At Nottingham Castle, cadets of 1936 Newton squadron attended a Parade on the 7th May dedicated to World War 1 pilot hero Albert Ball. Albert Ball was a fighter pilot in the First World War. In 1914 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and gained his pilot wings in 1916. He crashed and unfortunately died in France, 1917. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions in his last fight. He was quoted “by far the best English flying man”.
The cadets met up at 1915 hrs at the Castle Green where they were put into 3 different flights, then sized off and began to march to the remembrance grounds. There they were halted and turned to face the memorial. At 2000 hrs a speech and prayer was given and officers placed poppy wreaths around the memorial. RAFA, ATC and the public all attended this service. The parade then turned left and continued to march until they passed to the memorial where there was an eyes left so they were facing the memorial. The cadets continued marching as normal back to the Castle green. All cadets were dismissed at 2045 hrs.
The parade was not only touching to be a part of, but also a great opportunity for the Squadron to show their thanks to those who fought, and died, for us.
By Cdt Witham
1936 (Newton) Squadron