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11 November 2018

Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

On 11 November 2018, the School's acts of remembrance began with Roman Catholic Mass. At 9.45am, ringers including Harrovians rang the bells of St Mary's, before an Honour Guard paraded Harrow Rifle Corps (HRC) Colours into Chapel. A Service of Remembrance the took place there for Shell, Fifth Form and Sixth Form boys, at which former Light Dragoon and Old Harrovian Freddy Paske (West Acre 1999³) gave the address. The service was followed  by the laying of wreaths in the War Memorial and a reception for guests and parents, in the Old Harrovian Room. A second Service of Remembrance and Mass took place later on in the day, for Remove and Lower Sixth boys.

Late in the afternoon, in the fields adjacent to the School Farm, the School dedicated to the fallen a wood newly planted by Harrovians over recent months. Named Centenary Wood, this is marked by a memorial stone, which was unveiled during the proceedings. The School Chaplains led the School in hymn, prayer and blessings, and boys delivered recitals of The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and The Soldier Addresses His Body by Edgell Rickword. Current and future generations of Harrovians will run past Centenary Wood during cross country, and while playing Harrow Football. The Memorial Stone is also visible from the east side of the Hill, especially in winter.

In the evening, starting in the War Memorial Building, members of The Guild (Harrow’s elite performing and visual artists) presented 'Arts for Remembrance', a moving series of works in music, drama and art. This culminated in the Chapel, with a performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem by a small choir of Harrovians and girls from Francis Holland School. Throughout, in the Pasmore Gallery, there was an evocative and poignant exhibition of work in a variety of media, to symbolise and evoke the theme of memory and loss.

Away from the Hill, in an act of remembrance co-ordinated by the Harrow Association, Old Harrovian William Greenwell (Elmfield 1956³) laid a wreath on behalf of the School at a service in Ypres.