Services held across Whitgift Foundation to remember victims of conflict.
This year’s Armistice commemorations took on additional significance given that 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. Below, we look at the different ways in which The Whitgift Foundation’s schools, care homes and Carers’ Information Service paid their respects.
Whitgift students, staff, Old Whitgiftians and residents from Whitgift House care home attended a service that reflected on the 251 Old Whitgiftians who lost their lives in the First World War. To reflect this number, the entire middle section of the seated boys stood during part of the commemoration, to demonstrate the sheer numbers of those that sacrificed their lives. The wreath laying ceremony was observed by the Headmaster, Revd Canon Boswell, Colonel Jon Swift OBE, Whitgift Association President David Stranack, School Captain, Mr Ben Turner, and members of the Whitgift Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
A number of students from Old Palace attended the moving Armistice Service outside Croydon Town Hall. After observing two minutes silence alongside the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, as well as a number of local dignitaries, 20 students laid wreaths in commemoration of the young men from Croydon who died.
Alongside this, a special remembrance service was held in the Old Palace Chapel. Led by the History Society, the service saw students give readings in English and German, representing both sides of the conflict.
Trinity’s remembrance service saw pupils give a number of poignant presentations on a number of Trinity Old Boys who were killed in the conflict. After the service, members of the Trinity CCF formed a guard of honour on stage before the Headmaster, Head Boy, Head Girl and CCF laid a wreath at the school’s war memorial.
Carers’ Information Service
The Carers’ Information Service observed the two minutes silence at 11am alongside carers and staff at the Carers Support Centre’s Carers’ Café. The CIS manage the running of the Carers Support Centre, a drop-in hub for carers which has seen 16,000 enquiries in its first year of opening
As well as joining the service at Whitgift School, residents at our three care homes across Croydon held ceremonies and observed the two minutes silence on 11 November. Some residents are war veterans themselves, whilst many had close family members who were the victims of conflicts during the twentieth century, giving added poignancy to this time of remembrance.