HUNDREDS of members of the naval services have been rehearsing to take part in a parade in London on Remembrance Sunday.
Drill training has been taking place at Whale Island for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph.
Dressed smartly in greatcoats to ward off the autumn chill, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, and 10 Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors will take part in the ceremonies in London.
They will also be involved in the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Lord Mayor’s Parade on Saturday.
Training has been taking place at HMS Excellent on Whale Island, Portsmouth for two weeks.
This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War and Warrant Officer in Charge of State Ceremonial Duties, WO1 Dickie Henderson said there has been a rise in interest in taking part.
‘This year we’ve had more volunteers then we usually get,’ he said.
‘There are quite a few in the contingent who have distant relations who fought in the First World War, so that’s why they’re here.
‘The remainder are all here to remember people from the First World War and every conflict since.
‘It’s their way of showing their respects to people that have fallen before them.’
Captain Freddie Sankey, is the fourth generation in his family to serve his country in more than 80 years of operational duties with the Royal Marines. He will be the officer in charge leading the Royal Marines contingent.
He said: ‘I’ve had four generations of family within the Royal Marines so it’s a massive honour to be able to represent them and remember them on the biggest stage.
‘It’s always important to remember what we’ve done in the past, not just the Royal Marines but the army, the navy and the air force.’