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We Shall Remember
  Remembrance Sunday draws large crowds
More than 1,000 people including Old Pangbournians
and current and former parents, gathered at Pangbourne College, Berkshire, for this year’s 100th anniversary Remembrance Sunday service and parade.
Lucy Perring, Luca van der Wyck and Louis Winter), conducted by Head of Instrumental Studies Mr Andrew Thornhill, accompanied the hymns.
Four current pupils read out the long list of names of 178 Old Pangbournians and one College Governor who died in World War II.
 The service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel was led by the Chaplain, The Reverend Neil Jeffers. Captain Richard Meryon RN gave a moving sermon in which he emphasised the need
to value both our friendships and our freedom. Wreaths were laid by the Headmaster, Mr Thomas Garnier, the Chairman of Governors, Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott, and the Chairman of the Old Pangbournians Society, Mr David Nicholson.
At the service the Chamber Choir, conducted by Director of Music Miss Ellie Calver, sang a cappella Elgar’s ‘They are at rest’ as an introit. The College Choir sang
a cappella Mokranjac’s Serbian anthem ‘Tebe pojem’, conducted by Organist in Residence Mr Andrej Ivanovic. The Brass Ensemble (Guka Bukhari, Peter Garnier, Philip Garnier, Laurence Livesey,
A quite literally high- ying Solihull School alumnus returned to the school to take part in the school’s annual Remembrance Day commemorations.
Squadron Leader Adam Collins, 39, whose appointment as 2018 supervisor of the famous Red Arrows RAF aerobatic display team was announced at the beginning of the month, laid a wreath at
the school’s war memorial after a minute’s silence had been observed by pupils and staff at the school.
Wreaths were also laid by Solihull headmaster David EJJ Lloyd,
an NCO of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the president of
the Old Silhillians’ Association among others.
A Service of Remembrance was then held in the school chapel.
Adam, who served in CCF, learned to  y while he was a student at Solihull School and was awarded an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship.
Upon leaving in 1996, he studied Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University before  ying Tornados for the RAF. He also  ew F1-11s while on a three- year exchange programme with the Royal Australian Air Force. Next year, the RAF’s centenary year, will be his  rst with the Red Arrows.
Original war letters transcribed
Downside School, Somerset, Sixth Form pupils have taken the opportunity to transcribe a set of original war letters. Written by Francis Raymund James, a former pupil who fought as a soldier, the letters document his time on the Western Front, during the Great War.
The letters are part of the Downside Abbey archive collections and were annotated by Raymund himself following his return from the front. The project has provided the pupils with a chance to use primary sources
and develop research skills; the opportunity to get hold of such valuable material is especially useful for those going to university next September.
The pupils were initially involved on a short term basis but it proved so successful that it has now evolved into a longer commemoration project. The transcription process will hopefully be completed in early 2018.
Pupils from Winterfold School, Worcestershire, held a Remembrance Mass. Father Lamb’s homily focused on
the signi cance of sacri ce and the irrepairable damage caused by the loss of human life during war time. The
orchestra played ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’, the Head Boy read the Roll of Honour and the Head Girl read the Exhortation. Finally, Last Post marked a two-minute silence, before the Reveille.
At the Remembrance Sunday parade which followed, the salute was taken by Guest of Honour Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE, former Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command. The school Colour was presented by Angus Hearnden, accompanied by Guard Commanders Peter Hyde and Nick White.
In the afternoon, Drum Major Philip Wooding and the Marching Band led the many local uniform parties, including the Royal British Legion and Brownie pack, through Pangbourne village for the Remembrance Sunday service at the local parish church of St James the Less.
The Headmaster, Mr Thomas Garnier, said, “Through the Remembrance service and parade held this morning we gave thanks for the many friendships created across our community and the freedoms we enjoy in this country today. The presence of our Marching Band in the afternoon parade and service marked Pangbourne College’s continued commitment to its role in the local community.”
Red Arrows represented
Pictured: The Headmaster David EJJ Lloyd, The Bursar Richard Bate, The Chairman of the Governors Mark Hopton, the President of the Old Silhillians’ Association Jonathan Dugdale, President of the Parents’ Association Fiona Newby, Squadron Leader Adam Collins, NCO of the CCF, and Head of School Cerys Stans eld
 A prayer for the Faithful Departed:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed Through the mercy of God rest in peace
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