To mark the anniversary of the writer Saki’s (Hector Hugh Munro) tragic death on 14th November 1916 in Northern France during the Battle of the Ancre, Lower Sixth student Conor Hilliard joined Head of English, Nicholas Hopton, to present an assembly to the School in the Great Hall on Friday 18th November. This took the form of a short drama written by the pair especially for the commemoration. It introduced current students to Saki’s life and writings before finishing with an account of his final moments in a shell crater near Beaumont-Hamel.
To complement the assembly, Fourth Form students explored Saki’s stories during English lessons and many boys wrote their own tales, complete with the author’s notorious plot twists and compelling characters.
Hector Munro’s name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, where in May this year a simple Act of Remembrance took place involving boys, staff and OBs.
If you would like to see the script from the assembly and how Saki was brought back to life please read here.