'˜Remembrance isnot just for one day'

Members of Berwick's Army cadet detachment recently visited the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Friday, 17th August 2018, 12:22 pm
Members of Berwicks Army cadet detachment have recently visited the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The 21-strong group was joined by Major Graeme Heron and Major Keith Marchant, of Northumbria ACF.

During the visit, Major Heron gave briefings at a number of memorials to regiments, units, battalions and squadrons of all three military services.

Members of Berwicks Army cadet detachment have recently visited the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Cadets laid poppy crosses at memorials and local service personnel were remembered.

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Three crosses were placed at the Far East Prisoners of War grove, in remembrance of Captain Henry McCreath, Captain Eric Lomax and Fusilier Albert Bell Williamson.

A cross was also placed at the Falklands memorial in remembrance of Paul Henry.

While at the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Northern Ireland conflict, Major Marchant gave the cadets a briefing on The Troubles before the group visited a tree dedicated to his brother, Fus Charles Marchant.

Members of Berwicks Army cadet detachment have recently visited the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Major Marchant then gave the detachment a moving account of his brother’s life; from family stories and school days, to his service, the injury he sustained after being shot while on duty in Northern Ireland and of his death. Fus Marchant’s nephew, Lance Corporal Rory Marchant, attached a cross to his uncle’s tree.

Colour Sergeant Ellie Kearton and cadet Corporal Niamh Campbell led the tributes to the fallen by laying a wreath at the Armed Forces Memorial.

Detachment Commander, Lt Debra Jerdan, said: “We must never forget the sacrifice of those who lost their lives, and were injured whilst serving in our Armed Forces. Our trip took place outwith the usual period of remembrance – as remembrance is not just for one day. All of those who took part in the visit learned valuable lessons about trust and friendship, alongside learning more about the military history of Great Britain.”