22nd November 2016 — All Senior School and Sixth Form students attended a Remembrance service held in the Hurst Chapel on Friday 11th November.
During the service, a two minute silence was held and The Last Post was played by Upper Sixth student Grace Watson. The Head Girl, Shona Manson, and CCF Contingent Commander, Dan Higgins, gave readings to the pupils.
The College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) plays an important role in Hurst’s Remembrance Service, as the fallen would have been trained and introduced to life in the Services through the CCF training. Sixth Former and Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major, Jack Court, marched the CCF standard up the Chapel aisle and draped it over the altar alongside two poppy wreathes, laid by the Head Boy, Tom Law, and Headmaster.
Headmaster, Mr Manly, read out the names of every member of the Hurst community who has died in battle, in the First World War, Second World War and subsequent conflicts. With each name, a current Sixth Form student or member of staff stood up in the Chapel to remember every fallen individual. This annual tradition is one of the most poignant moments of the service, as the whole Upper Sixth year and many members of staff that stand – 193 in total - act as an emotional symbol of how the wars took so many lives from the College.
On Sunday 13th November, Hurst College also took 23 cadets and Officers to the Hurstpierpoint village Remembrance Parade. They marched through the Village with the Standard before attending a remembrance service in Holy Trinity Church.