August 19th 2014


More than 350 Cadets and adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) attended a special commemorative service to remember lives lost in World War One and join together to ‘put the lights out’.

On the evening of 4 August 2014, a number of candles were lit to remember the men and women who gave their lives ‘in the war to end all wars’. Cadets listened closely to reflective speeches about the fact that one hundred years ago the country was waiting for the deadline for German troops to withdraw from Belgium or war would be declared.

Two of Derbyshire ACF’s Padres led the service with readings from Colonel Chris Young, Derbyshire ACF’s Commandant, and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Watson, Derbyshire ACF’s Deputy Commandant.

As the Cadets and adult volunteers attending the service listened one by one the candles were extinguished helping everyone to remember the lights going out across Europe.

Second Lieutenant Sarah Shergold was chosen to extinguish the candles during the ceremony. She said: “The candles were extinguished in stages to symbolise the lights going out across Europe. I was honoured to be chosen to put the lights out, it was a poignant moment in my ACF career to date seeing hundreds of Cadets reflecting on historical acts that had gone before and being completely silent as the lights were put out.”

Colonel Chris Young, Derbyshire ACF’s Commandant, said: “It was important to commemorate World War One and being on our annual camp in Crowborough was a good opportunity to hold a ceremony to extinguish the candles together. I know services were held in many locations on the 4th August but our event acted as an informative and educational ceremony as well as a symbolic event to remember The Great War and the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives.”

Derbyshire ACF’s annual camp took place between 4 August and 13 August at Crowborough Training Camp in East Sussex.