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This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-1918). With the Great War came a momentous loss that was felt deeply across the country and Trent College was no exception.
People will be familiar with the heroics of famous fighter pilot Albert Ball, but Albert was one of many former pupils who laid down their lives in the line of duty during the First World War. 514 Old Tridents were involved in active service. 97 never returned. Two decades after ‘the war to end all wars’, a further 82 Old Tridents would lose their lives in World War II.
The memory of their collective sacrifice lives on in the school chapel where two memorials, bearing the names of each fallen soldier, face the congregation from the very front of the room. This year the transparent figure of a soldier has also been placed in the Chapel, a tangible reminder of the people who lost their lives at war and a symbol of Trent’s support for the ‘There But Not There’ campaign. The nationwide project aimed to place representative figures of soldiers in locations across the country and, in the process, commemorate, educate and heal; commemorate those who died in conflict, educate younger generations about their sacrifices, and heal the veterans who carry the mental and physical wounds of war.
Remembrance at Trent also extends beyond the Chapel. At Debating Club earlier this week debaters from all year groups discussed the importance of the poppy as an emblem, whilst in Religious Studies Year 9 pupils have been reflecting on war and the value of life itself. The theme for the upcoming St Cecilia’s Concert is ‘war and peace’ and one Music student is in the midst of composing a song for intended performance at a WWI memorial, having chosen the topic as part of their A Level coursework. At the weekend, Remembrance will continue with the 1st XV holding a commemorative minute’s silence before kick-off tomorrow afternoon and on Sunday, Father Bernard will lead our annual Remembrance Day service. This is an opportunity for pupils, parents, staff and Old Tridents to come together to remember those who fought for our future.
A hundred years may have passed, but Remembrance remains at the heart of Trent every November. The Great War will always be a significant part of school history and Remembrance will continue to be a time for reverence, contemplation and great gratitude for all members of the school community.
Trent’s annual Remembrance service will be taking place in the Chapel from 7.30pm on Sunday. All friends of the school are welcome to attend.