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QE Dedicates Tommy Statue to Local Veteran


Despite not being able to hold their traditional Remembrance Ceremony this year, cadet students and a small group of staff from Queen Elizabeth’s School, paid their respects to the fallen at 11am today with silence, a poem and a special dedication to local veteran Robert Harry Thomas Reeves.

November 11th 2020
Dedicated to Robert Harry Thomas Reeves
March 3rd 1923 – 17th March 2020

During WWII, ‘Bob’ served in the Merchant Navy as a Petty Officer.
His boat was one of the first at Sword Beach in 1944, otherwise known as the D-Day landings.
He was awarded five medals including the ‘Legion of Honour’ for his service during the war and on that fateful day.
He was a much-loved character by all who met him, including his late wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
As a mark of respect and gratitude, we dedicate this Tommy to ‘Bob’.
Lest We Forget

QE Teacher Sandra Elson, who heads up arrangements for Remembrance at QE each year, said: “Whilst we were disappointed that we were unable to hold our full Remembrance Ceremony this year, we were pleased to be able to honour a very special local veteran, Robert Harry Thomas Reeves, known to his friends and family as Bob, and dedicate our beautiful Tommy statue to him. I would like to say a big thank you to our cadet students for representing our armed forces so wonderfully today.”


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