Remembering Andreans who died for their country in 1917

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.
 
The echoed refrain—we will remember them—was repeated as part of a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony.
 
Chapel Coordinator David Stewart asked the Upper School boys during Tuesday’s service in Memorial Chapel, why should we care? We are so far removed from the years of the Great Wars. Our understanding of wartime is relegated to history.
 
But, he said, “The men who went to fight were no different than you. These men were Andreans and you have more in common with them than you think.”
 
Mr. Stewart explained that the boys at St. Andrew’s a century ago played football. They practiced piano. They learned math and science. Some went to war and did not return home.
 
These are the men remembered by the St. Andrew’s community a hundred years later.
 
The service moved from the Chapel outside to the Quad. Kilted Upper School students stood on the sidelines on this crisp fall morning, surrounding 10 Cadets, wearing their dress scarlets, their swords gleaming in the sunshine. Six white crosses placed in the ground signified the Andreans who had fallen in war.
 
As the names of these Fallen Andreans were read aloud during the Ceremony of Swords, the St. Andrew’s community pledged to never forget the sacrifices made by the men and boys who died in 1917 in the First World War. We will remember them.
 
The names of the men who died for their country in 1917 were read aloud. We will remember them:
 
Major G. V. Nelson
Lieutenant E. R. Kappele
Lieutenant J. H. Wilson
Lieutenant A. E. Rand
Major G. G. Knighton 
Lieutenant W. M. Munro
Captain M. M. Eberts
Private D. W. Graham
Flight Lieutenant R. G. Masson
Flight Sub Lieutenant H. D. M. Wallace
Lieutenant Langley F. W. Smith
Lieutenant P. H. Bigwood
Lieutenant H. L. Crowe
Light Sub Lieutenant T. C. May
Lieutenant A. W. Kilgour
Captain E. G. Hanlan
Private J. G. Cutler
Lieutenant Freeman Munro
Lieutenant F. J. Gooch
Second Lieutenant R. A. Phillip
Second Lieutenant P. H. Raney
Gunner R. A. Ferguson
Second Lieutenant C. F. Risteen
Second Lieutenant W. M. M. Geggie
Lieutenant P. D. M. McLagan
Lieutenant G. A. Cockburn
Captain R. A. Brown
Gunner J. T. Wilson
Airman First Class D. W. Clement
Lieutenant D. R. C. Wright
 
Story by Julie Caspersen
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