A beautiful sunrise preluded a morning of contemplation and reflection as boarders and beaks rose before dawn to represent the College at today’s Remembrance Sunday Service at Kranji War Cemetery. Representatives from all faiths and denominations stood side by side in a poignant reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers made for our freedom and peace. The joint choir of Marlborough, Tanglin and Dulwich pupils sang beautifully and the reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields” set the scene before the Master laid a wreath on behalf of the College.
749 members of the Marlborough community – pupils, beaks and staff – lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. Parts of their stories are contained in records held by the College in Wiltshire, in particular in the Rolls of Honour which are kept in the Memorial Hall, and in the copies of The Marlburian of that time. The former consist of a photograph and a citation for each of those who died; the latter tell the story of many of them while at school, as well as in many cases obituary or In Memoriam notices when news of their death was received. Many others were lost in the Second World War and other conflicts; our liberty is a consequence of their ultimate sacrifice.