Battlefield study

Just returned from a Battlefield Study Tour of St Valery-En-Caux in Northern France are 58 Cadets and Adult Instructors from 2 Highlanders Army Cadet Force with Cadet Harry Malcolm of Stonehaven in their midst. The cadets visited the area in a team building and educational exercise.

During their weeklong stay in Dieppe the group visited the areas surrounding St Valery in which the 51st Highland Division made their last stand against Hitler’s German army before being forced in the face of overwhelming opposition to lay down their weapons and march into captivity for the next five years. The group made a visit to the Division’s Memorial on the hill overlooking the town of St Valery before moving on to the British Cemetery to take part in a service led by the Battalion Padre, Padre Bryson. After the service wreaths were laid in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The cadets were fortunate to be accompanied by Brigadier (Retd) Charles Grant, a former commander of the 51st Highland Brigade and an expert on the history of the 51st Highland Division.