Royal Marine Cadet and Year 11 Ashdown student, James Bolton, was awarded a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to join the National Parade at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.  The invitation was issued by Cdr James Nesbit, London Area Officer.  James joined serving officers and veterans, paying his respects as he proudly marched past Government Ministers and Royal Princes  ‘eyes left’ on the Cenotaph.


“It was an honour to take part as very few people are given the opportunity and it is very rarely repeated” Said James.

The Parade was the culmination of a busy three day schedule of events in London which started when James met The Master of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, Master Richard Slade QC, at the Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadets Unit.  The Master presented James with an award and £200 cheque for obtaining the highest pass mark this year in the Marine Engineering 2nd Class qualification (he achieved 91%).

James will  use the money so that he can go away next year and undertake his 1st class qualification; two week-long courses each split between electrical and mechanical engineering.

After the formality of the presentation, James and fellow Cadets spent Saturday sightseeing in London, including visiting 10 Downing Street.

James fully intends to embark on a career in the Services.  He has learnt a lot of skills in the Cadets and particularly enjoys marine camouflage expeditions in Ashdown Forest, Crowborough and Mereworth.  He has already obtained a raft of outdoor pursuit qualifications including sailing, kayaking and rowing.  James is confident he can get the necessary grades to study engineering at College and has his career mapped out:  successfully apply to Sandhurst, become an Army Officer and see the world.


Head of Ashdown School, Ms Long said: “We are very, very proud of James gaining his 2nd Class qualification and what an amazing honour to be involved in the the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph”.


Executive Principal, David Millar, said:  “James is an exceptional student. I have no doubt he will achieve anything he sets his mind to and would like to congratulate him on his achievements.”