More than 30 relatives, pupils, governors and old Bordenians attended this year’s annual service of remembrance on Saturday 11 November 2017, for the 104 former pupils of Borden Grammar School who lost their lives in two world wars and other conflicts.
Historian and OBA committee member Marc Stewart gave a short lecture about one of the fallen, Herbert Pudney, whose relatives were in the audience.
Herbert Pudney was a gifted scholarship winner from Murston who left Borden to become a teacher and was headmaster of Charing School when he volunteered for service in 1916. After training he joined the Machine Gun Corps and served for 92 days at Ypres when he was killed by a shell which landed on him and two others. Their bodies were never found. Herbert was 33 when he died and is commemorated at Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres. He left a widow.