Claires Court and Cliveden unite for Remembrance Day Centenary Project
In partnership with the National Trust Cliveden, to mark one hundred years since the end of the Great War, eleven pupils aged 13 to 17 have been researching fifteen Cliveden estate workers who were killed in the First World War, bringing their stories to life.
On Remembrance Day, the girls and boys came together in Cliveden’s Sounding Chamber to share their findings about the estate workers. The evening began with a vocal duet of the song ‘Anthem’ from the musical ‘Chess’, performed by two Year 9 pupils, Lewis Gabb and Luke Lyons. Seven pupils then reported what they had discovered about the estate workers, who are all named on a memorial plaque in Cliveden’s Octagon Temple. Their findings, including the story of the footman James Marjoram, who tragically died one month before the Armistice and Sergeant Frederick Hurn, the estates night watchman who volunteered to serve again aged 50, are documented in a memorial leaflet created in tribute to the fallen workers.
A moving performance by Sixth Form acoustic guitarist Josh Morgan and vocalist Sam Holdford, of their song ‘Imagine’, originally written for the ‘Never Such Innocence’ national competition earlier this year, closed the commemoration. The final part of the evening involved everyone observing the lighting of the Cliveden beacon, part of a chain of 1000 lit across the country to commemorate the end of the First World War.
Katherine Grayson, National Trust Cliveden Visitor Experience Officer (Events and Education), said:
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Claires Court and we’ve achieved something very special. Until now, there had been very little known about these fifteen Cliveden estate workers – the work these pupils have done is so important in ensuring the men’s sacrifice is not forgotten. The information leaflet is astonishing in its depth, detail and emotional connection, and the team at Cliveden were so impressed with the pupils’ maturity and professionalism. We look forward to working closely with Claires Court again in the future.”
Claire Samber, Claires Court Executive Assistant, added:
"I was honoured to be a witness to the music and readings read and prepared by the pupils. It was a truly moving occasion, in a unique location, which I know the pupils, parents and guests present will remember for many years, particularly at Remembrancetide."