War memorial honour for cadets

June 9, 2023
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Group in front of war memorial.

Cadets from 2nd Battalion The Highlanders ACF were honoured to take part in the Rededication Ceremony of Stonehaven War Memorial.

The 20 May event was organised by the Stonehaven branch of Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) and attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kincardineshire Mr Alistair Macphie.

Over 100 musicians, including 72 pipers from pipe bands across the North East of Scotland, led the parade to the memorial site at Black Hill overlooking the town.

The ceremony was planned to reflect the one in 1923 when The Right Honourable Viscountess Cowdray of Dunecht and Dunnottar Castle – who had donated the area of land on which the memorial is built – unveiled the monument.

Cadets marching.
Cadets prepare to step off in Stonehaven.

One hundred years later her great grandson The Honourable Charles Pearson unveiled a commemorative plaque, which will eventually be mounted on a specially-designed cairn forming part of the ongoing restoration and upkeep of the memorial.

A poppy wreath was laid at the memorial by the Lord-Lieutenant accompanied by cadets representing the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and RAF Air Cadets.

Pam Gerrard RBLS branch treasurer and event co-ordinator said: “In the last 100 years generations of us have experienced and witnessed so much change yet the War Memorial has been a constant, watching over the town from the Black Hill, as if standing guard. The rededication ceremony brought generations of people together to reflect, remember and honour a monument that will forever remain timeless.”

Poppy wreath on war memorial.
A poppy wreath was laid by the Lord-Lieutenant.