Remembrance Day (Sunday 11 November) was particularly poignant this year, since it coincided with the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front, bringing to an end ‘the war to end all wars’. 1315 (Kidlington) Squadron Air Cadets, accordingly, took part in not one, but two commemorations this year.
The cadets first laid a poppy cross on the grave of 16-year-old Air Cadet Leslie Shearwood, who was killed when the training aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed in April 1944, and then attended the service at St Mary’s Church. This was followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in the churchyard, at which Cadets read out the names of the fallen and placed a poppy wreath on the Memorial.
In the afternoon. Kidlington Air Cadets also attended the ‘Oxfordshire Remembers’ Armistice Centenary commemoration at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, in company with many other cadets representing not just the armed forces, but also the Police and St John Ambulance. The contingent lined the route through Tom Quad to the Cathedral as the many visitors and dignitaries arrived for the service, and then assisted after the service with the planting of poppy crosses by the congregation – each with the name of a fallen Oxfordshire serviceman, painstakingly added by local primary school children.
1 November 2018 – 1315 (Kidlington) Squadron has a new Officer Commanding. Flying Officer Al Young comes to us from 2120 (Witney) squadron, where he previously held the positions of Adjutant and, more recently, Training Officer. He is an ex-regular RAF Aircrew Officer (1978-1997) and flew a variety of aircraft types during his RAF career, including the Hawk, Tornado and Hercules; he also holds a Private Pilot’s Licence and particularly enjoys flying aerobatics and formation in Lyneham Flying Club’s Bulldog, which is based at Cotswold Airport (the former RAF Kemble).