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Duke of York's Royal Military School mark Remembrance Day

DOYRMS students paid tribute at Remembrance events in London, Dover and Belgium

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 15, 2017 | Events

Students and staff from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School paid tribute to military personnel who have lost their lives in conflict at Remembrance events in London, Dover and across the Channel in Belgium.

In London, Rinnah Akinsanya of the School’s Combined Cadet Force Royal Air Force Flight was a member of the Royal British Legion Standard escort at the Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall, on Saturday.

Also in the capital, the school’s Principal Alex Foreman, students and staff took part in the Torch Lighting Ceremony of the British Torch of Remembrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey last week. This is an historic and significant event which took place in the presence of Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, and His Excellency Rudolf Huygelen, Belgian Ambassador.

In a service led by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Rev John Hall, students formed a Guard of Honour to stand over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior during the service, as well as a colour party and buglers. Senior Under Officer Connor Goulds commanded the Guard of Honour, which consisted of Junior Under Officers Henry Wardman, Migle Seskute, Prerika Sunuwar, William Parsons, Bidev Thapa and Elinor Haynes. The Colour Ensigns were Junior Under Officers Naimh Proctor and Taylor Marsh. Junior Under Officer Rachel Ward and Sergeant Valen Patchett played the Last Post and Reveille. American exchange students from Valley Forge Academy & College and Missouri Military Academy, Matthew Ghidey, Jonathan Monar Romero, Sehoon Byun and Alexander Schaaf, were privileged to have taken part too. The contribution of these students was overseen by school staff members, Major David Cresswell and Regimental Sergeant Major Steff Dowle.

Remembrance Day is a very poignant time for our students as many have parents currently serving in the Armed Forces

Back in Kent, students from the school provided a Guard of Honour, a colour party and buglers for the Service of Remembrance at Dover Marine Railway Station (now the cruise terminal) in support of the British Torch of Remembrance and South Eastern Railways, as the torch continued its journey to Ostend, Roeselare, Bredene, Ypres and Brussels. Students taking part were Senior Under Officer Connor Goulds, and Corporals Mia Hilliard and Melissa Shelton. Junior Under Officer Rachel Ward, Sergeant Valen Patchett and Sergeant Georgina Dixon played the last Post and Reveille with their bugles.

Over in Belgium, representatives of the school and members of the British Torch of Remembrance, visited the Menin Gate and the graves of Dukies who fell within the Ypres salient between 1914 -18. They also took part in a march through Brussels city centre and a reception at Brussels City Hall .The following day they were privileged to exercise their right to be the sole British representatives marching in the King’s Armistice Day Parade where wreaths were laid at La Colonne du Congrès, the resting place of the Belgian Unknown Warrior, in the presence of Princess Astrid of Belgium.

The school also hosted 200 former students in its dining hall on the Saturday evening for The Dukies’ Association’s (TDA) Annual Reunion Dinner.

On Remembrance Sunday, members of the TDA joined with parents and families of current students in a parade at the school’s war memorial. The parade was inspected by Principal Alex Foreman, Chairman of the Dukies’ Association Simon Daglish and Vice Principal Lieutenant Colonel Steven Saunderson.

This was followed by a chapel service in the school’s Royal Military Chapel of St Michael and St George, where the school colours were laid upon the altar in an act of reverential remembrance.

Alex Foreman said: “Remembrance Day is a very poignant time for our students as many have parents currently serving in the Armed Forces. It is a deep honour that our students and staff take part in memorial events at Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall and in Flanders.”

For more information, visit the school’s website.

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