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On Friday 1 July, the School held a dawn vigil on the Quad to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme and to remember especially those who were killed on that first day.
22 Old Johnians lost their lives at the Somme, six of them on 1 July 1916. Staff, pupils and parents commemorated the passing of 100 years with a short service at 7.30am led by the Chaplain, which included prayers, readings and the laying of wreaths at the School’s war memorial.
A spokesman from the Royal British Legion commented: “The Battle of the Somme has come to symbolise the enormous losses and dreadful conditions of the First World War. As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion is asking the country to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fell at the Battle of the Somme by holding their own Remembrance event.”
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