30 of Whitgift’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), together with CCF partner schools, Thomas More Catholic School and St. Andrew’s CE High School, travelled to the Tower of London, on Sunday 28 September, to take part in their ‘Poppies in the Moat’ project. The art installation is set to transform the London landmark’s dry moat into a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The venture, officially entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, is set to display 888,246 ceramic poppies, each of which represents a British and Colonial fatality during the Great War. Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry each ‘planted’ a poppy on the launch day in August.

The Whitgift boys were part of a volunteer team that planted a staggering 9000 poppies during the afternoon, an apt undertaking considering the School lost 248 Whitgiftians during the War.

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Photograph: Jana Chiellino