Army cadets visit First World War battlefields in France and Belgium at camp

ARMY cadets from Fenland visited two famous locations in Europe during their annual camp. The 20 cadets joined more than 200 from Cambridgeshire at Folkestone for nine days of challenge and adventure. Two European trips were included – a tour of the Firs

ARMY cadets from Fenland visited two famous locations in Europe during their annual camp.

The 20 cadets joined more than 200 from Cambridgeshire at Folkestone for nine days of challenge and adventure.

Two European trips were included - a tour of the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium, and an outward bound expedition to the Southern Bavaria.

County Training Officer Major Trevor Cox said: "There was certainly a full programme of activities. Having access to some of the best shooting ranges in the UK and extensive surrounding landscapes meant that all cadets could learn valuable skills using first class facilities."


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The more senior cadets went further afield into Europe.

Lt Colonel Mark Knight from Wisbech St Mary said: "We provided an opportunity for the cadets to trace the history of the former county regiment, The Cambridgeshires, by visiting the scene of its greatest action during WW1, and also enabled them to take part in the famous evening memorial parades held at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium."

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Led by their own Corps of Drums the 110 cadets paraded through the streets lined with hundreds of spectators to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate. The memorial service was led by the Rev Alan Jesson TD - Chaplain to the cadets and minster to the two parishes of Upwell and Outwell.

Cadet Travayne Smith, 17, from Chatteris said: "I joined the cadets last September and the things I have done are fantastic."

Cadet L/Corporal Rebecca Hare-Mitchum, 17, from Wisbech agreed. As a senior cadet she went on the trip to Europe

"It was the highlight of my life parading at the Menin Gate Memorial and playing the flute in the Corps of Drums," she said.

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