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Annual Remembrance Service

10 November 2017 | Tagged: Senior School, Junior School, Events

The High School community took part in a poignant Remembrance Service this morning, with pupils and staff from both the Senior and Junior Schools joined by distinguished guests to pay tribute to those who fell during World War I and II.

Sixth Year pupil Andrew Cross got the service underway, performing the Introit on saxophone, accompanied by Mr Frikki Walker. The Rector gave an introduction, followed by Fifth Year pupils Catriona James and Findlay Currie talking to the audience about the tragic toll that the World Wars took on all who experienced it. They discussed a High School family, the Andersons, who lost both a father and son throughout the two World Wars.

Reverend Graeme Wilson of Bearsden Cross Church led us in prayer before a reading from School Captain Eilidh Gilchrist. Reverend Wilson delivered the Main Address, discussing the importance of remembering those lost during the Wars. He illustrated this beautifully with the tale of a courageous soldier who left the relative safety of the trench in the middle of a battle in order to rescue his injured comrade and friend, strewn on the battlefield. When he reached his injured friend, barely conscious, he was able to utter the words "I knew you would come". Although the stricken soldier had succumbed to his wounds by the time he had been dragged back to the trench, it had been worth it to the brave soldier to know that he had provided his friend with this moment of peace. He had not been forgotten - he had been remembered.

Following this moving address, the Rector, Reverend Wilson and guests, alongside staff and pupil representatives of the School congregated at our War Memorial, arriving to the sounds of ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest’, performed by S6 piper Murray Walker. School Captain Adam Frizzell laid a wreath on behalf of the School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Craig MacDonald, incoming President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, laid a wreath at the 1939-1945 Second World War Memorial, on behalf of former pupils of the School.

After a moment’s silence to remember the nearly 700 former High School pupils who died throughout both Wars, ‘The Last Post’ was performed by Amy Provan, Zoe Robertson, both of S6, Angus Barrett of S5 and Cameron Crooks of S4. The Benediction followed the final hymn, marking the end of an emotional morning for all at the High School as we remembered the fallen.

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