When 38-year-old Staff Sergeant Instructor John Phillips, a duty manager who works for Morrisons, took command of the unit four years ago there were just six cadets.
Now, there are 35, who enjoy many different activities ranging from battlefield tours in France and a trip to Alton Towers to kayaking and an annual detachment dinner in formal dress.
As a youngster, John, who received his award during ceremonies at the Great Hall, Truro, was himself a cadet in Bodmin, where he still lives. He was persuaded to return as an instructor when two of his children – Joshua, now aged 18, and 16-year-old Shannon – joined the Liskeard detachment.
Younger daughter Sophie, aged 11, is determined to be the next family member on parade in the near future.
John is now moving on from the Liskeard unit to begin another revival initiative at the Lostwithiel detachment. It’s a challenge he will relish – “especially as just two cadets attended on the first night!”
Also awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service during ceremonies at the Great Hall, Truro, were:
- Lieutenant Tony Feeney, of St Austell, commander of the Cornwall Army Cadet Force bugle detachment.
- Lt-Colonel John Hilton, of Bodmin, committee member and former treasurer of 2533 (Bodmin), Squadron, Air Training Corps.
- Mrs Kim Medland, of Camborne, Adjutant of 77 (Redruth) Squadron, Air Training Corps.
- Captain Philip Pentecost, of Truro, adult instructor and outdoors activities specialist with Cornwall Army Cadet Force.
- Squadron Leader Susan Reed, of Newquay, Wing Sports Officer and formerly West Cornwall sector commander of Plymouth and Cornwall Wing, Air Training Corps.