Trinity marks Remembrance Day to honour those who gave their lives in combat

Alumni | 4th November 2020

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, or sometimes Poppy Day, is commemorated every year on and around 11 November. Poppies are now on sale in year group zones over the next week and a half.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns fell silent after more than four years of warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence to remember those who lost their lives.

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November. This year it falls on 8 November. Various concerts, church services and commemorative events usually take place on this day to remember the men and women who gave their lives in combat.

At Trinity, we will not be able to mark this in the usual way. Instead we will host a live event from 10.45-11.05am on 11 November. This will begin with an introduction from the Headmaster and then move on to a student presentation. Following this, the Headmaster will share some of the liturgy and announce the two minutes’ silence.

Also within school, the Roll of Honour Boards, listing all former students who served in WW1 and WW2 and who died during the conflicts, are now on display in the Circus.

“We have also added a small display which includes examples of some of the Medals awarded; some poetry from WW1 and some of the bodywork from the wreckage of Sgt Peter McIntosh’s Hurricane recovered from the fields near Dungeness. Peter was tragically killed in the crash.

“In addition, we have this week planted metal poppies in the flower beds that surround the War Memorial and each poppy represents one of our fallen former students. It also includes a triple poppy to represent the three Currie brothers who were all pupils at Whitgift Middle School but were killed by a Zeppelin bomb in October 1915 – aged just 10, 14 and 15 years,” says Laurie King, Archivist and Alumni Relations Ambassador at Trinity.