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July 9th 2015

Local Cadets arrive home from Battlefield tour

A number of Cadets and adult volunteers from two Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) in the East Midlands, who took part in a World War One Battlefield tour, are now setting their sights on next year’s trip.

55 Cadets and 20 Adult volunteers from Nottinghamshire ACF and Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) ACF took part in the tour which saw them travel to France and Belgium where they visited numerous World War One memorials and battlefield sites.

The six day programme, which was organised by Nottinghamshire ACF, saw the joint Nottinghamshire and LNR ACF Corps of Drums perform at Menin Gate in Ypres.

Cadets Battlefield TourEach Cadet was also assigned a partner with whom they researched a particular location and presented their findings during the visit.

Major Steve Greaves, Director of Music at Nottinghamshire ACF said that he enjoyed seeing the Cadets taking a further interest in the historical sites visited.

He commented: “It is great to see so many Cadets enjoy learning about history and finding out their own personal links to it.

“A lot of the Cadets who took part this year have attended the battlefield trip multiple times and we are proud that so many of our Cadets want to return again. Each Cadet fundraises throughout the year to be able to attend the visit and it is inspiring to see their enthusiasm.”

Major Greaves added that next year Cadets and adult volunteers attending the trip with have the chance to visit the battlefields associated with Nottinghamshire units who fought during World War One to pay their respects.

Steve explained: “Next year will be a particularly significant trip in terms of Nottinghamshire ACF’s links in history to World War One. We look forward to commemorating this with Cadets.”

The visit took place from Sunday 28 June to Saturday 4 July.

To find out more about joining the ACF visit www.armycadets.com

“It is great to see so many Cadets enjoy learning about history and finding out their own personal links to it."