Biographies on each of the boys were provided by the school’s archivist and historian, Richard Pearson.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response,” said Mr Pearson. “It’s gone all around the world.

“For the first time there are colour photographs so people can see what Stratford was like in 1914 and see where all the cemeteries are. Now, the boys will never be forgotten.”

One hundred and eighty-one KES old boys served in the armed forces during the First World War, a considerable number for such a small school. 

Thirty-two were killed, including famous fighter pilot Rex Warneford, who won a Victoria Cross medal for single-handedly shooting down a zeppelin.

Rex Warneford was awarded a Victoria Cross.

Rex Warneford was awarded a Victoria Cross medal.

This week, the History department has taken 71 boys from Year 9 across the channel to visit the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres and Thiepval memorial to the missing of the Somme.

The boys will be paying respect to the school’s pupils who gave their life for their country a century ago.

Mr Pearson said: “Five of the boys who took part in our recent production of Henry V are going to lay the wreath to commemorate three of the boys who were in the play in 1913.”

In 1913, boys from the school were invited to perform Henry V at the Memorial Theatre. Shortly afterwards, seven of them were killed during the war.

Last year, KES boys performed Henry V at the Swan Theatre, 100 years on.

The new website is just one part of the school’s plans to commemorate the boys of the First World War over the next four and a half years.

Earlier this year, a special plaque was unveiled in Stratford’s Garden of Remembrance by Rex Warneford’s niece.

For more information on KES and the First World War see