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A large number of Old Wilsonians fought in both the First and the Second World Wars. To this day they are commemorated on the school's War Memorial which was unveiled in the old school (Camberwell) just over one hundred years ago, paid for by donations from the OW community. In his talk, the Headmaster focused on the assault on democracy perpetrated by the Nazi Government and the morally repugnant views the regime held about those who did not fit the ideals of what Hitler termed the 'master race'. He highlighted the tremendously important role of the British Indian Army (including the Lanka regiment from modern day Sri Lanka) and the fact that 1 million African Americans fought for the USA.

Whilst the defeat of the German regime was a moral good, the treatment of soldiers from different backgrounds was far from equal on both sides, perhaps best highlighted by the Double V campaign in the USA (victory abroad against Fascism and victory at home against racism). After his talk, the Headmaster 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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