Remembering Holgate Boys at the Cooper Gallery

A World War One commemorative plaque to fallen soldiers who went to Holgate Grammar School will soon be displayed at Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery, Church Street.

The plaque which lists the names of 75 boys is to be reinstated in remembrance of these soldiers who lost their lives. 

Holgate Grammar School was originally housed in the building which is now the Cooper Gallery, until 1912, when Holgate moved to its site on Shaw Lane. It has recently merged into the new Horizon Community College. 

The Trustees of the Cooper Gallery have cared for the building and the art collection since 1912 and are keen to see this special board commemorated. John Bostwick, a Cooper Gallery Trustee, said: "It is appropriate that the board of Remembrance for the First World War is to be erected in the Cooper Gallery, the former Holgate Grammar School, as these men were educated in this building. We are delighted that that Dan Jarvis MP will unveil the board as he is a former serviceman." 

A special unveiling of the plaque will take place on Monday, 5 November at 10am involving pupils from Horizon Community College, the Mayor, Dan Jarvis MP and members from the British Legion. Some objects will be on display from World War One which have been recently donated to Experience Barnsley. 

Cllr Burgess Spokesperson for Development, Environment and Culture (Strategy, Programmes and Projects) said "I am delighted that this important plaque has returned home and that it is being remembered in a special way."

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