Members of The Blue Coat School Community, including Old Blues, Foundation Governors, Governors, Staff, Year 13 students and Canon Janet Eastwood, gathered in the Chapel to mark the Centenary of The Great War on the 11th September. The names of eighty one Old Blues are on The Chapel Memorial.
Mrs Silcock opened the Service with the following statement:
When we hold our annual Remembrance Services in Shirley Hall and this magnificent Chapel in November, we pay our respects to all those who died or were wounded in conflict. Members of our Senior Prefect Team read the names of those former Blue Coat Boys who fought and died in The Great War and The Second World War. Their names are immortalised in the memorials in our School and throughout the world. You walk past these names every day. They are names on a list. But to others, they were a father, brother, son, husband, friend. In some faithful heart their memory is always enshrined.
The inscription on our Chapel Memorial says: they loved duty more than they feared death.
Today, we honour their memory.
The poignancy of the event was enhanced by poetry, contemporary speeches of a call to arms and music, all of which were performed with great sensitivity and respect by members of Year 13.
The History Society of the School has been researching into the names of The Old Blues on The Chapel Memorial and what they have discovered so far, was read to those present. It was a moving occasion, made more so by the fact that the age of those in Year 13 was mirrored by the ages of the Old Blues, killed in action in the ‘war to end all wars’.
Ms Holland, Assistant Headteacher