Remembrance 2016

On Armistice Day, the College community gathered around the tree in the upper quad as Mr Burrows laid a wreath for those from our College Roll of Honour and Guild Chronicle of War Work. The two-minute silence was framed with poignant authenticity by Alice Markham (LC3) playing the Last Post and the Reveillé.  

At Sunday’s Remembrance Service, the address was given by our Head of EET, Dr Matthew Lim, aka RAF Flight Lieutenant Lim of the Voluntary Reserve (Training), while two Chelsea In-Pensioners, David and Tom Lyall (Royal Signals and the 15-19 Hussars, respectively), spoke the Kohima Epitaph.

With sublimely beautiful singing from the choir, the service was very moving and Alice said of her contribution to both occasions: “I felt extremely nervous, but thoroughly enjoyed playing for all those who fought in the war and are fighting now.”

Ruby Sowerbutts (SFC2) also read the poem To his love, by Gloucestershire poet Ivor Gurney, at the Cheltenham Borough Council Act of Remembrance this year. The event was attended by around 3,000 people and Councillor Chris Ryder, Mayor of Cheltenham, thanked Ruby for "reading the poem at the Remembrance Service and Parade so beautifully".

Rev’d McClure, Chaplain