Malvern College sustained enormous losses in the Great War, as did many schools of our kind. 457 Malvernians lost their lives in this war and on the hundredth anniversary of the cessation of hostilities this year, that fell poignantly on Sunday, 11th November, we held two Chapel Services around an Act of Remembrance at St George.
These powerful services and the Act of Remembrance were attended by 1,400 parents, pupils, and OMs. In the corridors of the Main Building were hung photographs of Malvern’s Fallen, permitting pupils to gain insight into the lives of their those who had died, many at a very young age.
In his address at the Chapel services, OM Lieutenant Colonel H.G.C.Bettinson WG (No.7,87-92) gave sobering talks about what it was like in war, in trenches, under fire, and the tragic impact it has on the families of all sides in the conflict. He spoke, of the sacrifice made by those who had little choice when caught up in war, and about the courage needed to emulate their selflessness in the contemporary world. Ivor Gurney poetry ‘To his love’ reminded us of the pain of loss through war “He’s gone, and all our plans are useless indeed. We’ll walk no more on Cotswolds Where the sheep feed quietly and take no heed.”
The Chamber Choir and Chapel Choir sang Blatchlys ‘For the Fallen’,in a deeply moving recital. Mr Adam Wharton, Acting Chaplain of Malvern College led both services with impeccable precision. As is our tradition, prayers were read by pupils in a range of languages reflecting the diversity of our international community.
Roberta Keys, Deputy Head: Logistics