Remembrance Day continues to hold a special place within the Downside Community. It is a day where the School and wider community come together to remember war veterans, and in particular our Old Gregorians, who lost their lives in World War I and II. 

This year’s Service remembered Old Gregorians who lost their lives at sea in World War II. We welcomed the President of St Gregory’s Society, Jonny Grew (C77), back to Downside to lay a wreath on behalf of all OGs. We were also joined by Second Lieutenant Bashall, Lance Corporal Ferguson and Lance Sergeant Ledgerwood from 1 Platoon, Number 1 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Irish Guards. The presence of the Irish Guards at this year’s Service was a welcome addition after the Army section of the Downside CCF assumed the headdress of the Household Division in reflection of our renewed affiliation earlier this year. The Head, Mr Hobbs, Heads of School Stephanie and Joseph and JUO Lily also laid wreaths.

Following the laying of wreaths, Lieutenant Shaun Barrett (RN) read the names of the 11 Old Gregorians who lost their lives at Sea in World War II, whilst pupils placed a cross at the foot of the War Memorial. He concentrated on the one fallen OG in particular, Lieutenant Sir Marmaduke Charles Henry Francis Joseph Blennerhassett, Bt Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, as is usual for each Service. For a full list of the 11 Old Gregorians honoured in this year’s Service, please click here.

Old Gregorian William White (B14) and his family also attended the Service. William currently serves in the Parachute Regiment which was, most recently, involved in the evacuation of Kabul.

Click here to watch the Downside Remembrance Service.