Angus Cadets second in Somme event

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Four Army Cadets from Angus and Dundee Battalion Army Cadet Force visited Edinburgh Castle at the weekend.

Accompanied by Battalion Commandant Colonel Martin Passmore, they took part in the ‘Auban Sodger Presentation’ competition and gained a second place by one point.

The competition relates to the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and alludes to the commemorative sculpture by Paul Auban

Staff Sergeant Cameron Keith, Lance Corporal Nadine Leslie and Cadet Chloe Brown, all from Forfar Black Watch Detachment; and Lance Bombardier Lewis Gaskin from Montrose Royal Artillery Detachment worked hard at researching and perfecting information in respect of the Battle of the Somme.

Private John Campbell of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, a former Dundee Courier employee; Private Albert Keiller of the Royal Scots and Private William Dand of the Machine Gun Corps were all from Dundee and died at the Somme. They were remembered during the presentation.

While the four judges listened to presentations from other Battalions across Scotland, the Angus Cadets visited the Castle Museum.

The cadets were given a talk on the One O’clock Gun (1861) and had a prime position to watch it being fired.

Everyone was invited into the Officers’ Mess for lunch and the winning team from Glasgow and Lanarkshire was presented with its trophies.

Angus and Dundee Battalion are recruiting boys and girls aged from 12 and who are in secondary education.

They are also looking to recruit adult volunteers. If the Army Cadets interests you, contact Headquarters at Barry Buddon on 01382 533349.