This year’s remembrance is especially poignant as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. To begin the weekend of commemoration, on Friday 9 November the entire school stood solemnly together on the Quad for the Act of Remembrance. This was followed on Sunday 11 November with Remembrance Service in the Chapel. We welcomed pupils, staff, Old Johnians and families to commemorate those lost and affected during their service for our country. Poppy-adorned wreathes were laid upon the war memorial, with thanks from all at the School including The Head, CCF Regiments and all pupils.
The CCF Regimental Dinner took place on Saturday 10 November, with a number of different uniforms in attendance. The CCF welcomed guest of honour, Wing Commander Helene Gould, who is the OC of Sussex Wing Air Training Corps. Helene was, until recently, the OC Surrey Wing and has been a long-time supporter and collaborator with the CCF. During the dinner, guests marked the RAF 100, 100 years of Women's Suffrage and 100 years since the end of the First World War, with three speeches by the cadet heads of each section in the CCF.
We have been honoured to display a number of the silhouette figures of soldiers across the School as part of the There But Not There commemoration. This is a powerful and poignant tribute, placing figures back into the communities they left behind; with an important goal being to educate the younger generations on the footsteps in whom they follow around the School. Rowena Cole, The Head of St John’s, has reflected on the importance of remembering those who died in war in assembly and in her blog.
During the First World War, 158 Old Johnians and two members of staff fought and lost their lives; a total of 768 former pupils and 21 teachers served. A War Memorial website for St John’s School has been created to commemorate those who served in the First World War. Please visit the website to find out more, including the roll of honour and some individual biographies: http://stjohnsleatherheadatwar.co.uk/