Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend

Remembrance Weekend this year saw record numbers of alumni attending the 100th Anniversary of Armistice with close to 370 registered to attend all or part of the activities.

The weekend started with over 30 players on the 1st XV rugby pitch, ranging from 18 to over 60. Martyn Wheldon aged 63, playing for the fourth year running. The Tony Witham Award was given to Alex Hawkins (St Vincent 1992). The Kes Poolton Spirit of Rugby was given to a very surprised Lucy Pembroke, and the Stephen Lineham Man of the Match was Darren Archbold, (Drake/Nelson 1990) who had travelled from California to attend the weekend.

Around 150 attended a very moving Service in Memory of former Head of Ceremonial, Les Dryden. The Service was conducted by Revd Canon Kevan McCormack, former Chaplin at RHS.

For the first year a mixed RHSA hockey team took on a mixed RHS hockey team. Like the rugby, the ages ranged from 18 to over 60, with Andrew Dotchin (Collingwood 1974) also aged 63, putting in a fantastic effort as goalie. Both teams played an outstanding match with the RHSA team winning by only one goal. The Best Player Award went to Ben Allday (Collingwood 2013).

Sunday was a beautiful autumn morning with not a cloud in the sky. A squad of around 90 mustered to join the school in Divisions. Taking the salute was Commodore R J Anstey MA Royal Navy, who is currently the Assistant Chief of Staff (Submarines)/Deputy Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland charged with delivering coherency across all areas of submarine current and future capability and delivering sustainable, long-term support for a Submarine Service based in HMNB Clyde.

Commodore Anstey is also a former parent to Daniel (St Vincent 2011), Rebecca (Howe 2013) and William (St Vincent 2016). He also took the time to inspect the RHSA contingency made up of former pupils. The march past consisted of three RHSA squads, one of the largest in living memory.

After the service, many gathered around the RHSA Memorial, to not only remember those fallen but scatter the ashes of Bernard de Neumann (Nelson 1963), whose final wish was to rest at RHS.

Sunday lunch followed, where lots of memories were shared, following by farewells and "see you next year".

All photographs courtesy for George Franks (Cornwallis 1981). All photographs are subject to copyright. If you would like any copies please contact George directly via