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Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

This week saw Kilgraston mark Remembrance Day 2020 with an assembly and special service. These both took place in our chapel for one year group with the rest of the School attending via Zoom.  The assembly was lead by Mr Campbell, Kilgraston’s Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of History and Modern Studies.

In his assembly, Mr Campbell, said: “On Remembrance Day we commemorate all those in the two World Wars and those that have fought in wars since that have given their lives. However, it is World War One it is mostly associated with.

“Officially 888,246 British soldiers died in World War One. Over 130,000 of these were from Scottish regiments. And these numbers do not take into account many other people who died either directly or indirectly in the service of war.”

Kilgraston’s catering team also helped our pupils remember this poignant day with a special supper for our boarders.

Kilgraston chef, Chris MacGregor, came up with the idea having spoken to his own dad about the family ties to World War One.

Chef Chris, who is part of the Kilgraston catering team from Inspire, said: “My great granddad, David Cargill MacGregor, served in the 2nd Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders. He was one of the lucky ones-  he returned but my dad said his granddad never spoke about the War when he came home.

“So I wanted to bring home to the pupils why we wear poppies and to give them a literal taste of life during World War One and they all seemed to really enjoy the food which was brilliant.”

Chris and the team served up an Armistice Day menu of a wartime stew called Maconochie which was made with vegetables, meat, covered with gravy and popular with British soldiers on the front line. There was also a Woolton Pie as the vegetarian option, which was a favourite World War Two meal, and a chicken curry recipe from 1917. For dessert, the boarders enjoyed Trench Cake which was made with currents, nutmeg and ginger.

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