Bute army cadets make battlefield pilgrimage

Rothesay army cadet and piper Matthew Daniels with buglers from the Ypres Fire Service at the Menin Gate during the West Lowland Battalion's annual pilgrimage to the battlefields of northern Europe.
Rothesay army cadet and piper Matthew Daniels with buglers from the Ypres Fire Service at the Menin Gate during the West Lowland Battalion's annual pilgrimage to the battlefields of northern Europe.

BUTE army cadets have joined colleagues from all over west and south-west Scotland on the annual pilgrimage to the battlefields of northern Europe by the West Lowland Battalion of the Army Cadet Force.

Sixteen-year-old piper Matthew Daniels, from High Craigmore in Rothesay, joined four buglers from the fire service in Ypres in playing at the daily evening service at the Menin Gate, which bears the names of 54,896 Commonwealth servicemen and at which the cadets marched and provided a guard of honour.

The group also visited Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth graveyard in the world, as well as the Scottish War Memorial at Frezenberg near Zonnebeke, a huge Celtic cross bearing part of the famous Declaration of Arbroath.

Matthew also played a salute on the bagpipes as the cadets paid their respects at the Monument Sloedam, better known as the ‘Causeway for the 52 Lowland Division’, which comprised numerous regiments from southern Scotland and suffered nearly 1,300 casualties at the Battle of Walchern in November 1944.

This year the cadets also visited Passchendaele, the Second World War cemetery at Bergen-op-Zoom in the Netherlands and the German graveyard at Langemark.