Petworth bomb blast victims remembered

C140911-1 Mid Bomb  phot kate''Sophie Abbott, ten, and Ben Welch, ten, pupils at Petworth Primary school place a wreath on the memorial of those who died at the Boys school, as a result of bombing in 1942.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140911-1 SUS-140929-173336001
C140911-1 Mid Bomb phot kate''Sophie Abbott, ten, and Ben Welch, ten, pupils at Petworth Primary school place a wreath on the memorial of those who died at the Boys school, as a result of bombing in 1942.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140911-1 SUS-140929-173336001

CHILDREN and staff from Petworth Primary School gathered at the memorial in the Horsham Road cemetery to remember all those who lost their lives when Petworth Boys’ School was bombed on September 29, 1942.

The school’s headmaster Charles Stevenson, assistant teacher Charlotte Marshall and 28 boys were killed when a lone German bomber, missing his target – the troops in the grounds of nearby Petworth House – dropped three bombs on Petworth.

One hit a tree and ricocheted into the school.

The bomb wiped out a generation in the middle class at the school and those who died are still remembered in the annual commemoration.

The service this year was conducted by The Rev Richard Hoyle and among those present were three former pupils who survived the bomb blast Tony Penfold, John Wakeford and Tony Ball.

Mr Ball’s son Stephen was named after headmaster Charles Stevenson and on Monday he laid a wreath at the memorial.

A wreath was also laid by the newly elected school ambassadors Sophie Abbott and Ben Welch.

Headteacher Gillian Standing and school governor, Eileen Lintill were also at the memorial service.