Ipswich School commemorates Armistice Day

Commemorations for those who died in World War One and all victims of conflict were marked today at Ipswich School, when trumpeters from the school’s orchestra stood on the roof of the library to perform the Last Post and Reveille to start and finish a two minute silence throughout the school. 

The school has always noted the two minute silence, and last year – to mark the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One – pupils suggested that they stand on the school library roof to play the pieces, and this was repeated today. Pupils from across the whole Senior School observed the silence in their classrooms and in the school playground. 

Over the last two years, Ipswich School has marked the anniversary of the start of World War One in a number of ways.  There is a virtual exhibition on the school’s website, featuring photographs, artefacts and documents from the school archives and also from the lofts, desks and drawers of people connected with the school:

www.ipswich.suffolk.sch.uk/worldwarone

A group of sixth form historians also researched and wrote an exhibition which was recently displayed at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich, featuring some of the stories of former Ipswich School pupils who served in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of 1915. 

A total of 414 pupils or former pupils from Ipswich School fought in World War One of whom 71 died.  The majority, 359, served in the Army, 27 served in the Navy and 28 served in the Royal Flying Corps and other units.

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