The cream of Devon’s Cadet Corps have been selected by Devon’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Eric Dancer, to become young ambassadors for the county.
Each year the county’s top Cadets are recommended to The Lord-Lieutenant and those selected are given the opportunity to accompany him to and assist at various events and occasions, including royal visits and civic ceremonies.
This year six youngsters were selected from 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.
They were chosen for showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective units and also for their work within the local community.
Sir Eric said: “It is always a great pleasure to appoint the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets because they are inspiring young people who have already achieved so much. They are also outstanding role models to the rest of the Cadets and young people in Devon.”
Special certificates and cloth badges were presented to the Cadets at a ceremony, held at the Council House in Plymouth, where certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to dedicated, long-serving members of the Reserve Forces and of the uniformed Cadet organisations.
As well as hosting royal visits, the Lord-Lieutenant acts as the Queen’s representative for the county in making a variety of awards, from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service.
Sir Eric attends Remembrance parades and services as well as awarding the Elizabeth Cross to next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on active service. His new crop of Lord-Lieutenant Cadets will assist him at many of these events.
This year’s Lord-Lieutenant Cadets, chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet Forces are:
• Cadet Warrant Officer Luke John Turton, 18, of Callington, Cornwall, a member of 2312 (Tavistock) Squadron ATC – Luke has attended four major camps with his local ATC Unit at home and abroad, including Ramstein, Germany in 2011. He is also a keen volunteer and supports numerous community fundraising events for groups and charities such as the Royal British Legion.
• Leading Cadet Andrew Macleod, 17, of Barnstaple, Devon, a member of Barnstaple SCC – Andrew is a committed and active Cadet at his SCC Unit and spends his spare time volunteering with the Devon Wildlife Trust. He holds a number of marine-based qualifications under his belt including the 2nd Class Award in seamanship, communications and navigation, together with a 3rd Class in marine engineering.
• Cadet Company Sergeant Major Kimberley Morgan, 18, of Umberleigh, Devon, a member of Devon ACF – Kimberly is a keen and enthusiastic member of Devon ACF and has represented the Unit in athletics both locally and nationally. She has recently completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is hoping to take on the Silver challenge soon.
• Cadet Flight Sergeant Rowanne Small, 17, of Honiton, Devon, a member of 1064 (Honiton) Squadron, ATC Plymouth College Combined Cadet Force – Rowanne is the current Mayor’s Cadet and spends her spare time outside of Cadets volunteering as a ‘young leader’ at her local Guides group. She was also selected for the Sports Leadership Academy, allowing her to coach children of all ages in sports leadership.
• Cadet Coxswain Henry Loxdale, 17, of Brixton, Plymouth, a member of Plymouth College Combined Cadet Force – Henry is a prefect at Plymouth College and has undertaken two community aid trips to the Gambia with the College, in 2009 and 2011, helping to improve living standards in Bissari-Mardi village. He has also completed both his Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and intends to take his Gold next year.
• Cadet Colour Sergeant Sohail Ghani, 17, of Torquay, a member of Devon Trinity School Combined Cadet Force – Sohail is in the Lower Sixth at Devon Trinity School and is hoping to study medicine at university when he has completed his course. He has successfully completed a week-long First Aid course at HMS Bristol and has recently achieved his Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.