Ruislip Residents' Association

Bishop Ramsey's Act Of Remembrance

Mr.Wilcock Rev.Dr.Wg.Cmd. Legood MBE, Mr. BrittonOn Friday, July 1st. the whole school, students and staff, were involved in a moving act of remembrance to commemorate the hundreth anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Mr. A. Wilcock, Head Teacher, gave a brief introduction, giving statistics of the tremendous loss of life and the number of casualties sustained on that fateful day. He explained that the battle raged until November 18th. 1916 but only gained five miles of land! The Head Girl then read Psalm 23 followed by Mr. Britton, Head of Religious Studies, who read the traditional remembrance exhortation, a verse from Laurence Binyon's poem, For The Fallen:
                                                  They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old:
                                                  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                                                  At the going down of the sun and in the morning
                                                  We will remember them.

A senior student then played on the trumpet The Last Post which signalled the beginning of the Minute's Silence which was impeccably observed as the Head Boy lowered the union flag as a mark of respect.

A short service of remembrance was then conducted by Rev. Dr. Wing Commander Giles Legood MBE, an RAF chaplain and friend of the school.

Published in Secondary on 08 July 2016.
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