Friday, 22 September 2017

Boys’ remains moved

THE remains of three pupils of The Oratory School have been moved to the school’s grounds in Woodcote.

THE remains of three pupils of The Oratory School have been moved to the school’s grounds in Woodcote.

Reginald Donegan, Wilfred Thunder and John Butchers died when the school was based at Caversham Park.

Reginald died in 1925 after falling off the roof, Wilfred died of septicaemia in 1927 and John was accidentally shot by another pupil in 1940 as they patrolled for German paratroopers.

They were buried in the school grounds off Peppard Road, which are now the headquarters of BBC Radio Berkshire, as their families lived a long distance away. The graves were left when the school moved to its current home in 1942. The school began tracing the boys’ relatives in 2011 as their permission was needed. It also needed the Home Office’s consent to exhume the remains.

The boys were interred in a parcel of woodland overlooking the school’s cricket pitches and a requiem mass was held in remembrance. The original headstones were also moved.

Headmaster Clive Dytor said: “It was always my ambition to move the boys away because their graves were neglected and in what is now a bin area. I felt it was our duty to allow them to rest in peace at their school.”

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