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Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War with the blessing of a new Memorial Garden that is being created in memory of former pupils who fought and died for their country during the First World War.

A moving Remembrance Parade formed part of Mount St Mary’s College’s commemorations of the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

100 uniformed cadets from the school joined fellow pupils for a special service in the Memorial Chapel.  The service began in the Chapel that the school built after the First World War in recognition of former pupils who had fought and died for their country.  The service was attended by some of the families of those pupils.

Wreaths were placed on the altar before the Last Post was performed.  RAF and army cadets and officers then marched the short distance from the Chapel to the village cenotaph.

Headmaster, Dr Nicholas Cuddihy, said, “Mount St Mary’s College is very proud to be taking part in the commemorations and remembering all those who fought in past wars.  It is an established tradition here on campus to mark Remembrance Day and this year is particularly poignant.”

A series of events took place at Mount St Mary’s College throughout November to commemorate the anniversary and to give pupils a better understanding of that time.

Events have included lunchtime activities where pupils have been given the opportunity to learn about what life was like for soldiers serving at the front.  Each was given a ‘ration pass’ at lunchtimes, they have ‘reported’ in as soldiers to the ‘mess hall’ where they were given their daily ration of food in traditional ‘mess tins’.

The Remembrance Parade was followed by a ceremonial start to the digging of the school’s World War One Memorial Garden.  Mount St Mary’s College chaplain, Fr Simon Ellis, blessed the grounds after pupils joined with Chelsea Pensioner, Steve Allen (also a former pupil) to dig the first clods of earth as a symbol of the start of the project.  The memorial garden will be completed by pupils and staff over the four years of the centenary.

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Pictured above, Mount St Mary’s College marks the 100 year anniversary of the First World War with the blessing and launch of a new Memorial Garden on the Spinkhill campus.  Chelsea Pensioner, Steve Allen is pictured here with pupils from Mount St Mary’s College preparatory school, Barlborough Hall School, and their teacher Karen Keeton, who attended the ceremony.