Remembrance Day – Lest we forget
In respect of Remembrance day, the day in which World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, we remember the people who have died in wars. The Children in 6 Oak produced heart felt pieces of art work to commemorate those lives who had been lost on the battlefield.
The children also recited a poem this morning by Vera Brittain, a poem with an emotional story behind it.
When war broke out in August, both Roland and Vera’s brother Edward applied to serve in the British army, meaning Roland never took up his place at Merton College but instead was sent to the Western Front with the 7th Worcestershire regiment. He and Vera became engaged while he was on leave in August 1915. During this period, Vera decided to leave Oxford for the duration of the War to become a nurse. She began nursing, in June 1915, at the Devonshire Hospital, Buxton, and, in November, transferred to a military hospital, the 1st London General Hospital in Camberwell, south-east London.
On 26 December 1915, while waiting at Brighton for Roland to arrive home on leave, Vera learned that he had been killed in France by a German sniper. She was working in the hospital in Camberwell when Edward, who had received his long-awaited commission in 1916, arrived to recover from wounds received on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.