Service marks Remembrance Sunday

The University will host its annual Remembrance Sunday service on 10 November.

The service - held jointly with fellow city universities - will take place at 10:15am at the Playfair Library, Old College.

It will be conducted by the chaplains to the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Staff from Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University will also be present.

All welcome

Staff and students of all four universities are invited to attend. Family, friends and members of the public are also welcome.

Those attending are asked to be seated in the Playfair Library Hall not later than 10:10am.

A collection in aid of the Earl Haig Fund will be taken upon arrival.

On parade

Units on parade will be the City of Edinburgh Universities Officers Training Corps, the Royal Naval Reserve and the East of Scotland Universities’ Air Squadron.

The Pipes and Drums of the Universities Officers Training Corps will also be in attendance.

War memorial

After the service, a two-minute silence will be observed in the Old College Quadrangle.

This will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the University’s war memorial. Situated on the west wall, the memorial was unveiled in 1923 and designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who also created the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

The bronze plaques on the memorial in Old College were sculpted by Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson, a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. It lists the names of more than 1,200 staff, students and alumni who fought in both World Wars.  

The memorial includes a quote from Rudyard Kipling, taken from a speech he gave when he visited the University in 1920.

They turned without fear or question from these gates of learning to those of the grave in order that men might continue to learn freedom.

Rudyard KiplingJournalist & author

Significant year

2019 marks the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the First World War. The signing of the peace treaty, in June 1919, came seven months after the armistice of November 1918, which saw a halt to fighting between the Central Powers and the Allies.  

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed in France. The campaign led to the liberation of north-west Europe and contributed to the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945.

Remembrance Sunday service

Sunday 10 November 2011, 10:10am – 11:20am

Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL.

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