Remembrance Sunday Service

The School Community was joined by parents, Old Dauntseians and friends of the school for our Service of Remembrance on Sunday 13 November. As is our tradition, the Head Boy read out the names of the 38 Old Dauntseians who lost their lives during the First World War, and wreathes were laid in honour of their memory.

Amongst many moving moments on Sunday was Dick Hargreaves, an Old Dauntseian aged 97, laying the wreath in front of the names of former pupils of the school, 24 of whom he has known personally from his time here.

During the service the Senior Choir sang two anthems: For the Fallen by Douglas Guest and I heard a voice from Heaven by Paul Edwards. The Female Voices Choir sang Ave Maria by Franz Biebl. Alongside many well-known hymns, these anthems added great emotion to the prayers, the Act of Penitence and the Act of Commitment that we should all work for peace within this world.

Head Girl, Alice Walton-Knight read the First Reading which was from Matthew 5: 1-12, and Headmaster Mark Lascelles read the Second Reading from John 15: 9-17.

The powerful address was given by Colonel Mike Waymouth who illustrated his talk with the image of a bullet, a bicycle and a some barley water (orange squash). He spoke about the effect of a death of a soldier in war as being like the shockwaves of a bullet or as ripples that radiate and affect entire families and communities and even ourselves today. He said how important it is that we experience the places where the battles were themselves fought to be reminded of the sacrifices that were made. And he spoke about some of the injured soldiers he has known and that even with their injuries and disabilities how he was moved to hear them saying that they were doing a job that needed to be done. He spoke about the Queen’s recent address at Sandhurst where she asked two things of her officers: Confidence and Compassion and how those two things could also be shown in all of our lives.

It was an extremely moving and lovely service.

Fourth Form pupil Georgina Henwood with the Granddaughter of Lieutenant John Greenwood, an OD who served with the 1st Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was killed in action aged 30 on 2/5/1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres and is commemorated on the Menin Gates in Ypres. Georgina managed to contact his Granddaughter after researching a history project last year, and invited her and her family to join Dauntsey’s at our Remembrance Service.

Our full order of service, including detailed information on the 38 Old Dauntseians who lost their lives in the First World War can be viewed here.

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Other Ways that we are Remembering

Our 'Remembrance Week' started on Friday 11 November with the Full School Remembrance Day Service. Pupils were piped in by Fourth Form pupil Algie, which set the tone for this special service.

Our DT department has made a commemorative cross to be filled with 1 penny pieces for every fallen soldier.

On Friday 18 November we will be planting the first of our 38 trees to create an 'Avenue of Trees' which will commemorate the 38 OD's who fell in the First World War.