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Gordon's Remembers

Gordon's School students, staff, parents and members of the community gathered around the school's Parade Square on Sunday for a Parade and Service of Remembrance, featuring the Pipes and Drums.

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Pipe Major Matt Carter plays the Lament at the Gordon's School Remembrance Parade and Service.
Pipe Major Matt Carter plays the Lament at the Gordon's School Remembrance Parade and Service.

15th November 2021 — Members of the community joined students, parents and staff from Gordon’s in West End, Woking for the Parade and Service of Remembrance on Sunday around the Parade Square at the school, taken by the School Chaplain the Reverend Graham Wright.

Dressed in their Blues uniform and accompanied by the Pipes and Drums – a unique feature of Gordon’s that has been part of the school since its inception over a century ago – the student body marched and remembered the sacrifices of so many, including the 155 former students killed in action during the First World War; 31 in the Second World War and Gordonian Darryl Gardiner and affiliated staff member Steve Curley, both killed in Afghanistan.

Poppy wreaths were laid by Major General John Russell Jones OBE, a Gordon’s Trustee on behalf of the Gordon Foundation Trustees; Former Head Boy and Gordonian, Second Lieutenant David Hutchings for the Gordonians and School Sergeant Major Louis Phipps for staff, students and parents of the school.

Staff, students and their families – many of whom are currently serving their country in the Forces - observed the two minute silence, preceded by The Last Post played by trumpeter Ben Hallett.

The Exhortation was read by Major General John Russell Jones OBE.

Pipe Major Matt Carter piped the Lament. The Pipes and Drums, who earlier in the month had performed at Canon Street Tube Station to raise money for the Royal British Legion for their London Poppy Day, the Aldershot Town FC v Grimsby Town FC Remembrance Match and the Dame Vera Lynn Tribute Concert, later on Sunday took part in the Chobham Remembrance Parade.

Headmaster Andrew Moss commented: “We are proud to honour and recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by students from Gordon’s as well as the men and women from the wider community and across the Commonwealth.“

Gordon's School (Coed 11-18) is a day and boarding school in Surrey.

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