HUDDERSFIELD army cadet Kane Walton-Bell is back from a moving visit to the Menin Gate war memorial at Ypres.
He joined other cadets from Yorkshire to lay a wreath in honour of war dead from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.
As part of their visit, each cadet was asked to research a soldier from the regiment and their local area who had died during the First World War.
Once at Menin Gate they had to find the soldier's name on the memorial wall.
Kane, 15, said: "It was an amazing experience. When you see all the graves and the thousands of names on the walls, it really hits you how many people lost their lives.
"You learn about the war at school but nothing prepares you for the reality when you walk past row upon row of graves."
The cadets also visited the area of the Christmas truce of 1914 when troops from both sides fraternised in no-man's-land.
Cpt Steve Marren, who organised the trip, said: "Cadets touched base with the reality of what happened to the thousands of people who died for their country.
"They have taken a name to research and finding the name on the wall helps them relate better to what happened."