Beaumont alumni to remember war dead

Former students of Beaumont College in Berkshire will be recalling those who gave their lives in two World Wars when they gather at the historic War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Mass organised by the Beaumont Union (BU) will be celebrated at the Grade II* listed War Memorial on Sunday 9 November.

“One of the purposes of the BU is to arrange Masses to be said for our deceased,” says Old Boy Robert Wilkinson. “In this instance, it’s not just for those that gave their lives in two World Wars but for other friends, especially those that have died during the year. This is the one time we come together to pray for our departed.”

The War Memorial (pictured) stands in the grounds of Beaumont Estate, Windsor, which is now a hotel and conference centre. Unveiled in November 1921, it was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate pupils of Beaumont College – the Jesuit school which operated on the site until 1967 – who were killed in the two World Wars. The centenary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion are expected to make this a particularly poignant occasion.

The Mass will be celebrated at Beaumont at 11.45am on Sunday 9 November, after which the members of the Beaumont Union will be presenting the restored Corps Colours in a short ceremony at St John’s Beaumont – what was Beaumont College’s preparatory school and which today remains a day and boarding school in the Jesuit tradition for boys aged 3 to 13 years old.

In addition to arranging Masses for deceased member and caring for the War Memorial, the Beaumont Union is engaged in charitable endeavours of all kinds, especially those connected with the Catholic faith.

“One of the great credits of this institution’s lasting worth is the large numbers from the Union who continue to meet in friendship and endeavour so many years after the college closed its doors for the last time,” says Mr Wilkinson.