Today around 1,000 pupils and members of staff at Mill Hill School and The Mount, Mill Hill International, came together at 11.00 to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and to honour Old Millhillians who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, as well as later conflicts in the Twentieth Century. In a ceremony which has taken place at Mill Hill annually for almost 100 years, pupils and staff assembled in front of the School to hear readings, lay wreaths in memory of the fallen and to observe two minutes’ silence, before walking in pairs through the Gate of Honour. The Gate was built in 1920 to commemorate the School’s war dead, and we hope that those involved in its construction would be pleased to know that we maintain the tradition that they initiated. Following the ceremony at the Gate of Honour, pupils made their way either to a special Chapel Remembrance Service or to presentations about the First World War given by members of the History Department.
To mark this centenary year of remembrance, artists in the Fourth Form, Remove and Lower Sixth created 100 individual poppies from ink, wire and paper which were planted in the Chapel’s Memorial Garden during the ceremony. Also, this year for the first time we sourced photographic portraits of the majority of the 193 Old Millhillians who died during the First World War. The portraits, which can be seen above, were displayed one by one in the Chapel above the altar as their names were read out individually by The Interim Head, Mrs Jane Sanchez. High-quality sepia prints of the portraits were also displayed around the Chapel, which emphasized the tragic loss of the fallen as we put faces to the long list of names.