WCIT MONITOR Issue 66 Dec 2015 - Page 16

THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt A t the Westminster Abbey service to commemorate the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt on 29th October 2015, WCIT was honoured to be seated near the High Altar among the assembled Livery Companies and dignitaries. The Company was represented by the Master, Alderman Sir David Wootton, Senior Warden Chris Histed, Panels Warden Wendy Parmley, Deputy Master Nicholas Birtles, Clerk Mike Jenkins and also Past Master Ken Olisa OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. This service was a very special one, 600 years to the day after news reached the City of London of Henry V’s victory over the French. That day in 1415, the then Lord Mayor Nicholas Wotton, Aldermen, Livery Masters and other City leaders went to the Abbey to give thanks for the victory. The City had loaned most of the funds used to fight the King’s military campaign which led to Agincourt. During our current day service, Henry V’s helm was on the High Altar, and the Master Cutler Janek Wichtowski bore the sword of Henry V from the Great West door to the High Altar. Past Master Bowyer Robert Hardy CBE eloquently Westminster Abbey read from the prologue to Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth Act IV; and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Sam Marks acted the Saint Crispin’s day speech from Act IV Scene 3 – resplendent in full plate armour, crown and sword. Articles and photography contributed O by Senior Warden, Chris Histed nd n 2 November, the Garden of Remembrance was opened at St Paul’s Cathedral, marking the start of a month in which the lives of those lost in war are remembered. Senior Warden Chris Histed placed a cross on behalf of WCIT during the ceremony, along with Masters from the 110 Livery Companies, the Lord Mayor, plus other City of London, military and Royal British Legion dignitaries. The moving ceremony included the Last Post and Reveille, a two-minute silence and Sara Jones CBE JP, President of The Poppy Factory, delivered the Kohima Prayer: The Remembrance Garden, St Paul’s “When you go home, tell them of us and say, For our tomorrow, we gave our today.” Walter Carter: WWI Soldier’s Tale The WCIT Charity supports First World War educational project told through social media as if it were today... WW1 Soldier’s Tale, supported by the WCIT Charity, tells the story of fictional character Walter Carter, from Battersea, who from 1912 is a member of the Territorial Force, 1/23rd (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment. Follow Walter: Walter Carter: ww1 Soldiers Tale @WW1SoldiersTale Not using social media? Keep up with the story by reading Walt \