One hundred years after West Buckland's first Remembrance Service, the school stopped to remember and honour those lost in both World Wars. The moving service, led by Reverend Paul Bryce and Miss Elma Rushe, began in the Memorial Hall, during which President of the OWBA Colonel Ian Blewett, read the West Buckland School roll of honour while the Chapel Choir sang 'Let all mortal flesh keep silence'.
Housemaster and History teacher, Mr Chris Allin, explained to the congregation that, from the records, it seems that the first Remembrance Service was held at school exactly 100 years ago, co-inciding with the year when the school suffered its most casualties, 20 in all. Accounts of four of those casualties were then read by members of the school CCF, Corporal John Skinner, Corporal Molly Muir, Corporal Kian Hayles-Cotton and Corporal Jagoda Cottingham.
Recognising the enormous sacrifice made by soldiers from so many countries and celebrating the international friendships we enjoy in the school, the service included prayers read in five different languages: Mr Jean-Patrick Vieu read in French, Frederick Schmitz in German, Lucia Marinez Algas in Spanish, Dusan Lejesevic in Serbian and Yarik Zakharov in Russian. There were also prayers read by Head of School Tom Smaldon and Head of Boarding, Aria Gorban.
After the service, the Senior school pupils and staff processed outside to the War Memorial where they were joined by the Prep school congregation. Wreaths were laid by Colonel Blewett, Major David Price and Tom Smaldon and a two minute silence was marked by the playing of The Last Post by Ted Kilvington.
Pupils were then invited to plant their poppies around the War Memorial.
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