Sunday 11th November 2018 saw the Senior School community come together in the Dean Close School Memorial Chapel for the Annual Sunday Service of Remembrance and mark the Centenary year of the signing of the Armistice, which lead to the cessation of the Great War.
Cadet CPO Pollyanna Harris, LR Alex Genshaft, LR Jimmy Gleeson, CSjt Kieran Cooper, Cpl Jack Tolchard, Johnny Coniam, Cpl I Garcia, CFAV C Lewis, Lt A George, WO2 B Lloyd comprised the Banner and Wreath laying party as Maj D Evans read out names of the OD’s that had passed away during WW1 and 2. LR Zach Truscott played The Last Post and Reveille either side of the 2 minutes silence. Rev’d Ash lead prayers and the service, with Old Decanian Col Jack Hensman OBE recounting his time at school and in service with the Royal Marines: Evie Sharp gave the reading and then Revd’ Nick Stott gave the address, talking of his time in with the Royal Engineers during the Kosovo conflict in the 1990’s and what remembrance means both in the context of the Great war but also on a more individual level. During the service the choir sang both Crossing the Bar by Hubbert Parry and Greater Love hath no Man by John Ireland.
As ever the service was a respectful, thought provoking and profoundly moving experience for all. A truly fitting way to commemorate those from our school and all others, who have gone before us to secure the freedoms that we often take for granted as we go about our busy daily lives.
Major DD Evans