At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month Australians and many others from around the world will fall silent to remember the centenary of the signing of the Armistice of Compiégne which brought to an end the hostilities of World War I.
For Australia, as with other nations, World War I remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. At Trinity College, we honour the many Old Boys from our predecessor school, Christian Brothers’ College (CBC), Perth who heard the call of the Empire and enlisted. Sixty-six of these boys made the supreme sacrifice. The College pays tribute to these fallen Old Boys and their names are recorded on the Trinity College Boards of Honour which hang in the College Chapel.
The CBC Annuals tell the stories of many of these past students and also the story of their Headmaster, Brother M P Nunan who had enrolled these boys, had watched them grow into fine young men and then during the years of the war had the task of recording their deaths. It was said that Brother Nunan was never the same again; “his heart, like his boys, had died on the battlefields”.
This Sunday, the 11th of November let us remember all our Old Boys who died in service to our country and those who returned but were never the same again. Let us also remember their families and all members of the College Community who were affected by the tragedy of it all.