Derby Grammar School Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday 9 November gave thanks to all those who have served in conflict, but particularly highlighted the fallen in World Wars I and II who attended Derby School.
The service was led by School Chaplain, Reverend Paul Taylor, and we were joined by the Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, Sarah Crane of the YMCA and governors. The address was from Barrie Sheard, archivist of the Old Derbeian Society, who began at Derby School back in 1945.
He gave an insight into some of the pupils of the former Derby School, remembering the 70 pupils who perished in World War I and the 59 who lost their lives in World War II. 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele where five Derby School pupils died. All are now remembered on a memorial in the grounds of St Helen’s House in Derby, the site of the old Derby School.
The poignant service included the recital of The Inquisitive Mind of a Child and the Last Post was played by Year 9 pupil, Ben. The assembly finished with the Barbershop Choir performing Bring Him Home.
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The inquisitive mind of a child
Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.
But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.