Avenue of Remembrance

Trees planted to remember 157 Old Glenalmonds who died during World War I

Last week, we planted a total of 157 oak trees in the School grounds to represent the Old Glenalmonds who lost their lives during the First World War.

The idea was proposed by Upper Sixth pupil Rory S-N, (Skrine's) as a way of marking the centenary of the global conflict and breathe new life into the unused patch of land near Skrine's Boarding House. The trees were donated by Rory’s father Jamie and uncle Hamish who are part of a well known family of Fife farmers and landowners. It is hoped the oaks will still be growing strong when the bi-centenary comes around.

The school plans to install signs to tell visitors the story behind the oaks, and explain how they symbolise the Old Glenalmond boys – also known as OGs – who died for their country.

Tree Planting. Ouston Spencer Nairn

Jamie said: “The seed for this idea was planted when my brother went to pick up Rory at the school on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday. Rory had told Hamish that the school had been reading out the names of the 157 old boys who had died in the war. And the idea grew from there.”

Jamie and Hamish are both OGs, as is Jamie’s oldest son Alistair. With the four of them having been through the school, theu thought this was a nice way to give something back. Something that will be there for many years to come.

During our Battlefields trip, our pupils and staff commemorate the youngest OG who died on the Western Front, Francis Faithfull, by making a pilgrimage to his grave. We also run two scholarships named after two pupils who died in the First World War: Alfred Raeburn and Arthur Gowan.

Warden Hugh Ouston said: “This will be both an environmental enhancement, as well as an explicit memorial. These oaks are all about the future, and it’s the future that these men laid down their lives for.”