Boys had been a regular part of life at the school in the early 1900s, as they attended the Kindergarten from 1893 to 1947.
One of Putney’ s Old Boys, Douglas Lindsey fought at Ypres in October 1917.
In a letter from his Old Girl sister Dorothy on October 13 1917:
‘Last night a letter came from him that he has got out of it alive and unhurt, but so weak he had to be lifted on to the motor lorry which came to take them away to rest. The assault lasted from Thursday 6am till Monday 2am, during which time they had no sleep at all, very little food, and – worst of all – a shortage of water during the last two days. They are now many miles behind the line and expect two months’ rest.‘
Douglas was killed in action on 17 December 1917 aged 20.
The school has purchased a commemorative centenary ceramic poppy in his memory.