Belfast Royal Academy
Belfast Royal Academy has become the first organisation in Northern Ireland to host a stirring silhouette installation to commemorate the 36 former pupils who gave their lives in the First World War.
As part of the campaign There But Not There, the seated silhouettes are available for any community group in Northern Ireland to buy to commemorate those local men who fell 100 years ago. For those groups that are unable to afford the silhouettes, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has made £2 million available in micro grants for groups to purchase 10 silhouettes each. Grant applications will be open from the 1st to the 30th June.
Of the 223 pupils and former pupils of Belfast Royal Academy who fought in the war, 36 were killed and a further 38 wounded. Amongst the names listed on the school’s Roll of Honour is Winifred Elizabeth du Mesnie Atkinson, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse, who was just 19 when she died. Three brothers – David Lumsden Newel, George Frank Newel and Walter Newel – were all killed between 1915 and 1917, their silhouettes now silently sit next to each other in the school. The youngest commemorated at the school is Terence Beale Nesbitt, a Second Lieutenant in the Dorsetshire Regiment, who was just 18 years old at the time of his death.
Members of the public wishing to visit the seated silhouette installation are welcome to contact Belfast Royal Academy.