Remembrance Day holds a special place within the Downside Community; it is a day when the School and wider Community can come together to recognise the Old Gregorians and all other war veterans that lost their lives in World War I and II.

The Service, led by Dom Boniface, was slightly different this year due to current restrictions meaning that we couldn’t invite OGs and families to the event in person. Nevertheless, we remembered ‘together but apart’, and the event didn’t lose any of its poignancy. Pupils and staff were in attendance at the School’s war memorial with the CCF Band and School Choir providing the music. Wreaths were laid by Mr Potter, on behalf of the Old Gregorian Society, the Head Master Mr Hobbs, the Heads of School Katharina Lützenkirchen and Nicholas Hobbs, and the Junior Under Officer, Michael Kealey.

This year’s Service remembered – in particular – an extraordinary man and Old Gregorian, Wing Commander Robinson (B35) who sacrificed his life on behalf of his country. A brief synopsis of his story can be found below taken from Fight Pilots Summer

Friday 10th April, afternoon, Wing Commander Robinson took off at the head of the Tangmere Wing with orders to carry out a sweep behind Boulogne. Mickey was leading No.340 Squadron on their first operation of this kind and they flew in three fours, with the Wing Commander and Captain Duperier leading. Whilst carrying out the orders, Wing Commander, followed by his No.2, No.3 and No.4, chose to carry out a sudden manoeuvre to follow a pair of Me109s. Whilst in the dive other members of the squadron lost contact and visuals of the 4. It was reported after this that one spitfire was seen ‘going down in flames’ with another diving vertically with two FW190s on its tail. It was believed that Micky would have parachuted out of his Spitfire before impact or found himself with the French Resistance. It was later found out that Micky had unfortunately lost his life in battle.

We Will Remember Them. Requiesce in Pace.