On the 11th November, to mark the 99th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Western Front Association held a Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
If you were watching the television coverage you may have noticed that, among those gathered to pay their respects, was a familiar face - that of Anglia’s Dickie Knight. Dickie is known to many of the schools who have travelled with us over the years as the Recruiting Sergeant who captures the imagination of students at the stand we run in the ground of the Memorial Museum Passchendale 1917. Although still in uniform his role at the Cenotaph was markedly different. “I was with other members of the ‘Association of Military Remembrance’, who each year, parade in First World War uniforms of men from all branches who served during the Great War. This was at the invitation of the Western Front Association (WFA). As a WW1 battlefield guide with Anglia Tours, I see so many unknown headstones, and read the names of the missing at the Menin Gate, Thiepval, and many other memorials to the missing. For me this, this was an emotional day, as it was a great honour to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on 11th November 2017”
If you didn’t manage to catch Dickie as he laid the wreath there are some excellent photos, of his party and the many others who were there on the 11th on the Western Front Association website: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/latest-news/november-2017/the-western-front-association-service-of-remembrance-at-the-cenotaph-whitehall-11-november-2017/