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11 November 2022 | Firm News | Article by Simon Ellis

How we remember: Staff stories

On Remembrance Day, known as Armistice Day, two members of staff share their stories about what it means to them.

Sarah’s story

Sarah Vice playing the bugle


First up is Sarah Vice, an Accountant at Hugh James. Sarah joined the local Scout and Guide Marching Band, at age 7, playing a bugle and subsequently the trumpet. At the age of 18, she wanted to join the Royal Marines Band but back then they didn’t allow female recruits as she would have tried to join the military as a musician.

Sarah has always admired the military and has played Last Post on Remembrance Sunday since the age of 11 (so 40 years!). She also worked at RAF St Athan (as a Civilian) and was a member of the RAF St Athan voluntary band which involved playing at many different military functions.
Sarah works closely with the local branch of the Royal British Legion and is often asked to play Last Post on different occasions, eg veterans funerals, services of remembrance, D-day, etc.

What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

Sarah said:

“I always feel very honoured and very privileged to be able to play Last Post – it means so much to so many, always stirs emotions and helps everyone to remember the sacrifice that so many gave. It is the most important gig I play each year.”

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Sam’s story

Sam Dillion


Sam Dillion, a Paralegal in our Military Team also served in the British Army Intelligence Corps (first with Airborne then Special Forces) for just under 8 years and continues to serve in the Corps as a Reservist. Sam comes from a career military family with soldiers (and the odd marine or sailor) going as far back as they have been able to trace.

Sam left the regular army this summer and so is still very much in the process of resettling and adjusting to his new life. He has got involved with some fundraising and is keen to do more to help support those in his community who need that occasional helping hand.

What does Remembrance Day mean to you?:

Sam said:

For me I reflect on the privileged opportunity I have had to serve every time I put on the uniform and I remember those that cannot, like most who have lost people you carry their memory daily. I think Remembrance Day is an opportunity for inspiration from those who have given everything in defence of their fellow man, I think there are lessons in their selfless sacrifice that everyone can take to heart – regardless of what they do in life.

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We’ve also been sharing how our Military Team have been supporting Remembrance Day, through volunteering at the British Legion Cardiff Poppy appeal and taking part in the 11-mile remembrance walk.

Author bio

Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

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