Remembrance commemorations have gone ahead at The King Edward VI School albeit in a slightly different format than usual.
Due to the current restriction our traditional wreath laying service still went ahead though with fewer in attendance and at a social distance.
Clare Savage, Headteacher stated. “It is our custom at this time of year to remember those former students of the school who gave their lives that we might live in freedom and in peace and it was important to us that these commemorations still went ahead.
In World War 1, 58 former King Edward students and one member of staff paid the supreme sacrifice. Most of them found their last place of rest far from home: in Belgium, in France, in Gallipoli, in Poland, at sea; many of them have no known graves.
In the Second World War, by a strange coincidence, yet another 58 former students perished in the War – this time together with two members of staff. Only a few of them are buried at home. The remainder lie in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, in Iceland and Italy, in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, in Burma and in Singapore. Again, many have no known grave.”
In addition to the service, Rev. Beth Rookwood delivered a virtual Remembrance Assembly to ll students which can be found here