University marks Armistice Day

Today is Armistice Day, marking 102 years since the end of the First World War. One tradition that invites reflection year on year is the reading of Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem For the Fallen.

One of our English Literature students, Amber Petitt, has made a recording of the poem.

For the Fallen by Lauren Binyon, read by English Literature student Amber Pettit

For the Fallen

by Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Two Minute Silence

Although this year we are not able to gather on campus as usual, we invite you to join us in observing the national two-minute silence at 11am, wherever you are.

Photographed by the flagpole on St John’s Campus are the University’s Assistant Director of Security and Operations, Tom Taylor and Control Room Supervisor, Graham Cozens, who both served in the Forces.

Tom, who was recently awarded a BEM, served in the British Army for 24 years, in both The Royal Green Jackets and The Small Arms School Corps, finishing his service as a Warrant Officer Class 1. Graham served in the Royal Air Force for 16 years, finishing his service as a Corporal.

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