We are pleased to share here a short film of an act of Remembrance held in Alleyn's Great Hall, in lieu of the Parade and Service usually hosted each year by the Edward Alleyn Club at Christ's Chapel in Dulwich Village.
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During this short film you will see members of the Alleyn's staff and our School Captain represent the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel. Our Chaplain, Rev Lander, leads the service that you see here, and Major Benest represents the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS. A Year 10 pupil sounds the Last Post and the Reveille, and we respect the silence while wreaths are laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.
The Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from Alleyn's, and therefore it returns to one of its original uses as we respect the Remembrance this Sunday 8 November. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.
The Rifles received battle honours for the Boer War, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Le Transloy, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Cambrai 1917, St Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Ancre 1918, Amiens, Albert 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1915–18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1916–17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jericho, Jordan, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917–18.
Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November, with an act of commemoration in the School quad live-streamed to staff and pupils across the site.