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Remembrance Day ceremonies keep memory alive

With each passing year, those Old Boys who served in the Second World War—and attend our annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Prep and Upper School —dwindle in number. This year’s event on Nov. 10 honoured both the living and the dead.

A highlight of the proceedings was also a video that documented the travels of 12 students who toured European battlefields this past summer, walking in the footsteps of the 179 Old Boys who gave their lives in the First World War.

The following Old Boys attended: Bill Wilder ’40, Derek Foulds ’41, Fraser McKee ’43, Ed Saunders ’43, John Farquharson ’44, John Gillespie ’44, Alan Wilson ’49, Douglas Scott ’47 and Greg Burton ’77. Saunders, Scott and Burton also attended the Prep ceremony where another special guest was Lieutenant (Navy) Adam Gravitis.

“Gentlemen, we are so grateful for your contributions, and we’re honoured by your presence,” said Principal Sam McKinney who also called the names of those Second World War veterans who passed away over the past year: Taylor Statten ’32, Terry Goddard ’36, Arthur Ridler ’41, Donald Simpson ’41, Geoffrey Smith ’41, James Turnbull ’42, Dean Ross ’42, James O’Reilly ’43, George Reid ’43, Roy Hunt ’44 and Douglas Dyment ’45

Three members of the Cleghorn family, donor of the Military History Immersion Program, were also present — Ian Cleghorn, Andy Moore and Lynne Bridgeman. Led by Upper School history teacher Fiona Marshall and introduced last year, it’s an invaluable opportunity for boys to learn about Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars. Last year, 12 students researched the lives of some of our fallen Old Boys, and paid respects to them in a tour of European battlefields including Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe and Juno Beach. Below the photo gallery is the video, produced by teacher David Crawford, who also went on the trip.