August 19th 2014


34 Cadets and 8 adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) visited a number of former battlefields in Belgium to commemorate World War One this month.

This is the first time that Derbyshire ACF has organised a visit to the Menin Gate in Ypres and Tyne Cot military cemetery but thought it was particularly poignant to travel to these locations during 2014 to reflect on historical actions and lives lost during The Great War.

Speaking ahead of the event, Colonel Chris Young, Commandant at Derbyshire ACF, said: “Our annual Cadet Camp has been taking place in Crowborough since 4 August. During the two weeks Cadets have been away from home they will have taken part in many training and adventure-based activities as well as a commemorative service to reflect on past events one-hundred years on from the beginning of ‘the war to end all wars’.

“We at Derbyshire ACF organised the visit to the former World War One Battlefields in France and Belgium this year as an educational and informative programme of activities that those involved will remember for a long time.

“Many of our Cadets taking part in the trip are similar ages to those who went off to War all those years ago, so it will be an important educational journey for all involved.”

The visit to France and Belgium took place on Tuesday 12 August.