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Hugh Clarkson Annett

Hugh Annett of Northumberland joined the School on 4 May 1899, aged 13, with both his elder and younger brother. Hugh acted in School Plays, playing Bolingbroke in Richard II and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was also an athlete, coming 2nd in the 100 yard race for boys 12 – 15 in 1900 and 1st in the ‘Egg and Spoon’ race. He captained the Football XI in 1900 and was described as a ‘keen player who knows what to do with the ball when he gets it’. He also played in the Cricket XI.

Hugh left the School in December 1902 to take an engineering course at the Durham College of Science in Newcastle.

During the First World War, Hugh served in the Durham Light Infantry and was appointed to 2nd Lieutenant on 14 July 1915. He died on 15 September 1916, aged 30, during the Battle of The Somme and is buried in Bazentin. His name is recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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