The lives of past pupils of Wisbech Grammar School who were cut short by conflicts spanning almost 100 years were recalled at an act of remembrance on Monday.
The roll of honour, including 19 names from the Great War and a further 33 from the Second World War, was read by head of school Chloe Short and deputy head boys Mehroze Asif and George Porter.
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 memorial to 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.
One of the poems selected for the event, ‘The soldier’, by Rupert Brooke, who was a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, was read by Mr Bob Hawkins, the father of Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, who was serving as a sniper 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.
Alex’s mother, Mrs Jan Hawkins, who was joined at the service by her brother from Canada, Mr Michael Coates, explained that her daughter, Terrie, had recently given birth to a son and she had named him Alex.
Upper sixth form student Rachel McGlone acted as the narrator for the event and the last post and reveille were performed by Fraser McNab and Edward Page.