Honouring the fallen

The School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) took part in the special High Barnet commemoration events to mark Remembrance Sunday in the World War I centenary year.

""The CCF joined other cadet forces, including the Sea Cadets and the Air Training Corps, in paying tribute to those who have given their lives in conflict. They gathered with adult reservists and veterans at a special service at St John’s Church. This included a two-minute silence and the sounding of the Last Post; it was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial outside the Church, also attended by many local people who had gathered there to pay their respects.

“The boys were very keen to be involved,” said the contingent’s leader Captain Armon (Mev Armon, of the School’s Biology Department). “They all felt the particular poignancy of the centenary of the start of World War I and the solemnity of the remembrance of all those who have died in various theatres of war up to the present day.”

""QE’s CCF regiment, which is open to boys in Year 9-13, started the day at Barnet’s Army Reserve Centre with a parade, which included a miltary marching band and ended it with a march past the borough’s Deputy Lieutenant, Martin Russell, who took the salute. The boys had to wear their Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) uniform, including jacket, green t-shirt, green belt and highly polished boots.

The High Barnet church parade was one of more than a dozen Remembrance Sunday services and wreath-laying events taking place around the borough.