The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, has chosen the five Cadets who will accompany her in 2014 on royal visits and other official engagements.
They were hand-picked from each of the uniformed Cadet organisations – the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) – and also from the Combined Cadet Forces run by schools, after showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective units.
Certificates and badges were presented during a ceremony held at Devizes Town Hall, where Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to long-serving, dedicated members of the Reserves and the Cadet forces.
As well as hosting royal visits, the Lord-Lieutenant acts as the Queen’s representative in making a variety of awards, from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service and industrial and export performance.
She attends Remembrance parades and services as well as awarding the Elizabeth Cross to next of kin of armed forces personnel killed on active service. From next August her diary will be even fuller, with the start of Great War commemoration events.
Congratulating the Cadets on their appointment, Mrs Troughton said: “Your friends will be envious. This marks you out as rather special. You are a most impressive, capable, devoted lot – as are the people who train you.”
The Cadets, chosen on their merits within the cadet force and also for their dedication and work within the local community, are:
• Leading Cadet Louis Patterson, Salisbury Sea Cadet Corps. He is a qualified Cadet Instructor who plays a full part in all unit activity, including charity events for Salisbury Hospice. A keen rower, he studies at Southampton City College.
• Cadet Company Serjeant Major Tom Cliffe, Old Sarum Detachment, Army Cadet Force, who is now a four-star cadet with responsibilities for instructing younger members. He is a pupil at Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury.
• Cadet Sergeant Owen Evans, Netheravon detachment of Wiltshire ACF and now Bulford detachment. A keen sportsman and member of the Wiltshire team that won the Regional Rifles Cup, he attends Stonehenge School and aims to study medicine.
• Cadet Corporal Thomas Clayton, of 633 Squadron Air Training Corps, Swindon, who has qualified as an Instructor Cadet as well as completing a solo gliding scholarship. Attends New College, Swindon, and has an ambition to join the RAF.
• Cadet Corporal Luke Cordas, also of 633 Squadron Air Training Corps, Swindon, who attends Bradon Forest School, Purton. He is a qualified Master Air Cadet and is actively involved in sporting and fund-raising events.