Published on: 4 May 2017

Our Army Cadet Unit have been keeping busy with a number of support activities in past months, including a recent guard and flag orderly for Dalkeith Primary School’s ANZAC assembly. This was their sixth year of involvement and is now an annual fixture on the unit’s calendar.

Under the command of RSM WAUR, WO1 Bruce Williams, the unit provided flag orderlies and escorts alongside soldiers from the Western Australia University Regiment for the Len Hall Memorial Game between the Fremantle Dockers and North Melbourne on Saturday 22 April at Domain Stadium. The Len Hall Memorial Game honours returned and fallen Australian and New Zealand Defence Force members and commemorated the 75th anniversary of a range of 1942 battles.

Twenty-five of our cadets participated in the 8km Perth Mint Gallipoli Run at Kings Park in April. “All cadets who participated finished and it was outstanding to see some of our better runners go back and help those who were outside of their comfort zone. This teamwork was in the spirit of the event and the boys’ efforts were outstanding. A significant amount of money was raised by the boys for Legacy”, says Co-ordinator of Army Cadets, Duane Nurse who also participated in the run.

Other activities for our Army Cadet Unit in past months:

–  On ANZAC Day, the unit continued its relationship with the 2/28 Battalion Association and provided banners for the march through Perth. Thirty-eight of our cadets participated as part of the wider cadet representation at the event.

– As part of the Old Boys’ Association centenary year, the cadets conducted the opening formalities at a special war memorial unveiling held on 27 April. Commanding Officer of Royal Military College Duntroon and old boy, LTCOL Ben Passmore CSC, was the principle guest. Thirty-five poppies were placed at the base of the memorial, representing the 35 old boys who have died in service and LTCOL Passmore’s address focused on their stories. This was a solemn occasion that was well supported by the unit with a catafalque party.

Captain Nurse says “The cadets have been exemplary over this period. I have lost count of the members of public who have approached cadet staff to congratulate our unit on their conduct. The challenge now is to maintain the standard set throughout the rest of the year.”

Our Army Cadet Unit now eagerly anticipate the Term 2 field exercise where they get to focus on orders, tactical movement, reconnaissance tasks and field training.