Dawn Remembrance Service 2022
On the morning of 11th November, Marlborough College Malaysia held a dawn Remembrance Service, honouring those who gave their lives for their country during World War One and subsequent conflicts. The service, held on Court, was attended by day and boarding pupils of all nationalities and ages, staff and parents.
The Service began with a short introduction by the Master, who spoke of the great sacrifice of the young men who gave their lives so that we may stand here today. In particular he spoke of the 749 Marlburians who died fighting in World War One and left a legacy that we remember to this day.
Readings were then given by Senior Prefects, Waffie and Oliver, Remove boarder Sam and Mr. Harkins. At 7am, the lament, The Flowers of the Forest, was piped by Mr. McDiarmid and faded into the dawn mist as Remove boarder, Mavis, played the Last Post on the balcony followed by a minute of sombre silence, ending with the Reveille. The Master and Mr. Gough laid a wreath for the College and another for the Old Marlburians at our Cenotaph, a show of respect and remembrance for those departed.
The Prep School gathered for a Remembrance Assembly later in the morning and pupils gathered around a field of poppies to hear the service delivered by Mrs. Eaton-Jones. Beginning with moving musical performances from both the prep orchestra and choir and ending with a piece on the bagpipes from Mr. McDiarmid, the pupils returned to class, thoughtful and reflective on the service they had attended.
Earlier this week, Senior School also held a moving Remembrance Assembly, during which pupils and beaks read aloud letters from the trenches and from those who remained at home, before the Last Post again introduced a profoundly respectful minute’s silence.