Watsonians Honoured at Cenotaph

Watsonians Honoured at Cenotaph

Published on 14 January 2019

School Captains with the London Watsonian Club at the Cenotaph, WhitehallOn Friday 11 January, School Captains Ben Stanley and Cailin Hart (both S6), together with Principal Melvyn Roffe were joined by the London Watsonian Club to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Watsonians who died during World War One have been honoured at the Cenotaph, in the centre of London since the end of that war.

The following is from the 1922 edition of The Watsonian.

The Cenotaph – Watsonian Day, 1922

1922 Cenotaph ceremony

(The Rt Hon Ian Macpherson, KC, MP, Minister of Pensions, placed a wreath on the Cenotaph on behalf of members of the London Watsonian Club on Friday, 20th January. He was accompanied by Lieut-Col Sir Duncan Rhind, Statistical Adviser to the Ministry of Pensions; Mr Geo. W Chrystal, CB, Secretary of the Ministry of Pensions; Mr John Myers, FCA; Mr Jas. Thomson, Mr RJ Litster and Mr RO Mackay, honorary secretary and treasurer of the club.)

A Minute to twelve. The January sun breaks through the wintry sky and bathes the broad mirage of Whitehall a brighter shade. On the pavement stand seven former pupils of a famous School, gathered to pay homage to a gallant six hundred fellows of the same college, who gave their lives for their brothers' freedom.

The president of the Old Boys' Club, whose present honours their homage, is chief of a Ministry whose work is associated with the wounded, the widows, and the dependants of those whose memory is perpetuated by the Cenotaph that stands in the middle of the broad highway. His companions, too, could have been no more appropriately chosen: a former President; a future President; A KBE; a CB; a representative who was at school when war commenced, and in Flanders when it finished; and the secretary.

Big Ben strikes the midday hour. The party cross the road, and, in reverent silence, stand until some seconds after the wreath, their humble tribute, has been placed beside the other numerous offerings.

In silence they return. The simple ceremony is over.