Remembrance Service at Downside

Last Sunday, the School held a Mass and Memorial Service in remembrance of all those who have been killed fighting for their country and, in particular, Old Gregorians lost in the First World War. 

The President of St Gregorys Society, Rupert Orchard (R74), laid a wreath on behalf of all OGs, while Andrew Hobbs laid a wreath on behalf of the School. While commemorative crosses were placed by pupils at the foot of the Memorial, the biographies of 25 Old Gregorians who fell in 1918 (and early 1919) were read out.

The Last Post was played by one of our talented cadets and we then observed two minutes silence. This tradition was as a result of a suggestion from James Percy Fitzpatrick, an Old Gregorian, for a moment of silence to be observed annually on 11 November, in honour of the dead of World War I, was forwarded to George V on 27 October 1919. This was adopted on 7th November 1919 and proclaimed “that at the hour when the Armistice came into force, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities … so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”