On Saturday 23rd March 2019, Army Cadets from St Austell and St Blazey Detachments together went to the St Austell and Charlestown Cemeteries to clean the war graves and memorials residing there.
They carefully cleaned over 20 war graves of local soldiers and some from further afield.
The cleaning was carried out in conjuction with the War Graves Commission and local authorities and organised by Serjeant Instructor Jared Osborne of the Cornwall Army Cadets.
Serjeant Osborne commented; “the Cadets were surprised how many local graves that were there and how many were in the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry. One thing the Cadet’s didn’t realise was that war graves can be personal memorials rather than just the standard war grave headstones.”
The graves cleaned by the cadets included Lance Corporal Thomas (died December 1916) of the Cornwall Light Infantry and Private Underhill (died May 1916) of the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry both of which regiments eventually became the Rifles, which Cornwall Army Cadets are affiliated with.
Of special interest are the graves of Warrant Officer Hashmat Ali of the Indian Army Medical Corps and Muhammad Gul and Ghulam Nabi of the Royal Indian Service Corps, who all died in November 1940.