Among those chosen to take part in this year’s centenary commemorations of World War One in Belgium will be three Carnoustie cadets.
Lance-Corporal Rebecca Bell (15), Lance-Corporal Lauren Kilcullen (13) and Cadet Duncan Hobbs (13) will be taking part in a very special iteration of the Belgium Battlefield Experience in October at the invitation of the Black Watch Army Cadet Battalion who are based in Perth.
The cadets from the Carnoustie unit of the Angus and Dundee Battalion ACF will take part in a series of museum visits and parades at war memorials, including a ceremony at the Menin Gate, over six days.
They will travel by bus and ferry to Ypres where they will be accommodated in Belgian Army barracks for the duration of their stay. Sergeant Ian Chamberlain, who leads the Carnoustie detachment, said: “I’m very proud of my cadets and I am sure these three will be a credit to the unit while taking part in this historically important event.”
The cadets are looking forward to the trip which is just one of many unique opportunities provided by the Army Cadet Force and they have been fortunate enough to source funding to help subsidise the experience.
“I think Belgium will be quite informative and very emotional,” said Lance Corporal Bell.
Her comrade Cadet Hobbs added: “I’m looking forward to seeing the monuments. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to that.”
L/Cpl Kilcullen summed up the feelings of the group: “I feel very proud to have been chosen to go to Belgium.”
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