A journey of remembrance from Highbury

2017-11-21 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedHonouring Remembrance Day (from left) Sabastian Marimuthu, Aphiwe Mkhize and Maurice de Sousa.

PHOTO: suppliedHonouring Remembrance Day (from left) Sabastian Marimuthu, Aphiwe Mkhize and Maurice de Sousa.

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HIGHBURY Preparatory School, founded in 1903, is the oldest school in the Upper Highway area.

One of Highbury’s annual traditions is their Remembrance Day Service in the chapel.

Nine Highbury boys lost their lives in World War 1 and 52 Highbury boys died in World War 2.

During Highbury’s Remembrance Day Service each of their names is read out, as a roll of honour, followed by the “Last Post”.

Highbury Grade 7s read war poetry, the choir sings and it is a very beautiful and emotive tribute.

This year is 100 years since many of the major battles of World War 1, and Highbury wanted to do something new to mark this time in history.

The school was delighted when Marcus Kotze, son of Glynis Kotze, Highbury’s FP music teacher, offered to make a pilgrimage to place memorial crosses at the graves of the Highbury Old Boys who gave their lives in World War 1.

Seven of the nine gravesites are in the Belgium-Northern France region, close to where Marcus lives.

Highbury custom-made a memorial cross for each boy and posted them to him, together with a memorial poppy made by Highbury boys, to place at the graves on his journey.

Marcus’s journey to the Highbury Old Boy graves was spread over three weekends in September and October, and included more than 10 hours of cycling­ through French and Belgian countryside between the sites, many of which are remote. A photographic slideshow of the seven sites he visited was included in Highbury’s 2017 Remembrance Day service on Friday November 10, and added a very special touch to what is always a very special service. - Supplied

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