Moving Tribute to Former Pupils
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
In a poignant Boys’ Division Remembrance Assembly six pupils from across the year groups read out selected brief accounts of the lives of former pupils and staff of the School who perished in the First World War. Their stories had been captured in Dr Eric McPherson’s 2009 book “Remembered with Honour” which offered backgrounds to the lives of the 140 young men named on the School’s Memorial Boards who lost their lives in the two World Wars. The boys’ vignettes were part of an assembly which commemorated all lives lost in World War I but paid special tribute to the 81 young men from the School who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Dr Holland, who conducted the assembly, reminded the 900 strong audience of how those that gave their lives during the conflict which began 100 years ago did so in order that we can enjoy our freedom today.
The assembly closed with the School Captain and Vice-Captains processing through the Great Hall and laying wreaths in front of the Memorial Window.