Representatives from St John Guernsey and the St John Emergency Ambulance Service have joined islanders and people further afield in two minutes silence to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and remember all those killed and injured serving their country.

This year was the first time Badgers (7-10 year olds) have taken part in the Remembrance Parade. Youth members of the Cadets and Badgers marched from Elizabeth College to Smith Street, where they stood in silence as the canon at Castle Cornet was fired to mark the exact time 100 years ago that the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

Hundreds of people lined the pavements to watch the uniformed organisations, veterans platoon, regimental associations and standards march down St Anne’s Place and form-up under the watchful eye of Parade Commander Tim Slann.

The St John Guernsey standard was carried by volunteer Mark Hasson, escorted by Millie Sarre and Jackie Hancock. The Colour Party for the St John Emergency Ambulance Service was EMT Paul Phillips and EMT Frankie Middleton.

After the bugle sounded the Last Post and Reveille, the Acting Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer of SJEAS John Le Noury and Senior Officer Malcolm Mechem placed a wreath at the foot of the granite war memorial alongside colleagues from the other emergency services. Long serving volunteer Millie Sarre and Cadet Matilda Shell laid wreaths on behalf of the adult and youth members of the charity.

At the same time St John volunteers were also on duty at the St Peter Port event providing first aid cover for the public and those on parade.

Later at the Rohais ambulance station, where SJEAS staff had also marked the silence at 11o’clock, three Chelsea Pensioners met the on duty paramedics and EMTs. The trio dressed in scarlet uniforms and tricorne hats chatted to staff before heading off for lunch.


Posted: November 11, 2018