On 8th November – Remembrance Sunday – members of Barry Comprehensive School’s Duke of Edinburgh group participated in a memorial walk in the Brecon Beacons along with Mr Gamble, Mr Hutton, Miss Rowe and Mrs Davies.
The walking conditions were challenging but the boys persevered, showing great determination to reach the Wellington Bomber R1465 crash site and memorial cairn. The group had the opportunity to explore the site before hearing a brief history of the events of 6th July 1942. They learnt that the Wellington Bomber crashed whilst on a cross-country training exercise due to heavy cloud. The pilot had descended in order to pinpoint their position but hit the top of the mountain. The crew of five Canadians were killed in the crash. The memorial cairn was constructed in 1980 and is a recognised Canadian War Memorial.
The group placed poppies around the wreckage and as part of the service at the memorial cairn, further showed their respects by observing a two minute silence. All of the boys were excellent representatives of Barry Comprehensive School and we are looking forward to making this an annual activity for future Duke of Edinburgh groups.