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Lest We Forget

The St Peter’s community joined together this week to mark the 100 years since Armistice, the end of the first world war. It has been a truly tremendous week starting with an increasing sea of poppies creeping into the main reception hall. Each child created their own poppy in the style of an artist that they have been studying this term, with styles ranging from pop art to cubism. The Reception is the most wonderful exhibition space and the effect is both joyous and thought provoking. Our boarders spent Wednesday evening creating individual crosses and poppies marked with the name of the St Peter’s Alumni who lost their lives in the great war. On Friday the Prep school made its way down to Exmouth Holy Trinity church for a really very special service led by Dr Evans and put together by Mr Hoban. Many parents, grandparents and community members also joined us and it was good to hear the school in rousing voice. Mr Godwin-Brown read ‘Magpies in Picardy’ by Theodore Wilson, Esme read ‘To Tony (aged 3) (in memory T. P C W)’ by Marjorie Wilson and Joe read, with great expression, ‘Memoirs of a Padre. This was followed by an exceptionally beautiful piece, ‘The Padre’ written by Mr Hoban for our Chamber Choir followed by the Ode to Remembrance. The Chamber choir soared above the congregation with some exceptional descants on ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’ and ‘God Save the Queen’. Some of our families then joined the community at Exmouth for a ‘Lights On’ ceremony with local school children. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend as I was singing with the Exeter Philharmonic in Exeter Cathedral!

Yesterday, the Johnstons joined the local Exmouth community at a very well attended service at the war memorial in the centre of the town. The rain cleared to reveal the most beautiful rainbow exactly as the service started. Truly magical. Last night we went to Lympstone to see the Beacon lit as part of the ‘Beacons of light’ ceremony across the UK, symbolising Peace. It has been a great time of coming together and I am so proud of the St Peter’s community for marking and honouring this event.

St Peter’s Preparatory School Roll of Honour

Fl. Off. Quentin Garden – Liberator Captain, died 28 August 1944 during a night mission.
Lt. Edward Wright – Royal Engineers, died in India 12 February 1945, aged 22.
Fl. Lt. Derek Wainwright – RAF Volunteer Reserve, Spitfire Pilot, wounded in action and died 10 June 1942, aged 20.
Sub Lt. Howard Cardwell – RN Volunteer Reserve, Malta, died 23 December 1941.
Lt. Owen Gould – Royal Artillery, killed at Anzio on 20 February 1944.
Lt. John Gould – Royal Corps Signals. Killed in Burma on 23 January 1944.
Lt. Harold Holme – Rajputana Rifles, died 12 February 1941.
Geoffrey Dawes – Assistant Deputy Commissioner to Governer, Leeward Islands – details unknown.
Fl. Lt. Richard Roe – RAF – details unknown.
Capt. Percy Wilson MC – Queen’s Royal Regiment, killed Anzio Beachhead 22 February 1944, aged 28.
Capt. Michael Hogg – Staffordshire Regiment, died 8 July 1944, aged 28.
John Benn – lost at sea off East Africa 16 August 1944, aged 17.
Lt. Harold Coombe – evacuated sick and died in India 20 November 1944, aged 26.
Lt. Bryn Jenkin – Devonshire Regiment, shot by sniper, Normandy, 14 August 1944.
Sgt.Pilot James Colmer – RAF Volunteer Reserve Bomber Command, died 20 September 1941, aged 20.
Fl. Lt. Michael Donne – RAF 17 Squadron Hurricane pilot, died 11 May 1940, aged 23.
2nd Lt. John Sutton (Wallis-Jones) – Devonshire Regiment, died 13 May 1944 in Burma aged 20.
Capt. Dennis South – Hampshire Regiment, killed in motor accident in France, 13 January 1940, aged 26.