November 20, 2015

Members of the Cadets took part in a memorial service to honour fallen Polish service personnel on November 15. 

The Cadets from 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF Ross Company and 379 (County of Ross) Squadron Air Cadets took part in the annual service at Invergordon which was a well-known area for Polish airmen and soldiers during the Second World War.

Alness had an RAF base and Evanton and Fearn also had airfields where the airmen were based. The Army also trained in the local area, as well as being involved in building Inchindown which was used as an oil storage facility.

The parade marched to the memorial under the command of 1 Highlanders ACF’s Adjutant Captain Bart Lucas, for the third year in a row. At the memorial a short service was conducted followed by wreaths being laid by the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Royal British Legion, Police and other local dignitaries.

After the war many of the service personnel were unable to return home and many of them stayed in Scotland and formed the basis of today’s vibrant Polish community. The memorial, situated at Castle Close, commemorates the Polish 25th Jnl Battalion, which was stationed at Invergordon in 1945, and is based just behind the camp where the Polish service personnel were once housed.

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