Ickenham Army Cadets honour Harefield VCs

A dozen army cadets and three adult staff from 198 Douay Martyrs School ACF Detachment (The Life Guards) formed part of the honour guard at Harefield Village Green on 4th November 2014, where the memory of two local WW1 Victoria Cross recipients Robert Edward Ryder VC and Cecil John Kinross VC was honoured.

The cadets were supporting The Mayor of Hillingdon (Cllr Catherine Dann) and Leader of the Council (Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE) in a ceremony to mark the brave action of two local heroes. In bright autumnal sunshine two stone plaques were unveiled by the Mayor of Hillingdon and Leader of the Council. The Village Green was also dedicated permanently to the memory of those who died in WW1.

Douay Martyrs School Army Cadets have chosen as their community service, the task of tending the graves at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard where Robert Ryder VC is buried. The family thanked the cadets for their work.

The ceremony took place in the presence of the recipients’ families, dignitaries and senior military, local people and schoolchildren and the Royal British Legion. Present also was Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC who, on 18 March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross himself for twice saving members of his unit in Iraq. Canadian Armed Forces representatives were also in attendance. Among those laying wreaths were Mr Paul Ryder and Mr Tom Lane (representing the Kinross Family).

The Mayor read the VC citations and after Padre Graham Fieldhouse’s prayer and blessing of the plaques, the Last Post was sounded following the Act of Remembrance.