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Nott Street School WWI Anzac Service

Order of Service, Nott Street State School. PMHPS Collection

This order of service, presumably from an Anzac Day commemoration, was found within a recess of the Nott Street School Old Boys Honour Board along with many other pieces of paper bearing the names of soldiers to be included on the school’s Honour Roll.

It gives an insight into how the school commemorated those who had made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War and although not dated it would seem to be for a service during the final years of the war or immediately after the signing of the Armistice.

The service opens with the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” followed by an an address by the Head Teacher.  Continuing, there was a recitation by Grades 7 & 8 and then addresses by the Mayor and a Clergyman.  Frustratingly none of these people are named which would have helped to date the service.  The head teacher is probably Mr Richards.

Item 5 on the order of service is a Recessional which usually marks the end of a religious service which could well be the case here since the remaining items relate to the military aspects of the commemoration as it is followed by addresses by Returned Soldiers and the reading of the names on the Honour Roll particularly those who died.

The National Anthem and the sounding of the “Last Post” then close the formalities.



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