Students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover displayed their marching and presentation skills at the school’s annual inter-house drill competition last Friday (22 April).
Captain Stu Milligan, a former pupil, returned to judge the competition, accompanied by two Senior NCOs, Staff Sergeant Mundee and Sergeant Fiakagbe, from his regiment, the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment based in Aldershot.
All pupils in years 9 to 13 took part, representing their respective houses: Wolseley, Wellington, Marlborough, Clive, Roberts, Kitchener and Wolfe. The entire school took part in a parade at the end of the day, led by the school's military band.
Marks were awarded in five categories: Inspection, Turnings, Quick Time, Slow Time and March Past. However, marks were deducted for any instances of dirty or poorly-pressed uniforms, loose belts, unclean brasses, grubby shoes, long or untidy hair, or incorrectly knotted ties.
The final prize-giving and reviewing officer was Brigadier General Sheikh Pasha Habib Uddin, SGP, AWFC, PSC Defence Advisor Bangladesh High Commission London, who presented the drill competition shield to Junior Under Officer Praja Gurung of winners Wolfe House. Junior Under Officer Neil Scully received the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour for being judged best Junior Under Officer of the year. Felix Banks, Owen Foreshaw, Shannon Davies and Daisy Yorke were awarded good conduct stripes for best Year 8 student in each guard.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “We were delighted to welcome back one of our alumni, Captain Stu Milligan, to lead the judging and Brigadier General Uddin to present the prizes. The school has a long military tradition and the annual drill competition, which is always keenly contested, celebrates discipline and teamwork and marks a colourful reminder of our rich heritage.”
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