Remembering the fallen at Wisbech

Wisbech Grammar School during the event
Wisbech Grammar School during the event

The lives of Wisbech Grammar School past pupils that were cut short by conflicts spanning almost 100 years were recalled at an act of remembrance.

The roll of honour, including 19 names from the Great War, 33 from the Second World War and a further two from more recent conflicts, Mull of Kintyre and Southern Afghanistan, was read by Heads of School Oliver Short and Ellen Bunker and Deputy Heads of School Elliot Collingwood-Smith and Emily Wood.

Poppy crosses were placed on the Stationers’ Memorial, which commemorates the years 1939 to 1942 when the school provided a shelter from the storm for the Stationers’ Company’s School, and on the memorials to past pupils, Major Christopher Dockerty, who was killed in the Chinook helicopter crash on Mull of Kintyre in 1994 and who was posthumously awarded the Elizabeth Cross; and Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, who was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed in an explosion that struck his Vector vehicle as he was leading his men home from a routine patrol in Helmand province in July 2007.

Mr Bob Hawkins, the father of Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins joined pupils on stage during the service and read the poem, ‘The Soldier’, by Rupert Brooke. Josie Suiter, Sharon Muhia, Esme McIntyre, Rosie Fowler, Isobel Fear, James Horsburgh, James Thompson and Mr Mark Jarvis also read poems during the service which was narrated by Third Form pupil, Eleanor Sloan. The Magdalene House Preparatory School choir sang ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and the last post and reveille was performed by Edward Page.