Published: 13/07/2017 08:00 - Updated: 09/07/2017 16:11

Ross Cadets' sobering insight into sacrifices made in First World War on battlefields visits

Cadets at the memorial to the Cameron Highlanders at High Wood.
Cadets at the memorial to the Cameron Highlanders at High Wood.
ARMY cadets from Ross-shire have returned from an emotional tour of First World War battlefields, memorials and cemeteries.

1st Battalion the Highlander’s representatives, Cadet Corporal Rhianna Russell (16) from Tain Detachment and Staff Sergeant Instructor Flora Thomson (55) from Fortrose Detachment visited areas linked to the Somme offensive.

Thirty cadets from the battalion spent three days in France paying their respects at numerous cemeteries on the Somme. They also visited memorials remembering local Scottish units who fought there, including the 51st Highland Division Memorial at Beaumont Hamel Newfound National Park and the memorial to the Cameron Highlanders at High Wood, which was home to some of the fiercest fighting during the battle.

 

The cadets visiting Ulster Tower, memorial to 36 (Ulster) Division.
The cadets visiting Ulster Tower, memorial to 36 (Ulster) Division.
Cpl Russell afterwards said: “Being able to visit the battlefield helped me understand much more and the sheer amount of graves in some of the cemeteries helped me see how many people died during the war.”

 

SI Thomson, who is the Detachment Commander at Fortrose, said: “I was absolutely overwhelmed and privileged to have done the Somme Battlefield Tour. It was very emotional at some points and very thought provoking.”

1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF is a youth organisation which provides challenging adventure, sporting and community activities aiming to inspire young people to achieve success while having fun at the same time. Tain Detachment meet every Wednesday evening at the Cadet Centre on Chapel Road between 7-9pm and Fortrose Detachment meet every Monday evening at the Cadet Centre on Rose Street between 7-9pm.

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