26 October 2018
they visited the site of a destroyed Windmill just outside Pozieres which was captured by Australian troops and is now the site of a Memorial to fallen Australian troops and a Memorial to Animals of Nations killed during the war. After that they visited the Lochnangar crater where they had a talk about trench warfare and tunneling operations.
From there they visited a German cemetery where they were able to see the differences between the war graves.
Their last stop was to the Devonshire Cemetery outside of Mametz, they were able to see first hand where the two trenches would have been and how difficult it would have been for the soldiers in World War 1 to get to the enemy trenches whilst under fire.
The trip ended with a Drumhead service in front of the Thiepval memorial. Some of the cadets saw graves of the fallen that had the same surnames as them.
“I came on this trip as I wanted to learn more about World War 1 and wanted to pay my respects to the fallen.” Said Cadet Griffiths from 27 Midhurst detachment.