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Remembrance in the Community

Posted at 12:22 pm on 10th November, 2020

Friends and Family Remembrance Service

On Sunday 8th November 2020, Wellacre’s Cadet Unit WO2 (SSM) SSI and Assistant Head of House, Mr Ward, and his family organised a socially distanced Remembrance service to bring the community together to remember the sacrifice that people had made in military service.  As an Army veteran, Mr Ward, wanted to arrange the event and invite his Flixton neighbours to join the commemorations. 

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Mr Ward served for 24 years in the Royal Logistic Corps and reached the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 Squadron Sergeant Major.  He served on five operational tours plus various military exercises.  

He retired in 2019 and joined the team at Wellacre as an Assistant Head of House and the Staff School Instructor of the newly launched  Royal Navy Section Combined Cadet Force.

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Mr Ward said:

“Running the CCF at Wellacre has helped my transition back into civilian life, and during my military service I had a great support network of family and friends back home in Manchester.

“Last year, Wellacre’s CCF unit cadets were privileged to join the community to march on to the Cenotaph at Davyhulme and, even though, this year circumstances are very different, I still want to commemorate the occasion in the community and at school.” 

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The Remembrance Service was organised by SSM Ward and other key members, who live on Daresbury Avenue.  Thanks to Bryan Corke, a retired Minister who advised SSM Ward on adhering to Government guidelines on the parade; Billy Mckay, who played the bagpipes and Duncan Cockshott, a Boys Brigade member, who played the bugle for the sounding of The Last Post and Reveille.  Other members of the parade included CPO Eathan Duckworth, a Cadet in the CCF from St Anthonys, and SSM Anton Jones Royal Signals, a great friend of SSM Ward’s.

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At Wellacre, we look forward to our own Remembrance commemorations, which will include a Year 7 assembly, Tutor Group Remembrance and activities, a whole school 2 minute silence, a CCF parade and selling poppies for The Poppy Appeal.

If you are in Year 8 or 9 please see Mr Ward, Mr Baker, Mr Duffy or Mr Wise to learn more about joining Wellacre’s Combined Cadet Force Unit.