Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Old Scholars' war memorial:

William Brook Ineson who was at school from 1903 to 1908 was a corporal in the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed on 25th October, 1917 in the battle of Passchendaele. He is buried in Ypres.


William came from Batley.


His brother, James Walker Ineson who was at school from 1904 to 1910 was a 2nd Lt in the Durham Light Infantry. He was killed on 19th May, 1917 and is buried near to Arras. Both boys' names are on the school war memorial.


On visiting William's grave on the centenary of the start of the battle of Passchendaele, I noticed that the inscription on the base of his headstone is the school motto - he certainly lived up to this.


We know of one other old scholar who has the school motto on his headstone and that is John Coy (scholar 1909 to 1913). He was killed on 21st October, 1916 on the Somme, and is buried at Heilly Station. He was a private in the Royal Fusiliers and was just 19 years old.

Celia Wolfe - Ackworth School Hon. Archivist