The John Lyon School gathered together on 11 November

Remembrance and Reminiscences

14th November 2016

Old Lyonian Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Lancashire (Royal Navy Retired) joined The John Lyon School for the Act of Remembrance.

Year 7 boys were fortunate to have an impromptu Q&A session with LtCdr Lancashire, and asked him about his war experiences, his time on the destroyer HMS Keppel and his journey from the John Lyon School to the Royal Navy via the Harrow Sea Cadets. The boys were curious to hear about life at sea and LtCdr Lancashire shared his stories of serving on minesweepers that came under attack from submarines during the Second World War.

When asked for his advice for this group of the school's youngest pupils, the LtCdr advised boys to “make friends, make them well and they will stay with you for life” – a fitting sentiment that beautifully summarised a moving remembrance service attended by the whole School.

All 600 boys gathered for Remembrance Day alongside Old Lyonians, staff and teachers for a moving act of remembrance. The commitment to remember was read by Deputy Head Boy, Jack McCabe. Alex Clarke and James Boyle read some moving letters and poems written by boys and teachers who served in the First World War, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Service concluded with the reading of the names of the Great War dead by three boys representing the Combined Cadet Force, Sashankan Chandrakumar, Finn Lankester and Robin Goodger. The boys in full CCF uniform were a striking reminder that those from the School who fought in the Great War were not much older. A trumpeter marked the two minute's silence with the Last Post.

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