Wymondham College unveils poignant memorial to honour fallen soldiers and the dedicated staff who cared for them

Wymondham College students unveil the new memorial garden.

Wymondham College students unveil the new memorial garden. - Credit: Archant

A memorial to honour those who dedicated their lives to caring for injured soldiers has been unveiled at the school where a Second World War hospital once sat.

The new memorial at Wymondham College.

The new memorial at Wymondham College. - Credit: Archant

Students and staff gathered at Wymondham College, which sits in the site of the former 77th Station Hospital, on Remembrance Sunday to see a memorial garden unveiled.

It pays tribute to the staff of the hospital and the personnel of the USAAF 2nd Air Division, which was operated by the US army.

The memorial is the culmination of a 15-month project which saw pupils take an instrumental role.

Bob Moorhouse, vice principal and bursar, said: 'The college has long standing links with the US Air Force from the college's inception during the Second World War as a military hospital.

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'The idea for the memorial came about 15 months ago, because we had a piece of land in the centre of the college which effectively wasn't being used.'

Students were asked to put their designs forward for the memorial - with former student Max Lewis coming up with the winning plan.

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'The finished memorial isn't exactly what Max designed, as we weren't able to do it all, but what we have now was inspired by him,' Mr Moorhouse added.

As the October half term rolled around, the school took the opportunity to finish the work.

On Sunday, servicemen from RAF Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Marham laid wreaths, while the college's Combined Cadet Force was present.

Wymondham College was founded in the buildings of the American Army hospital. The hospital opened in 1943 on the site of the former Mid-Norfolk Golf Course.

The general age of patients at the military hospital was between 18-30 years and most injuries were classed as severe.

The school opened in 1951 and used the 40 Nissen huts from the hospital, which became the 231st Station Hospital, as classrooms and dormitories.

As on the memorial, the motto of the hospital was 'the patient comes first'.

Do you have a Wymondham story? Email reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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