OnFriday 10th November, the whole Preparatory School alongside family andfriends came togetherfor a movingservice tocommemorate those who gave their lives for their country in war.
The Service opened with a prayer followed by the congregation singing Abide with me, whilst the wreaths were presented at the communion table. The Headmaster then read For the Fallen by Robert Lawrence Binyon. As the Last Post was sounded poppies fell from the balcony to represent the 134 former Dean Close pupils that are known to have fallen during the 1st World War.
Later in the Service the Chaplain asked us all to consider Love, Joy and Sacrifice. We heard how
many past pupils sacrificed their lives in the War for the love of their country including; Lieutenant
Roger Hay – who died of wounds in a prisoner of war camp, Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Heard;
Lieutenant Sidney Idiens and Lieutenant Harold Parsons all of whom received the Military Cross.
A very moving service ended with three beautifully read prayers by pupils, Milo, Alex and Henry and
everyone singing the National Anthem.