On Friday 7 November, in a moving conclusion to the 2014 Vintage Club Reunion, CGS Old Boys, students, staff, and families gathered at the Pool of Reflection at the Australian War Memorial for the Last Post Ceremony. The Last Post takes place at 4.55pm each day, and each ceremony tells the story behind one of the 102,000 names on The Roll of Honour in the Cloisters, listing Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations over more than a century.
On the 7th of November, the ceremony honoured Private Harry Broughton Moriarty 19th Battalian, AIF. Private Moriarty attended Manaro Grammar School, leaving in 1915. He was Killed in Action on 3 May 1917.
The event began with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Dr Justin Garrick, Head of School, and Mr Irwin Prowse, OBE, CGS’ oldest living Old Boy, laid ceremonial wreaths beside the Pool of Reflection, in remembrance of all the Fallen Soldiers of CGS. Floral tributes were also laid by current students of CGS. Following the reciting of the Ode, the ceremony ended with the sounding of the Last Post.
Private Harry Broughton Moriarty 19th Battalian, AIF. Manaro Old Boy (Class of 1915). Killed in Action in 1917.
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