Craig Mackinlay MP has attended the unveiling of a new War Memorial at St Augustine's Church in Ramsgate to remember and commemorate those from St Augustine’s College and Abbey School who were killed in action in World Wars One and Two after accepting an invitation from the Society of Old Augustinians.
The event began with a Mass to remember the dead followed by the official unveiling of the Memorial Plaque by Lt Col Paddy Williams, Commanding Officer of the Queen's Horseguards and a former Head Boy of the Ursuline College in Westgate
Also in attendance was Alumni of the School and students from the Ursuline College in Westgate-on-Sea who read out the names and backgrounds of those from the school who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Chairman of Thanet District Council, Cllr Jason Savage, who was a former student at St Augustine's College, was also in attendance,
Refreshments were served in the Cartoon Room in the grounds of the Grange immediately after the service.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“It was an honour and a privilege to attend the Society of Old Augustinians’ Ceremony last Saturday to commemorate former pupils at St Augustine's College who fell in World War 1 and 2 with the unveiling of a new plaque.
“The plaque honours those who were schooled here in Ramsgate and serves as a permanent tribute to them, so that the children of today's and tomorrow's generations can remember those before them.
“I also hope that by having the new Memorial in St Augustine's, it will encourage all those connected with the school, who do not live in the area, to come and see the plaque and spend time visiting the refurbished St Augustine's church and enjoy a stay in Ramsgate.
“As the local Member of Parliament, I want even more people to recognise what unique assets we have here.”