Local cadets mark the Battle of Loos

Local army cadets were among those who took part in services over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos.

Thirteen cadets from the Angus and Dundee Battalion attended and supported the Black Watch Association at the Service of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary on Sunday.

The service took place at Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s), Church of Scotland and the service was conducted by the Reverend Keith F Hall, MA, BD MPhil, minister of St Mary’s Church and The Reverend Professor Norman Drummond CBE, FRSE, Chair, Scottish Commemorations Panel. former chaplain, 1st Bn, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).

It was an emotive and thought provoking service with the cadets handing out Orders of Service to the congregation.

Among those who took part was Sergeant Cameron Keith of Forfar Det. who paraded the A & D Bn Banner.

Prior to the church service, on the previous day, Angus and Dundee Bn ACF and The BW Bn ACF (Perth) provided 40 cadets, both BW and other cap badges, at the National Battle of Loos Parade in Dundee. Whilst half the BW cadets marched in the main parade, 10 BW cadets lowered the Red ‘Banners’ that were attached to the pillars located at the front of the Caird Hall which depicted the blood lost at the battle. The ‘other’ cap badges were from the Royal Signals, Parachute, Dundee Royal Artillery and Medics ACF detachments. The cadets handed out programmes and directed the VIPs, veterans and civilian ticket holders to their seats. Contact Barry Buddon on 01382 533349 or go online to the Angus and Dundee Battalion ACF website page for more information on the cadets.