RTSFC Remember and Reflect on 100 Years Since the End of the First World War

12th November 2018

Staff and students came together last week to reflect and remember all those who served and sacrificed in a special service to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Led by College chaplain Georgia Condell, the remembrance service saw staff and students deliver moving readings from Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack; Vera Brittain’s Perhaps; and First they came by Martin Niemöller. Followed by a reflection remembering those lost, not only in the First World War but, in more recent and ongoing conflicts. Staff and students were challenged to go forward thoughtfully to ensure, as individuals, we each make a difference to the world around us. Showing love and everyday kindness to peers, friends, neighbours and all those we may encounter.

Public service students from the College then respectfully led the way into the two minutes silence with the reciting of the exhortation by student Lew Galton.

To mark the centenary, the College’s library and learning resource team also created a reflective display of materials and suggested reading to remember those who fought in WW1. Including many Old Tauntonian students. With so many young lives lost during the First World War from those who attended Taunton School in the early 1900s, the display was a poignant reminder of how closely entwined the College and local community are to so many who gave their lives to change our world.

The alumni project, which started with only the names on the College’s roll of honour, was researched and compiled by former library assistant Lesley for the 2014 centenary. Pulling information and records from old archived journals held at the College, looking into their genealogy and researching war records, she was able to pull together a record of their lives during the war.

Lesley, who came back to take part in today’s service said:

“The roll of honour in the College’s Main Hall details only the names of those former students who lost their lives in the war. I wanted to find a way to bring these to life, so students could make more of a connection to those who fought, and learn about their experiences of the war.”