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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



12 November 2014

In the year which marks the centenary of World War 1, men, women and children packed the grounds of Belfast’s City Hall to take their part in the city’s formal Remembrance Sunday commemorations.  Amongst those gathered at the Cenotaph to honour the nation’s fallen were cadets from the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadet Corps, as well as members of the Combined Cadet Forces from the Royal Belfast Academical Institute (RBAI) and Campbell College.

Remembrance Sunday was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but, following World War II, the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation's dead of both World Wars, and, in 1980, it was widened further in remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and those who mourn them.

Ballynahinch brothers David (17) and Samuel (15) Abraham, on duty with the Campbell College Combined Cadet Force, who pause for a moment of reflection prior to the solemn ceremony.

Amongst those gathered at the Cenotaph to honour the Nation’s fallen was Cadet Sergeant Thomas Emerson from Hillsborough, on duty with representatives of the R.B.A.I. Combined Cadet Force.

Pausing for a moment’s reflection before the solemn ceremony are South Belfast Air Cadets, from left, Cadet Andrew Fitzsimmons, Cadet Corporal Rachel Tuckey, Cadet Corporal Cameron McDonald, Cadet Corporal Nicole Hipson and Cadet Ryan Spence.

Pausing for a moment’s reflection before taking part in the ceremony were Donaghadee Cadets, from left, Marine Cadet Cameron Daid, Petty Officer Cadet Patrick Hamill and Cadet Lance Corporal Andrew Dunn, all from Donaghadee.

On duty with fellow Cadets lining the processional route was Marine Cadet Harry Arnold from Bangor.

Taking a few moments after the formalities to pay his personal respects was Adult Instructor, Petty Officer Eddie Stephenson, who particularly recalled the World War II service of his grandfather, Petty Officer Stoker Hugh McFarland.

Taking a moment to reflect on what lies behind the solemn ceremony are East Belfast Cadets, from left, Cadet Gareth Rodgers, sisters Crystal and Priscilla Yuen and Cadet Corporal Adam McVeigh.

From Training Ship Belfast Eagle, Sea Cadets pause for a moment’s reflection.  Pictured from left are Cadet Emma McQuitty, Ordinary Cadet James Smith and his sister, Cadet Olivia Smith and New Entry, Lauren Mitchell, all from Newtownabbey.

Newtownabbey Air Cadets were also on duty at the solemn city centre event.  Pictured from left are Cadet Cailean McCann, Cadet Corporal Katie Massey, Cadet Ryan McCann, Cadet Corporal Charlene Coles, Cadet Sergeant Tom Hogg and Cadet Jason Orr.

Pausing to pay a personal tribute after the formalities of the day are 16-year-old Cadet Corporal Emily Moore and her brother, 14-year-old Cadet Harry Moore.  Their involvement with the Cadets reflects a family association with the Whitehouse Army Cadet Detachment stretching back for fifty years.

Placing his memorial is Glengormley Cadet, James Holmes, a member of the Boys’ Model School Detachment.

On duty were Air Cadets from North Belfast: pictured from left, Cadet Daniel Adams, Cadet Paul Stewart, Cadet Sergeant David Moore and Cadet Corporal Matthew Ward.

Pausing for a moment’s reflection before the solemn ceremony was Shankill Sea Cadet, Robyn Hammond from Training Ship Belfast Eagle.

Pictured lining the processional route were Shankill Army Cadets:

Cadet Lance Corporal Courtney Quinn


Cadet Rebecca Montgomery


Cadet Megan Hewitt from Ballysillan