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29th Nov, 2021

Solihull School remember the fallen at new war memorial

Sarah Mason 16th Nov, 2021

SOLIHULL School marked Armistice Day with a poignant wreath-laying ceremony and service.

Pupils, staff and invited guests gathered in the school’s Great Quadrangle at 11am on November 11 to remember those who died in the World Wars and other conflicts.

Wreaths were laid at the school’s new war memorial which was commissioned to mark the centenary of The Old Silhillians’ Association and to celebrate the bond that exists between Solihull School and former pupils.

This had been unveiled by Old Silhillian Roy Ward and Acting Headmaster Sean Morgan prior to the service.

Former pupil Roy Ward, who was present at the first war memorial unveiling in 1947, said: “74 years ago, I was in my first term at this great school and attended the unveiling of the old war memorial which is now being moved to another part of the campus.

“I can remember acknowledging at that time, just two years after the war, how important it was to remember and honour all those brave men and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our tomorrows.

“But, remembrance has more significance to me now than ever, which is why I have so enthusiastically supported this venture and am greatly honoured to be asked to unveil the new monument.”

A rendition of the Last Post was played by Kieran Bown, followed by a two-minute silence, the Reveille, and a Roll of Honour, before the acting headmaster recited the tribute to The Fallen.

The Act of Remembrance was followed by a Sixth Form Chapel Service.

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