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The Chatham Royal Marine Cadet unit will lead a memorial service tomorrow for 24 youngsters killed in one of Britain’s worst road accidents.

Chatham cadets will lead a memorial service to 24 youngsters killed in one of Britain’s worst road accidents.

In December of 1951 the Chatham Royal Marine Cadet unit suffered a horrendous tragedy in Dock Road, Chatham, when two dozen young cadets were hit by a bus while marching in column to the dockyard.

Gillingham Cemetery, Woodlands Road. 2012 Memorial Service to remeber Cadets who were killed by a bus in 1951. Survivor, Nigel Cook (72)
Gillingham Cemetery, Woodlands Road. 2012 Memorial Service to remeber Cadets who were killed by a bus in 1951. Survivor, Nigel Cook (72)

Maureen Crombie the unit's secretary, said: "It was an awful tragedy for the cadets, their families and friends, the unit itself and indeed, the bus driver. It was a terrible accident on a dark and foggy night."

Each year, the present cadets hold a short commemorative service at Woodlands Cemetery in Woodlands Road, Gillingham, to remember their predecessors.

Gillingham Cemetery, Woodlands Road. 2012 Memorial Service to remeber Cadets who were killed by a bus in 1951. Mayor Vaughan Hewett by the graves
Gillingham Cemetery, Woodlands Road. 2012 Memorial Service to remeber Cadets who were killed by a bus in 1951. Mayor Vaughan Hewett by the graves

This year, the service is being held tomorrow, Sunday December 7,at 11am. 

The cadets were part of a 52-strong group marching along Dock Road to a boxing tournament on December 4 when they were hit by the double-decker.

The public is invited to attend the memorial.


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