Remembrance with a Difference

Remembrance Weekend was certainly different from the crowds of alumni who usually attend the weekend. No rugby or hockey. No drinks in the Shed followed by curry. No visitors gathering to watch Divisions, no RHSA Squad and finally no packed chapel for the two Service's of Remembrance.

Not to be deterred, RHS Alumni Office did it differently this year.


On Saturday (7 November) night, the first ever 'live' RHSA Victory Arms Quiz Night hosted by the Alumni Office, started with a film showing everyone what school felt like without any alumni this year. Led by Katie Gould (Blake 2010), Simon Marsh, Lucy Pembroke, attempted to do a march past, followed by an inspection by Head of Ceremonial Lt Cdr (Rtd) Nigel Griffiths OBE. Sadly both Simon and Lucy failed dreadfully, however Katie, did the RHSA proud – it certainly never seems to leaves you. Monty Callow also made a cameo appearance in his usual spot, behind The Shed Bar.

The quiz had three rounds; Famous Faces, Random RHS Facts and Historical Buildings and Places. Here are a sample of two questions from each round, the answers are at the bottom of the article;

Round 1: Famous Faces
1. There is an old saying. Behind every successful man stands a woman. Who was the remarkable woman who persuaded Gifford Sherman Reade to "give [his] all to the Navy? A clue: a brilliant charity for Naval families carries her name.

2. Who is this lad who left Blake in 1991? A clue: He's now considered to be very talented.

Round 2: Random RHS Facts
1. What was the name of the pirate whose treasure was confiscated, which helped to fund the original school?

2. On the No. 1s what do the 3 stripes on the naval collar represent?

Round 3: Historical Buildings and Places
1. Can you work out what building this photograph is showing?

2. What will the building straight ahead in the picture become known as?



Most people found the second round the trickiest, but hopefully participants learnt some interesting facts about RHS. You can test your knowledge by clicking 2020 RHSA VICTORY ARMS QUIZ. Please note you will need to download the TEAMS APP.

On Sunday at 11:00am, the RHSA posted a very moving film of the clock tower chiming 11:00 on their Facebook page. The school bugler playing the last post, whilst Rebecca Winward (Cornwallis, 1997) and Tom Pratt (St Vincent, 1998) laid wreaths representing the School and the RHSA at the Memorial Cross in the Garden of Remembrance.

Here is the film: WREATH LAYING AT RHSA GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE


Sunday (8 November) was more subdued with the Remembrance Service broadcast at 19:00. Thanks to Alex Kemsley (Howe, 2009) for the Reading, Hannah Ravenhall (Hood, 2011) for presenting the wreath and Katie Gould for carrying the RHSA Banner. Victor Burgess (Howe, 1934) made a special appearance reading a prayer. Now aged 100, he is one of only a few former pupils still alive, who attended both Greenwich and Holbrook. If you didn't get a chance to see the Service, you can view it here: RHS SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 2020

Finally on Wednesday 11 November at 11:00, Divisions took place. The Inspecting Officer was Colonel (Retd) John Ogden who left the Army after 34 years in 2017. He was appointed Armed Forces Commissioner for Suffolk in early 2018, and is responsible for raising awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant in Suffolk.

Sadly no visitors were allowed onsite to watch the ceremony due to Government COVID-19 restrictions. So for the very first time Divisions was streamed to family, friends and alumni around the world. Pupils were unable to wear their usual No. 1s (naval uniform). Whilst this was disappointing, the pupils were still able to wear their relatives medals in memory of those who served in the Armed Forces.

To watch the full version, click REMEMBRANCE DIVISONS 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, special thanks to Elaine Archand who spent many hours filming and editing, and to Joe White, who was the Director for the Quiz Night, keeping, Simon, Lucy and Katie in check.

Answers to the Quiz

Round 1: Famous Faces
1. There is an old saying. Behind every successful man stands a woman. Who was the remarkable woman who persuaded Gifford Sherman Reade to "give [his] all to the Navy? A clue: a brilliant charity for Naval families carries her name. The answer is Aggie Weston

2. Who is this lad who left Blake in 1991? A clue: He's now considered to be very talented. The answer is of course Jon Courtenay.

Round 2: Random RHS Facts
1. What was the name of the pirate whose treasure was confiscated, which helped to fund the original school? The answer is Captain Kidd, who was executed on 23 May 1701.

2. On the No. 1s what do the 3 stripes on the naval collar represent?

Round 3: Historical Buildings and Places
1. Can you work out what building this photograph is showing? The answer is the Chapel which was completed in 1934, a year after the school opened.

2. What will the building straight ahead in the picture become known as? The answer is of course the Dining Hall, known as the DH.