This morning the whole school took part in a special Remembrance Assembly to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War. The assembly was attended not only by all current staff and students, but we were privileged to welcome back a number of former students to remember all those in the Trinity community who were affected by and sadly lost their lives in the wars of the 20th century.
Trinity’s Archivist Mr Laurie King has been leading the school’s Remembrance Day activities, and spoke to the students and alumni during the assembly, focusing specifically on nine former students:
We remember three brothers who were innocent civilian victims of war and were students at the school during WW1 when a bomb fell and destroyed their home, killing all three. We also remember three students – friends during their time at Trinity – who went off to war shortly after leaving school and never returned. They were all under the age of 21. Lastly, we remember three former students who became RAF pilots; one serving in WW2, one in The Falklands and the last in the Gulf War. Mr King explains how due to their highly skilled actions and fearsome determination, they helped bring about a hastening to the end of the conflicts they were engaged in.
Following the service, the Headmaster and student Heads of School laid wreaths at the Trinity War Memorial where the Alumni Relations and Development Team have planted 145 metal poppies, one for each former student life lost in WW1, and our Ground-Staff have planted Cyclamen to represent the 88 lives of all our former students lost in WW2 and any other conflict.
The Chamber Choir then performed The Dying Soldier, with Upper Sixth student Will Lewis taking the solo.
Around the school for the last couple of weeks have been a number of large lamp-post poppies, banners and a dedicated Remembrance display. The display shows the two Roll of Honour Boards for those former students who served in WW1 and who lost their lives, a Roll of Honour board for those who fell in WW2 a swell as a number of medals from WW1, WW2, Falklands and Gulf War conflict. There are even poignant extracts from letters sent by parents to the Headmaster, advising of the death in action of their respective sons in WW1.
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