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« on: October 11, 2011, 20:36:17 PM »

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, more commonly called the Duke of York’s, is a co-educational Academy with military traditions in Dover, Kent, open to pupils whose parents are serving or have served in any branch of the United Kingdom armed forces for a minimum of 4 years. The school was until September 2010 a military boarding secondary school and an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). With the transition to Academy status, entry was extended to civilian families and oversight transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the Department for Education. The Ministry of Defence remains the sponsor of the school, contributing a £23M redevelopment project and an additional £1.5M per annum to fund military instruction. The school's fees are in the order of £10000 per annum.
 
The Duke of York’s has many traditions and a rich history, which includes ceremonial parades and uniforms, a monitorial style of education modelled on the English public school system. This rich history includes a long line of notable alumni, known as Dukies, including senior generals (such as Sir Archibald Nye and Gary Coward), famous musicians (such as Debroy Somers and Henry Lazarus), sportsmen (like Maurice Colclough), many leading academic scientists (including Professors Paul Shaw, Timothy Foster and Mark Gardiner) and clergymen (James Jones and Bill Ind) and a long list of decorated armed forces personnel.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 20:37:40 PM »

More oldies..

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 18:48:00 PM »

Some postcards of Duke of York's..

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 09:56:22 AM »

Quite a crowd of Royalty in this old postcard from 1908  Shocked

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2011, 23:26:13 PM »

An interesting view showing the Swingate CHL towers in their original configuration..

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 09:15:50 AM »

Undated group shot of some pupils at DOYRMS.

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 20:11:56 PM »

A large aerial shot..

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 11:07:20 AM »

Plan of Duke of York's Royal Military School, dated 1919.

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2012, 20:28:22 PM »

Previously on file with the Office of Works (later Ministry of Works):


Subject: Duke of York's School, Dover.

MEMORANDA


Secretary,

I have to report that the Military have taken over the above school, and all the boys have been shifted to Warley, I understand. Difficulty has occurred with the furniture, desks, etc which had to be instantly removed. As I had no store on the Building, I have emptied the swimming bath, boarded the bottom, and packed as much furniture as possible within it. I have given Mr. Emery instructions to give the military every facility, and instructed him to report himself to the military authorities, and to say that he and his staff are absolutely at their service. The military are cutting down all trees in the grounds, removing fencing etc., in accordance with their requirements.

Submitted for covering approval.

(Sgd illegible)
6th August, 1914.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 07:46:36 AM »

H.M. OFFICE OF WORKS
STOREY'S GATE
WESTMINSTER S.W.1.


26th February, 1919.

Dear Cubitt,

I understand the Royal Fusiliers will shortly be vacating the Duke of York's School at Dover - probably at the end of this week. Can you inform me whether the boys are likely to reoccupy the schools almost immediately, as if so, it would be advisable to have the interiors redecorated generally and the exteriors of the buildings are also due for painting this year? I have money down to the tune of £3,595 on next year's estimate for this purpose, and as the painting season is coming on, I should be glad to have information as soon as possible on this point in order that we may take steps to obtain tenders for this work.

Yours sincerely

(Initialled) L.E.


B B Cubitt, Esqre., C.B.,
War Office,
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 07:52:41 AM »

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3rd March 1919.


Dear Earle,

In reply to your letter of February 26th, you are correct in your surmise that the Royal Fusiliers have been ordered to move from the Duke of York's School at Dover, but it has been necessary to leave some of the personnel behind temporarily, including a very large number of officers. I gather that there is not, therefore, much likelihood of the boys returning to the school until after the Summer holidays, and I enclose a copy of our official reply to the Poplar Board of Guardians.

Yours sincerely,

(Sgd) B B Cubitt


Sir L. Earle, K.C.B.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2012, 09:00:25 AM »

Pupils at DOYRMC post-WWI..

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2012, 08:03:37 AM »

DETAILS of a major £25 million development at a Dover school have been revealed in plans submitted to the district council. A new sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks, four two-story junior boarding houses, extensions to Centenary House, a medical centre and 115 extra parking spaces could be built at the Duke of York's on Deal Road.

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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 10:35:36 AM »

Bishop Taylor Smith, Chaplain General to the Forces, dedicated the new chapel in connection with the Duke of York's School, Dover

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2017, 08:31:35 AM »

The Duke of York's Royal Military School had, I guess, an average, or even below average, number of deaths for an educational establishment, but because many of these boys were buried in a special plot in the nearby Guston Churchyard, it makes it appear as if it was a particularly unlucky school. Below are a couple of photographs of the plot - I've linked the list of names to individual topics, and put them in the 'Military Graves' section of the forum.  There are other deaths reported in the newspapers, with the unlucky boys being buried elsewhere. I will edit this post and add their names as and when I transcribe the newspaper articles, and then link them to posts in relevant sections of the forum.



Buried in Guston Churchyard

Douglas (Monty) Hart                Aged 11           5th June 1910

William Smith                          Aged 12           22nd October 1910

George Lee                              Aged 9            9th June 1911

Herbert Chant                          Aged 13           16th May 1912

George Wosket                        Aged 12           19th July 1912

Percy Barnett                          Aged 14           11th July 1914

John Ralphs                             Aged 12           29th June 1929

Donald Martin                          Aged 13           25th November 1929

F. W. Felgate                           Aged 10           7th May 1931

Ronald Evans                           Aged 15           14th May 1932

Stanley Barker                         Aged 19           27th July 1934

Timothy Place                                                1973



Buried elsewhere

James Bowman                        Aged 12            7th May 1925


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