Harrovians, old and new, gathered on Sunday to pay their respects to those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in the line of duty.
The Service of Remembrance began with the laying of the Colours upon the altar and ended with the laying of wreaths in the War Memorial Building. The choir performed works including Greater Love by John Ireland and For the Fallen by Douglas Guest.
The colours used during the service were given to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Harrow Rifle Corps. They were presented by Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank (Newlands 19523), Chief of the Defence Staff 1997-2001. The colours include the names of the 19 Old Harrovians to have been awarded the Victoria Cross plus the name of the one member of staff to also have done so.
In a similar spirit, the names of the 642 Old Harrovians who lost their lives in the First World War are recorded on the walls of the Crypt Chapel, and those who died in the Crimean and Boer Wars are recorded in the South Aisle and Lady Chapel. Those who died in the World Wars and in subsequent military action are also commemorated in the War Memorial Building. Recently, a plaque has been added to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Britain.