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Ashford School Remembers

Date Posted: Friday 11 November 2022

This year, our Acts of Remembrance fall on Armistice Day. The guns fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 marking the end of WWI.

In addition to our Remembrance services at St Mary’s Great Chart for the Prep School, and at St Mary’s Ashford for the Senior School, a detachment of our cadets participated in the civic service at the Ashford War Memorial, alongside members of the Borough Council.

A few of our cadets also accompanied Judith Holloway to lay a wreath at the gravestone of Gunner Walter Pike Royal Artillery (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment. The regiment, responsible for coastal defence, was billeted in Ashford School during WWII.

The services featured beautiful performances from our Prep and Senior School choirs, along with the official laying of the wreaths by our Head Boy and Head Girl at both schools.

Thank you to all those involved in such a poignant remembrance service and a special thanks to Reverend Richard Bellamy and Staff Sergeant Instructor CCF Simon Burke, for leading the day.

Ashford School’s Senior Cadet CSM Alice Goodman, presenting our wreath to Veteran WO2 (SSM) Graham Cottington, Royal Signals. During the Ashford School’s Remembrance Service held at St Mary’s Church.

Ashford Prep School Head Boy and Head Girl present the wreath to Staff Sergeant Instructor CCF, Simon Burke.

Mrs Judith Holloway laying a wreath on behalf of Gunner Frank Pike of the 59th Newfoundland Regiment. Lt Duncan Ricks paying his respects whilst the wreath is being laid.

Cadet Sgt Ollie Levitt was honored to be asked to lay the wreath at the Ashford Memorial Garden Remembrance Service on behalf of the Mayor of Ashford and the Royal British Legion.

Ashford School Cadets pictured with the Chairman of the Ashford Branch Royal British Legion Wing Commander Shaun Ryles MBE.