Barry Air Cadets remember ward dead at Barry Cemetery

Barry Air Cadets remember ward dead at Barry Cemetery

Cadets of 372 (Barry) Squadron pay their respects.

Cadet Alex Spragg places a cross of remembrance on the headstone of H L Dixon of the Merchant Navy.

Cadet Pippa Cowles places a cross of remembrance on the headstone of Sergeant Whittle, RAF.

First published in News

AIR Cadets from 372 (Barry) Squadron remembered the 110 fallen Barry soldiers from the great wars buried at Barry Cemetery; by laying a cross of remembrance on each of their graves.

The event was co-ordinated by Phyllis Wells who has been tending to the war graves for more than 60 years. In a simple service, the cadets placed a cross at and smartly saluted each headstone, to remember soldiers, sailors and airman - many of whom were not much older than themselves.

Mrs Wells said: "The Cadets did a wonderful job, paying their respects to the soldiers of Barry who made the ultimate sacrifice. They should be proud of what they have done.

"This year's service was all the more poignant as the cadets have recently returned from a trip to Belgium and France, which incuded visits to the Ypres Salient and Somme battlefields as well as to war memorials and cemeteries.

Cadet Nathan Loxton said: "I went on the recent trip to Belgium and understand the sacrifices which these soldiers, sailors and airmen made."

The cadets who assisted at Barry Cemetery were Nathan Loxton, Nathaniel, Jonathon and Alex Spragg, Jack and Pippa Cowles, and Toby Boss.

* As well as ceremonial duties the Air Cadets undertake many exciting activities including flying, gliding, shooting, sports, adventure training, team building, expeditions, visits and field craft training and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme expeditions.

372 Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls aged 13-18 years. They parade on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9.30pm behind Adams Funeral Parlour (by the Memorial Hall) or you can contact the Squadron on 01446 747734 or email oc.372@aircadets.org  for more information.

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