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1918-2018 We will remember…

‘Their name liveth for evermore’

On Sunday 11th November 2018, Reading School and the Old Redingensians Association marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  A special service was held in the Reading School Chapel where the Reading School community remembered those former pupils and staff known to have died during WW1. Current pupils, parents and alumni, as well as CCF, attended this moving ceremony, just one of thousands held throughout the country.

The Reading School Concert band greeted guests as they arrived.  The CCF band marched along the terrace and into the Chapel, led by Rowan (13KY).  The Chapel was filled to an unprecedented level, with over 200 people having pre-booked the event and more arriving on the day.  

After a warm welcome from Revd. Clive Windebank (OR 1952-59) and a couple of hymns, the two minutes silence were held at 11am, with ‘The Last Post’ played excellently by John Spence (11W).

Following this, Ken Brown (OR 1955-63) read The Act of Remembrance, and wreaths were laid by members of the CCF at the Kendrick War Memorial (for boys who attended Kendrick Boys School before it was absorbed into Reading School in 1916), the 1914-18 War Memorial and the 1939-45 War Memorial.

As the archivist of the Old Redingensians, Ken Brown was then able to provide short biographies accompanying the reading of the names of Old Redingensians who fell in 1918, in particular highlighting W. R. Eppstein, who was the nephew of William Charles Eppstein, a former Headmaster of the school of whom the Eppstein Room in South House is endowed to.

Additionally, Ken highlighted R. M. Deadman, who was the first OR to die in the war in 1918 and is also the youngest of all the ORs on the memorial in chapel. A commemoration to him can also be found on the Tower Hill Memorial  in London, where he is honoured alongside 12,000 men of the Mercantile Marine and Fishing Fleets, who have no known grave but the sea.

The address was given by Dom Timothy Gorham (OR 1964-71), who is a Benedictine Monk as well as being the Assistant Priest in Ealing Abbey Parish . This address, then lead into an elegant rendition of ‘In Pace’ from the school’s Chapel Choir, conducted by Mr J Tunstill, Director of Music.

Following the National Anthem, Senior Cadets led the congregation out of the Chapel, and to the Refectory, where sandwiches and cakes were served, whilst many OR’s were able to catch up over a coffee.

The event was a huge success and was a really special day to be a part of.  The President of the ORA, John Short (OR 1956-64), wishes to thank Mr Ashley Robson (Headmaster), for permission to use the Reading School Chapel; Mr James Tunstill (Director of Music) for playing the organ, conducting the choir and providing the Concert Band; John Spence for sounding the Last Post and Reville; the members of the CCF from Reading School and Kendrick School, under command of Capt. David Morris.

Written by Sean (13CF )

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