".....THE SCHOOL WILL ALWAYS KEEP THEIR MEMORY GREEN"
“….. some have made the greatest sacrifice of all. They felt that their country called them, and they did not hesitate to answer the call. And while we deeply mourn their loss, the School will always keep their memory green, and when happier times come back again, the example of their self-sacrifice will still remain for all the succeeding generations who will receive their education within these walls.”
Mr G.W Arnison
RGS Headmaster, 1915
The whole school community, including governors, neighbours and friends of the school gathered in the Quad this morning for our Annual Service of Remembrance. This year the CCF will be on parade during the service.
The Head Boy introduced the event, remarking that our respect for this occasion was a communal event - not only for those from the School community who fell in wars of the 20th and 21st century, but for service men and women across the world.
We were honoured to have Gp Capt S Cloke (RAF High Wycombe) to give a reading and present a wreath in memory of our OW casualties of war during the morning's service.
OWs Frederick Youens and Ian Fraser, who fought in the First and Second World War respectively, continue to be an inspiration to us all, and a source of pride that we – through RGS – are so closely associated with them. Both were awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award ‘for gallantry in the face of the enemy’ that a serviceman in the British and Commonwealth forces can aspire to attain.
This year also marks one hundred years since World War One fighting stopped on land, air and sea, and in the run up to this monumental anniversary RGS remembers the nearly ten million soldiers who were lost on the front lines during the war.