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Remembering The Fallen

8 November 2019 | Tagged: Senior School, Junior School, Events

The High School community commemorated those who fell during World War I and II in a poignant Remembrance Service this morning.

Pupils and staff from both the Senior and Junior Schools were joined by guests at Old Anniesland to remember those who lost their lives during the Wars, including more than 700 former pupils of the School.

Ciara Rogers and Guy Rose of Sixth Year shared the story of a particular former pupil, Richard Macfarlane, a member of the 617 Dambuster Squadron, whose efforts in this historic mission played such a significant role in bringing World War II to an end. They spoke of the peril of the mission and the near miss that Richard's plane encountered in May 1943, the pilot flying so low that the Lancaster Bomber hit the water, causing the bouncing bomb to be lost in the water below.

Ciara and Guy explained that although Richard and the rest of the crew returned safely from the Dambuster raids, a further mission over Europe a few months later was to lead to Richard and five other crew members losing their lives after their plane was shot down over Belgium.

Following a moment's silence to remember Richard, the fallen former pupils of the School and all those who lost their lives, School Captain, Pippa Meek, laid a wreath on behalf of the School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Craig MacDonald, 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 High School.

We Will Remember Them

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