Students and staff from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School paid tribute at Remembrance events in London, Dover and across the Channel in Belgium to service personnel who lost their lives in conflict.
Executive Principal and Commandant Chris Russell and students and staff from the school took part in the Torch Lighting Ceremony of the British Torch of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey’s Tomb of the Unknown Warrior last week. In a service led by the Dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev John Hall, students formed a guard of honour to stand over the tomb during the service, as well as a colour party and buglers. Students taking part were Guard of Honour: SUO Jed Adkins (Guard of Honour Commander), DSUO Andrew Slevin, JUO Stephen Walley, JUO Suchit Thapa, JUO Sophie Noble JUO Denica Nedjalkova, JUO Isabella Henry. Colour Ensigns: JUO Olivia Murray and JUO Megan Williams. Buglers: Kiran Pun, Naveed Malik, Bibek Mall. American Cadets: Alexander Rusin, Joshua Crisler, Benjamin Snider and MMA Edward Cha.
Back in Kent, cadets from the school provided a Guard of Honour, buglers and drummers for a Service of Remembrance at Dover Marine Railway Station (now the cruise terminal) in support of the British Torch of Remembrance and railway company Southeastern, as the torch continued its journey to Ostend and Flanders.
Over in Belgium, the British Torch of Remembrance UK branch, which is now run by the school, met the Belgian branch of the Torch of Remembrance, visiting the Menin Gate, Flanders Fields and the Kings Day Parade in Brussels.
The school also hosted 160 former students in its dining hall on Saturday evening for The Dukies’ Association’s (TDA’s) Annual Reunion Dinner with many attending the school’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday, where Dukies past and present were inspected by Executive Principal and Commandant Chris Russell, together with TDA chairman, Simon Daglish.
Remembrance is a poignant time for the school because of its strong military ethos and popularity with parents serving in the Armed Forces. Since 2010, the school has attracted non-military families because of its traditional ethos and academic success.
Chris Russell, who is also Chairman of the British Torch of Remembrance, said:
“Many of our pupils have parents serving in the Armed Forces so Remembrance Day has particular meaning and significance to them. We are honoured that the school was chosen to take part in memorial events at Westminster Abbey and in Flanders.”