In an emotive and thought-provoking week, Sedbergh honoured those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
In the week leading up to the Remembrance Sunday service, pupils had been studying about Old Sedberghians who had fought for their country.
In their Houses, pupils were tasked with learning about these former pupils, including details of their time at Sedbergh and their role in the armed forces, which were then shared with peers via readings throughout the week.
One of these readings was regarding a highly decorated Luptonian, Claude Swanwicke Worthington (1891-1894) who received Distinguished Service Order and Bar. Claude was one of three brothers who attended Sedbergh, all of which were in Lupton House. His brother Thomas (1895-1899) was awarded the Military Cross in 1916, whilst John (1901-1905) went on to be a successful architect and is responsible for the design of the School’s War Memorial and Cloisters.
Boarding Houses hosted their own in-house Remembrance services, paying their respects to the Old Sedberghians who lost their lives on the battlefield. In their Remembrance services, current pupils recited a Roll of Honour, reading out the name of the Old Sedberghians who had fallen in conflict. Selected pupils and staff also delivered a series of poems and readings as part of these services.
On Monday 11th November, at 11 o’clock, all staff and pupils congregated on the Cloisters to mark Armistice Day with a two-minute silence. Year 13 pupil, Geordan, performed the Last Post as Sedbergh paid their respects to the many men, women and animals who have lost their lives in combat. It is believed that 1,260 Old Sedberghians served during the Great War of 1914-1918, with 259 known to have been killed or died as a result of the injuries received during the First World War.