Downside Remembers

As the 11th hour of the 11th day approaches, the pupils and staff of Downside School prepare for the Remembrance Service, an annual service which takes place at the Downside War Memorial. 

The service is always very special, with the pupils taking time out of their day to remember the Old Gregorians who fell in battle, and the past few years have been particularly poignant as we’ve marked the centenary of those who fell in the Great War. This year, pupils will take part in a short remembrance service, on Saturday 11th November 10.50am at the War Memorial.

This year, we will also remember those who fell, during a special Mass in the Abbey Church, on Sunday 12th November, from 10am.

This year, a group of Sixth Form pupils have been working to transcribe original war diaries written by an Old Gregorian who served as a soldier; the pupils spoke about the experience of working with the material to BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Somerset and Somerset Life. Click here to read more. 

You may be interested to learn about the ‘Monks at War’ who served alongside OGs and pupils in the Great War. Archive materials, such as letters, diaries and photographs, are available to view in the Monastery Library; you can click here to view the archive of Dom Stephen Rawlinson, Principal Catholic Chaplain on the Western Front. We’re delighted that the Monastery Library will next year host a conference exploring the role of the Chaplain. Watch this space for more detail soon.