Wilson's School

Lest we forget

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THE 11TH NOVEMBER 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the Great War. Seven hundred and thirty Wilsonians and staff fought in this war and one hundred and twenty lost their lives. The following is taken from the November 1918 school newsletter: "Many of the fallen we now remember perfectly well, but when we grow older and this huge war has become only a memory…it would be perfectly natural if we forgot them and their names. But if some memorial were erected and their names remembered, when a new generation has arisen who knew them not, they could be remembered forevermore….[we must aim to] link indissolubly the past, the present and the future'. The outcome of this aim was the commissioning of a beautiful War Memorial, paid for by the school community and which was placed in the Great Hall in Camberwell. When the school moved to Sutton in 1975, it was one of the few possessions that was brought from the old school to the new and is now in the main reception, so that every day, every boy passes the names of these fallen members of our community. In this way, we live out the aim of our forebears.

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This year, the Headmaster's talk focused on the thinking behind and the selection of the Unknown Warrior, who was buried on the 11th November 1920 in Westminster Abbey. After his burial, the queues were seven miles long, with 1 million people wishing to pay their respects. This year we were fortunate to participate in the national There But Not There project, which places representative figures in silhouette in memory of fallen soldiers of World War One in their schools or wherever their absence was keenly felt. It was moving for all to see these symbolic representatives of our fallen who were both there, but not there.

After his talk, the Head read out a selection of names of those who fell from our community, a wreath was placed by the School Captain (accompanied by members of the CCF) at the school's War Memorial and silence observed after the sounding of the Last Post, just as has been the case at Wilson's since 1919.
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