Lest we forget

Today, 11 November 2014, the staff and pupils at St George’s Weybridge took time out of normal school life to hold services to reflect on and commemorate Armistice Day.

Like millions of others, the community at St George’s stands silent to remember and honour all those who have died in conflict.

At St George’s College, Weybridge, the School came together to hold its annual Remembrance service at 11am. During the service, the whole School heard reflections from two Third Year students on the life of the sacrifices made by its alumni or ‘Old Georgians’ based on their research in archived editions of the School’s official publication ‘The Georgian’. The College Captains and the youngest boy and girl took poppy wreaths at the end of the service and placed them on the First World War and Second World War memorials.

During the services at both schools, following the playing of the Last Post, a two minute silence was observed.

The War Memorials at St George’s College are in memory of Old Georgians who died in the Two World Wars. A total of 57 Old Georgians gave their lives in the First World War and 67 gave theirs in the Second World War. Whilst these memorials serve as a poignant reminder of the cost of these wars to the Georgian Family, the services held today remembered personnel from all the conflicts and peacekeeping missions in which people from the UK have been involved and those that are currently on active service.

Fr Martin, College Chaplain, said of the service that:

"This morning’s Remembrance Service involved the entire school community comprising over 1000 staff and students coming together to remember the 367 Old Georgians who had fought in the First World War of whom 57 made the supreme sacrifice for their country. The story from the 1915 edition of school magazine of the two men, one a German, being taken away from our sister school at Louvain in Belgium and then being shot in the back was a poignant reminder that many civilians also lost their lives during the First World War. The stillness and silence for the two minutes spoke so eloquently of the respect shown for those who had died as a result of armed conflict."

To read an account of the service given by Old Georgians during World War 1, visit www.stgeorgesweybridge.com

11 November 2014

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