We will remember them.
Every Armistice Day, our Year 8 pupils are taken to the Gilgil War Cemetery just a few miles away from Pembroke House. This is one of the 38 cemeteries and memorials throughout Kenya that commemorate the service men and women of the Commonwealth forces that lost their lives in both World Wars.
At Gilgil, there are 225 graves, all but one who died in WW2. Beautifully maintained by the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) it is an unexpected and serene setting, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Gilgil town. As is tradition, the school holds a short service of remembrance, the Head Boy and Girl lay wreathes and then the children are given time for quiet reflection.
At 11:00am the whole school, wearing their poppies, gathered around the edge of Pre’s Lawn, forming a large and united circle, to mark the 11th Day of the 11th Month with a two-minute silence.
That evening, the school welcomed both parents and the wider community to join them for their annual Remembrance Service in the Christina Chapel. It is always a poignant and moving occasion and this year felt even more so, with the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine and recent invasion of Gaza.
There was a series of readings, including Dulce et Decorum Est and Homage for the Fallen, a strong performance of ‘We will remember them’ by the Senior Choir, a selection of hymns and prayers plus a minute’s silence, sounded by the Last Post. As is military tradition, this bugle call marks the final farewell.