Each year, the College remembers these 193 by assigning their names to a current pupil or member of staff, who then stand up one by one as the names are called aloud by Headmaster, Tim Manly.
As the first students stood tall amid the congregation, the sense of individual sacrifice could be felt most clearly. As more arose from their seats, not only did the extent of loss become most sobering but also, it created a striking representation of the great cost to humanity beyond the College walls, across the nation and throughout world.
After a succession of hymns and readings, the Chapel fell silent for the stirring rendition of The Last Post and the reading of the poignant Kohima Epitaph. The Chapel Choir sang Listening for the word from God and Responding in Hope and Commitment with a touching solemnity: high up in the recently built chapel gallery, student musicians accompanied the singing with their brass instruments.
It's 94 years since many parts of the globe began to celebrate peace on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This year, with the Armistice Day falling on Remembrance Sunday, the College's Combined Cadet Forces joined with the Hurstpierpoint Village Army Cadet Force in a parade to commemorate those who did not return and whose loss are still felt in the community today.
For Hurst, the most recent loss was of Major Josh Bowman in July 2010, who left the College after Sixth form in 1994. His bravery, service and sacrifice during the ongoing Afghan war will always be honoured, not just alongside each of his fallen military comrades but also as a member of the Hurst community.
Headmaster, Tim Manly, also attended the village memorial and said, "In addition to remembering the many from Hurst who died in the theatre of war to defend our country, we also remember all victims of war and conflict".
Posted on 12/11/2012