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CCF Guard of Honour for Free French sailor caps a busy Remembrance season

24th November 2014

The Remembrance season around 11th November is always a very busy period for Trinity School’s Combined Cadet Force. This year, as well as participating in various acts of remembrance in school itself, they were proud to play a very active part in a number of high profile local and regional events.


On Thursday 6 November Devon Royal British Legion held its annual Festival of Remembrance at the Great Hall of Exeter University. As has been customary in recent years our CCF was invited to provide cadets to form part of the Muster. Volunteers were not difficult to find for this very moving annual event. Organised and led by Sub Lieutenant Davies (who, of course, is also housemaster of our Chapel Boys boarding house) six cadets attended the ceremony. Representing the Royal Navy Section were Cadet Coxns Ben Knock and Tris Whipps, and Cadet Petty Officer Ollie Holdup; for the Army Section were Cadet Colour Sergeant Callum Reade and Cadet Corporals Jessie Gregory and Matt Chappell.


On Sunday 9 November the town of Teignmouth held its Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial on the seafront, where there was an exceptionally large turnout by cadets for this important local annual event. After this service CCF received a request through the Teignmouth Branch of the Royal British Legion to provide a CCF Guard of Honour for the funeral of an important local resident. The gentleman was Fernand Raymond Davoult, from Shaldon, who had been a Submariner in the Free French Navy during the Second World War. The photo shows senior cadets Ollie Holdup, Tris Whipps, Marcus Moore, James Bates and Ben Ridings with the CCF standard waiting for the cortege outside Torbay Crematorium. To the left of the photo are Lt Gerard Poulet O/C of the Royal Navy Section who sang in French at the Service, and both the French and the American Navy Liaison Officers from Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.