11 November 2018 marked the Centenary of Armistice that ended the First World War and four years of conflict. On Friday 9 November, the whole-School came together for a special Remembrance Day Service to honour those that paid the ultimate sacrifice and also to remember our Fallen Saints.
An excerpt from old scholar, Captain Chaplain Kenneth Henderson’s diary was read at the service. Kenneth served in France on the Somme and was chaplain to the 12th Brigade. He wrote of being under fire in the trenches in Sausage Valley, Pozieres.
“We were up against it, and they knew it, and no one bothered to pretend. No one spoke; everyone’s face seemed immobile, in all soberness we knew the danger could not be greater. One man’s knees were trembling, and I remember wondering why mine were not….Of course, everyone made a point of not noticing. So we remained wrapped, each man in the solitudes of his own soul, ’til at last the earth and sky became still.”
The whole-School reflected on these words as we observed a minute of silence to remember and commemorate those who served and died in all wars and armed conflicts.
Lest we forget.