On this special day of Remembrance, when we recall all members of the Copthorne community who lost their lives in the first World War 100 years ago, we read out the names of the fallen, including one new name discovered only 2 days ago. Robert Paterson left Birkenhead School as a School Prefect and Head of House, in 1911 to study at Clare College, Cambridge where he played football, cricket and was Captain of the Debating Society. He then joined Copthorne School as a Master in 1914 and on the outbreak of the war he first joined the ranks and later obtained a commission. He died at the Somme on October 12th 1916 aged just 24. As a former member of our school community “we will remember him” along with the other 21 names on our Roll of Honour. Their photographs are on display in the Chapel.
From the top of the chapel tower, Ewan brilliantly played The Last Post and Reveille on his trombone.