Air cadets from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron had the pleasure to join the Friends of Welford Road Cemetery by forming a guard of honour for a remembrance service at the commonwealth war grave in Leicester on Saturday 13th November.
On a bright and crisp autumn morning, the cadets joined with representatives from the friends of Welford Road cemetery in remembering the 343 people from the first and second world wars who are laid to rest within the cemetery.
Between 1914 and 1919, the 5th Northern General Hospital, with more than 2,600 beds, occupied several buildings in Leicester virtually next to Welford Road Cemetery. More than 95,000 officers and men were admitted to the hospital, which recorded 514 deaths before its closure, 286 of these being buried just across the road in Welford Road Cemetery in a war graves plot.
The service began with a dedication ceremony alongside the war grave, along with a brief history of the origins of the cemetery and the 5th northern general hospital. As the leaves fluttered down from the trees in the gentle autumn breeze, the sounds of the last post rang out across the cemetery as cadets and dignitaries joined together in silent remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. After the service, the cadets formed a guard of honour before a small reception within the visitors centre. Flt Lt Aimee Hurst of 1F squadron said, “This is the first time that the squadron has been invited to attend this service, and we are extremely grateful to the Friends of Welford road cemetery for their invite. We have been asked to get involved in this service of remembrance to represent not only the Air Cadet organisation but also the armed forces and we hope that this signifies the start of a long term friendship between our organisations.”
Commonwealth War Grave, Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester.
Laying of the wreath at the commonwealth war graves memorial by Cadet Corporal Molly Henson.
Flt Lt Aimee Hurst RAF VR(T) OC 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron