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Captain Gareth Brearley speaks in Chapel

Gareth Brearley returned to Walhampton to share his thoughts on Remembrance at our school service

Gareth and Josephine Brearley Gareth and Josephine Brearley

We were delighted to welcome back former pupil, Captain Gareth Brearley, to talk in chapel at our Remembrance service last Friday.


Gareth left Hordle Walhampton in 2001 to go to Marlborough, where he stayed until 2006. He took a Gap year to work in a Prep school in Hamilton, New Zealand, before returning to the UK to study Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College. 


Gareth, who joined Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in 2011, spoke of what Remembrance means to him and how he reflects on those who died during his years of service. He also gave thanks to the families of those in service who have to carry on at home whilst service men are away, and support each other in desperate times.

Prior to the service Gareth enjoyed showing his wife around his old school and looking at photos and magazines from his school days.  We found a photo of Gareth in the September 1997 school photograph, stood beside long time friends, twins Thomas and Barnaby Dykes.


When Gareth married his beautiful wife Josephine, in May this year, school friend George Thomas was his best man.