Gad’s represents UK Combined Cadet Force on international march in Holland

Our top ten cadets joined 30,000 people in a march to mark the Battle of Arnhem at the weekend.

Selected for their commitment and hard work throughout the year, the classmates completed the 15km route through battle fields and were awarded a medal for taking part.

The cadets, accompanied by four members of staff, stayed the Dutch Army camp at Harkskamp.  During their stay they visited the landing areas of Wolfheze and Heelsum en Renkum, where the airborne soldiers were dropped ready for the battle 69 years before.

The group paid their respects to the thousands of British, Commonwealth and Polish soldiers when they laid a commemorative wreath at the Oosterbeek War Cemetry.

Contingent Commander Major Lamb said: “It was an honour to be invited to represent CCFs from across the country and we hope to make it a permanent fixture in the school calendar.

“The weather and walking conditions were challenging but that only helped to make us all think of what the British armed forces and Dutch people endured in September 1944.

“As always I was proud of my cadets’ impeccable behaviour and respect during this very emotional and prestigious international event.”