On Sunday 12 November, pupils, OLs, Friends of Lancing Chapel, parents and staff gathered in the Chapel of S. Mary and S. Nicolas for a Solemn Requiem Mass. The annual Act of Remembrance service unites the College community to remember those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and in conflicts since. As the ministers entered, the wreaths were presented at the altar on behalf of the College, the Governing Body, the Old Lancing Club and the two – Worthing and Hove - Prep schools. Both Father Richard and the Right Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, OL and Provost led the service, with the setting of the Mass being the Faure Requiem, sung beautifully by the Choir. The two-minute silence gave the congregation the opportunity to reflect on the suffering that all war brings, as well as on those who lost their lives. The service ended in the War Memorial Cloister where wreaths were laid by representatives from the College, Governing Body, OL Club and Prep Schools. The service was a moving experience for all and we are grateful especially to the CCF and all who helped with the day’s proceedings.
Head Master Dominic Oliver commented: “Schools, by definition, must be places of learning and, in our meditation upon Remembrance, we aim both to reflect upon the sacrifice of those who have gone before us and to learn from history’s most profound and troubling lessons.”
History of the Memorial Cloister:
The Foundation Stone of the Cloister was laid in the lee of the Chapel on 25 June 1921 in memory of those who died in the First World War. To match the inscriptions in the Cloister, John Hamblin OL generously created an online memorial, comprising the 370 names of those connected to Lancing who have lost their lives in conflicts. We are eternally grateful to John for producing such an extensive documentation of history.
You can visit the Lancing College War Memorial website.