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, but the request to commemorate the event this year by playing the two pieces of music came from the pupils themselves. Pupils from across the whole Senior School observed the silence in their classrooms. 

Later this week, English teacher Alexandra Davis will give a lecture on War Poetry as part of the Ipswich School lecture series for pupils, staff and the public.  This free event takes place at 7pm in Great School on Ivry Street.

Over the last year, Ipswich School has marked the anniversary of the start of World War One in a number of ways.  A virtual exhibition was launched 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 war. 

Ipswich School held its annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday 9 November – a particularly special occasion this year as it commemorated the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ipswich School Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Old Ipswichians and current Cadets and their families took part in the evening service in the School Chapel, a service which also saw the presentation of a new CCF flag - a first for the school.

A total of 414 pupils or former pupils from Ipswich School fought in World War I 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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