This booklet is a collection of the Ilkley Grammar School Old Boys that served in the First World War. llkley Grammar School was no different to any other grammar school in the country regarding wartime losses among old boys and staff members. School are proud to have a roll of honour to commemorate former students who paid the ultimate sacrifice. There was a pride among the boys at what they had achieved fuelled by the honourable life of patriotism. The loss of youth in the whole country emphasised a sense of the need to remember. Clear lines of communication are essential in war between generals and the ordinary troops and former pupils and members of staff from all schools that went off to fight in both wars.
The following is an extract from the text:
Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry
“Curious thing about travelling shells on leaving the gun there is a loud report and bright flash of yellow light. You can’t see the shell, but you can hear it. The smaller ones whistle. When big howitzers are fired, the noise of the shell travelling can be heard for miles – a curious rumbling sound comes in gusts and sounds for all the world like a great runaway train careering down a steep bank.”