  There were 124 decorations, 29 others were honourably mentioned in despatches.  198 lost their lives.  In World War Two some 570 old boys and masters served and 80 names were added to our Roll of Honour. There were 39 decorations and 30 others were honourably mentioned in despatches.

From 1950’s Palestine, through Malaya, Oman, Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Iraq and now Afghanistan, soldiers, sailors, airmen, chaplains and medics, who were once Nottingham High School boys, have played an active role in the common cause of humanity with outstanding courage and devotion to duty.