Henley Army Cadet Force remember fallen WW1 soldier Alfred Barnes by rejuvenating his grave on the 101st anniversary of his death.
Henley Detachment adopted the grave in 2014, as Alfred Barnes has no known relatives. Alfred’s grave was located by local historian, Mike Willoughby.
The Cadets rejuvenated the grave by installing a wooden border, slate chippings and flowers.
Oxfordshire’s Army Cadet Force Padre Mark Newman hosted a service of remembrance which was attended by 25 cadets from Henley Detachment with Lt Col Nick Launders, Peppard Royal British Legion, with the branch’s standard.
Corporal Ashleigh Poolan who assisted with the organising of the grave refurbishment said: “We visit Alfred each year around remembrance Sunday, but this year we felt we wanted to do more to make him remembered, we came up with the idea of making the grave more eye catching. We are all very happy with the way it turned out.”
Lieutenant Thomas Fearn, Detachment Commander for Henley Detachment commented: “I’m incredibly proud of the way the cadets organised this all by themselves – the cadets showed maturity beyond their years this evening.”
The Army Cadet Force is currently actively accepting new cadets – if you are 12 years old and have just started in year 8 then come on down to Army Cadets.
The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence for 12 to 18 year olds, Army Cadets provides a challenging and varied syllabus based on military themes. Henley Army Cadet Force parade every Wednesday from 1900 to 2130 at The Drill Hall on Friday Street and are currently looking for new Cadets and Adult Volunteers.
For any enquiries please contact Detachment Commander Lt Thomas Fearn on firstname.lastname@example.org