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Bury CE High School Remembers

On the 9th November at 10.30 am, members of the school and local community gathered to pay our respects to the fallen. In this the centenary year of the Armistice, members of the armed forces, along with former pupils attended the event along with pupils who are part of uniformed organisations, those involved in form worship, the senior prefects and also the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies.

Current members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers joined our service along with former members of the armed forces and also the family of a former pupil of the school who had served in the British army. Sgt Eric White Attended Church Central School 1955 – 1959. He joined the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and served for 27 years. During this time he was stationed in Gibraltar and Hong Kong, he also carried out seven tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the troubles.During these tours he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery which was presented to him by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately Eric died of cancer in 1997 aged 52. Eric’s story has been preserved in our Book of Remembrance which we hope to continue to add to.

The last post was sounded in the main hall and also at different stations around school. This was sounded by a professional bugler from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers along with a retired soldier, Mr Battye and several pupils. A bagpipe lament was also played by Richard France, a former pupil of the school.

The logo pictured was designed by Holly Ridings, year 11. She has designed a logo which joins all the threads of the Bury Armistice Commemoration Trail and it has been used extensively in pamphlets and advertising linked with Bury’s Remembrance Events.

Additionally, in the service silhouettes from the national art installation ‘There but not there’ were seated amongst the congregation. The intention of this was to enable those present to reflect on the contribution and sacrifice made by the previous generation and also reflect on the impact that this would have had on the families and communities of those who served. The silhouettes provided a haunting reminder of the people who served in armed conflicts and gave their lives so that we might have a future, they also provided focus on the fact that many of those who died were from our own communities and had left a lasting legacy in our immediate vicinity.


Reflecting on the importance of such an event Reverend Watson said “The School has held a Remembrance Day service every year because we believe that it is important to pass on to the next generation the message that there can be no winners in war. Additionally, we want our pupils to reflect on the fact that members of our community sacrificed much in order to try to create a better world for them, so that we might in turn inspire them to create a better world which transforms lives for good and creates better communities.”