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Nottingham’s WW1 Air Ace Remembered

Article posted: May 23, 2011 by Flt Lt Waplington

At the invitation of the Royal Air Force Association, Air Cadets from Nottingham attended a Parade in the grounds of Nottingham Castle to remember Nottingham born First World War Fighter Ace, Captain Albert Ball VC.

The Parade is held every year on the anniversary Albert Ball’s disappearance in France on the evening of 7th May 1917 after taking off for an evening offensive patrol over the Arras Front. His posthumous Victoria Cross was awarded a month later to mark his heroic achievements.

In addition to the cadets from all the Nottingham Squadrons with their banners and the banners of the RAFA and other veteran associations, the Squadron Colour of 56 ® Squadron from RAF Waddington led the Parade with a full Colour escort of Squadron personnel. The Banner of South and East Midlands Wing, Air Training Corps, was also present with it’s escort of senior cadets.

The Parade formed up around the statue to Captain Ball in the Castle Grounds where a short service was conducted by the Reverend Martin Kirkbride, Vicar of the Lenton Church where the family of Albert Ball worshipped.

Captions shows the Rev Martin Kirkbride leading the service of Remembrance.

The Last Post marked the start of a two minutes silence and time to reflect on past and present sacrifices made by the Royal air Force.

Wreaths were laid by The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Brian Grocock, Wg Cdr O’Dell, Officer Commanding 56 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Waddington and Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing of the Air Training Corps.

Parade Commander, Sqn Ldr Carl Wilson, led the cadets on a March Past when the salute was taken by the assembled dignitaries. The excellent band of the Ruddington Corps of Drums preceded the cadets.

Captions shows The cadets and veteran standards around the memorial in the grounds of Nottingham Castle

In a short speech to the cadets, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson thanked the cadets for an excellent parade and smart turnout “it fills me with pride to command a wing that can show the people of Nottingham what youngsters can do, and do so well” said Nigel.

Cadets represented all the City of Nottingham Squadrons as well as those from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton, Tollerton and Beeston.

Flt Lt Munns
South & East Midlands Wing Media & Communications officer