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Former soldier Rob Hood from South Cave is one of 50 veterans, carers, and staff from Help for Heroes who will commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in the military at the Cenotaph march-past on Remembrance Sunday in London.

With a 24-year Army career in the Royal Corps of Signals, Rob was deployed to the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland and Bosnia and was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class One (Regimental Sergeant Major).

“Remembrance is a time for me to reflect on those comrades who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Rob, 60, who has spent more than 10 years supporting fellow veterans as the Sports, Activity and Fellowship Lead for the north at Help for Heroes.

“I lost friends in battle and this event sets time aside to honour their commitment to our country. Marching in London is the ultimate privilege and one that I will hold for the rest of my life.

“The honour to parade with other veterans and march past this iconic memorial means everything.”

Rob will be part of Help for Heroes largest delegation, including 31 veterans supported by the charity, to attend the annual parade which sees 10,000 veterans marching shoulder to shoulder in an act of remembrance along Whitehall.

“Meeting new comrades young and old, but I am not sure what to expect or know what emotions will be within me, all I know is it will be one that I will not forget,” added Rob.

Rob had thought he was the first in his family to have served, but tracing back his family tree revealed that his great uncle was on HMS Hood when she was sunk in World War One.

Rob’s son is also currently serving a six-month tour in the Falkland Islands.

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