12 November 2018
Last week Woldingham remembered those who have died in the line of duty in a moving Remembrance Assembly.
Mr Taylor reminded everyone of the origin of Remembrance Day and that November 11 2018 marks exactly 100 years since the official end of World War One. He also reflected on what has happened in the 100 years since then through the life of Margaret, who went to nearby Bromley High School. Margaret read geography at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1908 and worked at the Admiralty during WWI as a cartographer. Her brother and her boyfriend went off to fight in 1914 and both were killed – her brother on his 28th birthday. In 1918, Margaret hoped for a better future; however, just 24 years later her son, Philip, went off to fight in France in WWII. Fortunately, he returned safely and went on to practice medicine, including treating people injured by landmines. In 2008, Margaret’s great granddaughter graduated from the same college, with the same degree, exactly 100 years after Margaret… hope for the future.
Mr Taylor then asked students to think ahead to the next 100 years and the importance of being peacemakers and creating a better future through hard work and love.
Sisters Georgia and Maddie, who have a family member currently serving in the armed forces, laid the wreath before the two minute silence was observed.