Royal Hospital School expecting record numbers at Remembrance Weekend
On Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November the Royal Hospital School staff, pupils and parents will be joined by over 300 former pupils for Remembrance Weekend. This weekend is always popular with alumni and parents and it is not uncommon to see more than 2,000 people on the Holbrook site to observe The Armistice. As the nation marks the 100th anniversary since the end of World War 1, even more visitors are keen to join the school community in their mark of respect.
After a whole school ceremonial parade including the marching band and impressive guard, two private chapel services will be held by Rev Tim Wilkinson, QHC Royal Navy.
Rev Wilkinson completed his commando course at the Commando Training Centre in Devon in 2001 and since then has been Padre to many Royal Navy and Royal Marine Units, including 45 Commando serving in in Afghanistan, the Commando Logistics Regiment in Iraq for the 2nd Gulf War, the Royal Marine Corps Chaplain, and as chaplain to HMS BULWARK, one of the Royal Navy's Amphibious Capital Ships, during operations in the Gulf and the evacuation of Beirut in 2006. He was appointed an Honorary Queen's Chaplain in 2015 and he is currently back at Devonport Naval Base where alongside his wider Naval role, he has specific pastoral responsibility for 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (amphibious specialists) and Hasler Company; a unit dedicated to the complex needs of seriously injured and ill Royal Marines and Naval personnel.
Later in the evening the school will be marking the 100 year anniversary since the end of World War 1 with the last post, a reading, the lighting of a beacon and the sounding of the school bells as part of a national tribute 'Battle's Over'. All local residents and the wider community are invited to attend on the Parade Ground from 18:30.