By Major Andy Pilling, Company Commander, No 1 (Minden) Company
Over 80 members of No 1 (Minden) Company and the County Corps of Drums came together on Sunday 23 April 2023 to take part in the annual Gallipoli Parade in Bury, to commemorate events of the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey. The Lancashire Fusiliers, who took part in the landings, through their heroism won 6 Victoria Cross Medals. The 6 VCs before breakfast.
On their arrival the cadets made sure their unforms were all prepared and smart, ready for the parade. They were then split into two guards and the No 1 (Minden) Company standard was carried by a senior cadet NCO and 2 NCO guards.
The cadets proudly marched to the front of the Castle Armoury where the parade was taken by Major General Swift and the cadets were inspected by Colonel Doherty, Commander North West.
Following the service, held in Bury Parish Church the cadets all formed up outside the Parish Church and marched, with the Corps of Drums heading the parade. The cadets proudly marched, many with family and friends watching and the public clapping as the cadets marched.
Parades, like Gallipoli, remember the heroism and sacrifice of so many who gave their lives in wars around the world.
Cadets in the ACF wear their uniforms with great pride, giving up their time to take part in Parades to show their respect to those who have and are serving in the armed forces, many of whom lost their lives.
As the Officer Commanding No 1 (Minden) Company it is a great honour to work with our cadets and see them achieve so much and put so much into the Community they live.
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