Lest we forget...
Today, 707 pupils at Wellington College lay down, as if dead, in the school's Quad, poignantly remembering the 707 pupils of Wellington who died in the Great War. Many of them left school to go straight into the war, and died within weeks.
Wellington always does Remembrance big. This year, they are devoting over a week to Remembrance events, holding ceremonies, services and tributes from Sunday 6 November to Sunday 13 November. This year, there was also eight performances of Journey's End, directed by Dr Anthony Seldon, the Master (headmaster). They also did five candlelit presentations. As the ceremony progressed, the candles were blown out one by one, leaving the room in darkness.
It must have been heartbreaking.
Dr Seldon, reckons the Great War is larger in the public mind than it ever was.
"With three years to go before the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, what continues to surprise me is that the more World War 1 recedes in memory, the more powerful it becomes in the mind." he says on the school website. "Twenty five years ago, it seemed like the Trenches were about to disappear back into the mud. Now, the Trenches are alive with students and adult visitors. I can only imagine how much more busy still the Trenches will be as the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war approaches."