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Remembrance Service 2021

This year we were grateful that our Royal Honorary Colonel, HRH Prince Michael of Kent was able to join us for our annual Remembrance Service on Friday 12 November at which he read the Lesson. Held at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate by the kind permission of the Rector, The Revd David Armstrong, and conducted by our Regimental Padre, the Revd Mark Bezerra Speeks CF VR, over 100 members also attended the service.

Our Remembrance Service is a key date in the Company’s calendar, offering a chance to remember those from the HAC and beyond who gave their lives in conflicts past. Members of the HAC served in both World War One and World War Two, as well as in more recent operations up to the present day.

As is traditional, during the service the HAC Old Comrades Association standard was laid on the altar and later, the Father of the Regiment, escorted by the Commanding Officer, laid a wreath within the Regimental Memorial Chapel. Last year’s wreath was re-laid at the Memorial Cross in the churchyard gardens prior to the start of the service.

The traditional service included the Padre’s Address, Regimental Collect and other prayers, interspersed with music and anthems by the church choir and organist, and hymns sung with gusto by the congregation. Buglers from the Regiment’s Corps of Drums sounded the Last Post and, following a two-minute silence, the Reveille.

The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem and a retiring collection for our Charitable Partner, SSAFA. Attendees then departed for Armoury House and the traditional Remembrance Service lunch.

Serving and veteran members of the HAC also represented the Company at other Remembrance events across London throughout Remembrance Week. These included:

  • the cross-planting at St Paul’s (8 November)
  • the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey (11 November)
  • a two-minute silence outside Armoury House at 1100hrs (11 November)
  • the Remembrance Service at St Paul’s and wreath-laying at the Royal Exchange memorial (14 November)
  • the commemorations at the RA Memorial, Hyde Park Corner and at Islington Green (14 November)
HRH Prince Michael of Kent
  • the wreath-laying in Exeter in memory of HAC member, Jack Sadler, the first HAC soldier to be killed on active service since 1945 (14 November).

Thank you to all who attended these Remembrance events and helped the Regiment, veterans and the nation remember the sacrifices made by those in the Armed Forces.