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13th November 2023

A Busy Remembrance Weekend in House

Over the weekend, Oakham School staff and pupils came together for services and moments of silence and reflection to remember those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Pupils and staff took time to mention and remember 70 Old Oakhamians and Masters who fell in the First World War and 81 who died in the Second World War.

Houses gathered in pairs on Saturday morning for their own acts of remembrance.


Wharflands & Stevens

Wharflands and Stevens assembled together in the Stevens garden, accompanied by wreaths and Wharflands’ prefect board. Wharflands and Stevens laid their wreaths under the original Prefect Boards that still hang with pride. Time was taken to remember the three young men whose names still hang high who sadly lost their lives.

They slept where we sleep, and they walked where we walk, however sadly they never returned from battle.


Haywoods & Chapmans

Haywoods’ and Chapmans’ Heads of House laid wreaths on the Oakham War Memorial in the churchyard of All Saints Church. This was followed by the congregation of both houses on the Haywoods courts.  Rows of pupils and staff stood in silence with their head bowed, paying their respects to those who lost their lives.


Gunthorpe, Barrow, Hambleton & Clipsham

The Day Houses all met outside their houses to pay their respects. Two wreaths, one with a note from Gunthorpe and Clipsham and one with a note from Barrow and Hambleton, were laid. Following the laying of the wreaths, pupils stood for a minute silence to respectfully remember those who lost their lives. Notably, there were pupils lined-up wearing their CCF uniforms in preparation for their parade.


Buchanans & Rushebrookes

Similarly to other houses, Rushebrookes and Buchanans congregated in the garden outside of their houses and laid a wreath with a note from the two Houses attached. After some moving speeches, the girls from Rushebrookes and Buchanans participated in an uninterrupted minute silence in the sun.



The Oakham School cadets and staff were busy representing CCF around School over the weekend. Starting with the House acts of remembrance and the Sunday morning service in the War Memorial Chapel, the cadets then entered town for the Remembrance Day parade and civic service.

They have done their duty impeccably as we have remembered generations of Oakhamians who have gone before. We’re very proud of them.

Head of Adventurous Learning and British Army veteran Mr Powell was seen marching through London for the Remembrance Sunday Parade.

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