St Patrick’s College Reflects on Remembrance Day
November 9, 2017
St Patrick’s College staff and students paused for a special ceremony today ahead of tomorrow’s National Remembrance Day activities, marking the 99th anniversary since the end of fighting in World War I.
Students from Years 7-10 gathered in the geographic heart of the school at 11am for a flag raising service, a minute’s silence and the playing of the Last Post.
Nearly 300 Old Collegians fought in World War I -“ a remarkable number considering the school had been in operation for less than 25 years at the time. Of those 300, 49 were killed while on active service.
Next year, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World war I, St Patrick’s College is taking a tour of 40 students to visit some of the war cemeteries in France, Belgium and Germany to visit the graves of many of these Old Collegians.
In the meantime, the College has compiled profiles of our World War I veterans, tracing, where possible, their lives as students at the school, their time in the war and their lives back home in Australia.
These profiles are available to read on the College website at the following link: https://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/en/st-patricks-college/history/war-heroes/