Hertfordshire army cadets visit the Somme

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 November 2018

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force pictured here at Thiepval war memorial
Picture: Lt Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force pictured here at Thiepval war memorial Picture: Lt Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force

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Army cadets from across Hertfordshire paid a commemorative visit to the Somme in France.

Bedfordhsire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force at Delville Wood walking amongst the graves of fallen WW1 soldiers
Picture: Lt. Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet ForceBedfordhsire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force at Delville Wood walking amongst the graves of fallen WW1 soldiers Picture: Lt. Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force

The cadets began their journey at St Martin’s Plain Camp in Folkestone, where they received booklets and memorabilia during educational briefings.

The cadets then took a ferry to Calais, arriving in the Somme after a two-hour journey.

Throughout the weekend, cadets visited landmarks such as the Delville Wood South African National Memorial, the Devonshire Cemetery, Lochnagar mine and the Fricourt German war cemetery.

A tour guide joined the group to pass on his knowledge and answer questions from the cadets.

Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force pictured during the service at Theipval memorial during the remeberance service. 
Picture: Lt. Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet ForceBedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force pictured during the service at Theipval memorial during the remeberance service. Picture: Lt. Tom Lawrence, recruiting and marketing officer for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force

Their final stop was The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, where all the cadets formed up for a drumhead to salute those who gave their lives during the war.

The youngest cadet on parade, Cadet Colletta was selected to lay the final wreath on the memorial.

The Army Cadet Force is a national voluntary youth organisation for young people aged 12-18.

Anyone interested in joining should visit https://armycadets.com/join-cadets/ or https://www.facebook.com/BedsAndHertsArmyCadetForce/.

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