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17:08 09 November 2014

Remembrance Day service in Holt. Tom Bain who played the Last Stand at the service pictured with his granddad George Rudd and Holt RBL standard bearer Brian Bayley.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Remembrance Day service in Holt. Tom Bain who played the Last Stand at the service pictured with his granddad George Rudd and Holt RBL standard bearer Brian Bayley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The Last Post sounding across Holt town centre was the climax of an emotional Remembrance Day for one local family.

Trumpeter Tom Bain, 17, played the haunting refrain close to Holt war memorial where the name of his maternal great, great uncle, Albert J Waller, is recorded among those lost in the First World War.

The occasion was the realisation of a dream for Tom’s mum, Kate Bain, who asked if her son could play as part of the town’s annual ceremony.

The Last Post and Reveille are normally both played by a Gresham’s School pupil.

But Mrs Bain, from High Kelling, wanted her father George Rudd, a Royal British Legion stalwart, to hear his grandson perform.

She said it would be the last chance for Tom, a Sheringham High School pupil, to play before he left to study maths at university.

Mr Rudd, 84, who did his National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, paraded with the legion in the ceremony, together with Mrs Bain, a former Royal Navy nurse.

And Tom’s sister Georgina was also on parade, as part of Gresham’s School’s combined cadet force.

Other family members, including Tom’s dad, Jim Bain, lined the streets.

“I was a bit nervous but I feel proud,” said Tom. “I feel honoured to play for my great, great uncle, and for all the others on the memorial.”

He shared the musical honours with Gresham’s pupil Tom Scott, 16, who played Reveille.

The school lost 111 pupils and three staff in the 1914-1918 war, and 108 pupils in the Second World War.

Albert died, aged 20, during the Battle of Broodseinde in October 1917, near Ypres.

His body was never found and his name is also recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial wall to the missing, in Belgium.

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