On Monday 11th of November, Testbourne Community School hosted its Remembrance and Armistice Day assembly in order to commemorate those who had fallen in conflict.
The Assembly was led by Dr Hall starting with a procession from the local Army Cadets and Patrick Furze on drum.
Dr Hall shared some of the last letters to his mother from a young 17-year-old Winchester boy who lost his life at Ypres, as well as explaining how the Unknown Warrior was chosen for burial in Westminster Abbey. Reflections were interwoven by war poems including ‘In Flander’s Field’, ‘MCMXIV’ and ‘Break of Day in the Trenches’ and Mr Lovegrove shared the experiences of his ancestor. Jack Lee-Smith and Grace Leslie read ‘The Soldier’ and ‘The Parable of the Old Man and the Young’.
To the melancholy and haunting strains of Barber’s ‘Adagio to Strings’ each tutor group presented a handmade wreath in memory of those who had passed. As the cadets lowered their standards, Joe Baron played ‘The Last Post’ on bugle and the school held two minutes silence in remembrance. The assembly ended with Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’
They shall grow not old, as we that 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.