National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

On Sunday 5 October the Third Form joined a CCF detachment and paraded the College Colours at a Memorial Service along with the Cheltonian Association & Society. 

This trip to the NMA was a significant event in the College's First World War Centenary programme, and for many of the Third Form sets the scene for the History Department trip to the battlefields on Northern France during half term.

Cheltenham College is the only school that has its own memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. The main inscription reads: ‘To the memory of former pupils from Cheltenham College who have served in wars and campaigns since 1841’. The Lectern Board (outlining College’s history) to the right of the memorial was donated by Dr Bridget Jepson the niece of Desmond Scott, an Old Cheltonian who was killed in action in 1916 at Pozieres.   

On Sunday 5 October 2014, the Third Form joined a CCF detachment and paraded the College Colours at a Memorial Service along with the Cheltonian Association & Society. In his welcome, the Cheltonian Society President, Mr Peter Badham paid tribute to all those Old Cheltonians who have served their country and the 675 who were killed in the First World War. The College Chaplain spoke of the six thousand different stories that “this stone has to bear and will bear too the future stories…” referring to all those Cheltonians who have served their country and those currently serving.   

Wreaths were laid by Cadet Warrant Officer 1 Jack Grimwade (U6, NH) and Mr Peter Badham. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Cadet Lance Corporal Luke Knudsen (5th, NH). The Ode of Remembrance said by Cadet Corporal Antonia Stuckey (L6, Q) and the Kohima Epitaph said by Cadet Leading Hand Dmitrii Usynin (L6, NH). 

This trip to the NMA was a significant event in the College’s First World War Centenary programme, and for many of the Third Form sets the scene for the History Department trip to the battlefields of Northern France during half term. 

 

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