Remembrance Day continues to hold a special place within the Downside Community and is a day where the School and wider community can come together to recognise the Old Gregorians and all War Veterans that lost their lives in World War I and II. 

This year’s Service remembered our 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 this year.

Following the laying of the wreaths, Lt 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. For a full list of the 11 Old Gregorians, please click here.

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

The Service provided an opportunity for our entire community to come together in one space and remember all those who fought and lost their lives all those years ago. To watch the service, follow the link here.