Former pupils who lost their lives in conflict were remembered at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, at two Remembrance Day services on 11 November 2015.
At both services the names of those lost were read aloud, before an address was given by Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis. He spoke of how the past pupils, who were lost in the First World War and other wars, were ordinary people too. His description of their lives, including that of Graham Lambie who died in Northern Ireland in 1988, gave pupils an insight into the magnitude of the loss for every family affected.
After the first service, for pupils aged 7 – 13, the school’s cadets marched from the school’s chapel to the flagpole for a wreath laying ceremony. They also formed an honour guard as people left chapel after the second service, which was for older and past pupils along with other guests.
Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis said:
“It is appropriate that we take time to remember those that have lost their lives in the service of this country. The behaviour of pupils throughout today has been respectful and dignified and they have taken Remembrance Day very seriously. Our Cadets, who have many new recruits amongst their number, performed their duties impeccably.”
Alongside the roll of honour in the school chapel, a special memorial lists past pupils who lost their lives almost exactly a hundred years ago in the First World War. Details are updated every few weeks when there is another hundredth anniversary of a life lost. The latest update is for Eric Edwardes who arrived at the school, then an orphanage, in 1903, aged 8, after his father’s death. He later volunteered for the army and died on 8 November 1915, aged 19, only 11 days after being sent to France.