Calling all ex- Dukies! Your school needs you
PUBLISHED: 15:18 17 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:10 20 February 2013
Did you attend The Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover, any time between 1940 and the present day? Then please report to the school for a reunion on 25 March celebrating a major milestone its 209-year-history
Did you attend The Duke of Yorks Royal Military School, Dover, any time between 1940 and the present day? Then please report to the school for a reunion celebrating a major milestone its 209 year history. And if you know anyone who attended, please pass on the word about this important event.
On Sunday 25 March, ex-pupils spanning the decades will gather to hear speeches by Lt Gen Gary Coward, CB, OBE, Director of Materiel (Land) and Quartermaster-General to the Forces, and Simon Daglish, co-founder the Walking with the Wounded charity whose patron is HRH Prince Harry.
They will open a Then and Now exhibition of former pupils personal memories and memorabilia that have been sent in from all over the globe before unveiling architectural designs for the schools 25million new building plans. The exhibition charts the school's development from being the country's first state boarding school for the orphan girls and boys of soldiers in the 1800s, its evacuation during two World Wars when it was used as an , survival
The exhibition includes photos and memories from the Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, who was a Prefect at the school in the 1960s, as well as people like Kent-man Major Peter Harrington OBE who went on to have a prestigious career in the Armed Forces before becoming a head teacher.
Headmaster Charles Johnson says: We've been overwhelmed and moved by the stories and photos that have been sent in by ex-pupils. Some of them are in the 80s now so we feel honoured to have captured this living history. We tried to contact as many of our past pupils as possible through the internet and word of mouth but many have scattered to the far corners of the world and even those living closer to home in the South East, especially the older ones, have been hard to reach. It would be wonderful if we could bring them back to the school for a reunion to celebrate our history as a military school and look forward to our future now as a modern academy."