They shall not grow 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.

It was such a privilege to come together as a school to mark Armistice Day this week. We joined together outside, socially distanced, to remember those men and women in the Armed Services who served in both World Wars, in conflicts throughout the past Century, and also, those who keep peace around the world today.

Every child in the Prep School created their own Remembrance poppy which they brought them together as part of a fantastic art installation in honour of those Old Lambrookians who left Winkfield Row to serve on behalf of their country. The installation will now be taken to a local care home to brighten up a social area for the local residents there.

Click on the image below to watch the installation:

 

Pupils in Year 7 recorded a reading of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est

Click on the image below to watch the reading

Year 7 also wrote some moving poetry inspired by their reading of War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon. Click on the images below to read some of their poems in full.

The recent centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to a close in 1918, inspired the production of a special booklet to commemorate Lambrookian Past Pupils who fought in the Great War. It can be viewed via the following link:

 

We also honour those Lambrookian combatants who returned home, having witnessed the destruction and survived the carnage, but still bearing the physical wounds and psychological scars of that conflict. Their names can be found on the wooden overmantel in the School Library, which was installed to their memory one hundred years ago, in 1919.

 

Our School Archivist, John Kimbell, has written about Old Lambrookian, Lieutenant Commander Frederick William George Harker R.N.

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We were also most privileged to have been given access to the contents of four fascinating and poignant letters, written on the Western Front by one such Old Boy – Archie Forbes. Subsequently returning to his former Prep School to take up a teaching post, Archie later became its Headmaster.

To Alison Browne, herself a Past Pupil of Lambrook, and to Ben Brownless, a former Deputy Headmaster of the School, we owe our sincere gratitude for making their grandfather’s touching correspondence available. In order to view images and transcripts of these documents, together with biographical information from Archie’s daughter, Isla Brownless, please follow this link:

 

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