A 43-year-old rugby-playing Army Reservist from Wareham has been honoured with the award of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.
The presentation to Warrant Officer Andrew Kershaw by the Lord-Lieutenant, Angus Campbell, took place during ceremonies at West Dorset District Council offices, Dorchester.
Andrew, whose civilian job is site manager of Bovington Primary School, joined A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron, at Bovington Camp in 2011 after a successful 22-year Regular Army career with the Light Dragoons.
He won rapid promotion to Warrant Officer and took over as Squadron Sergeant Major.
Andrew played for the Army’s Rugby Union and Rugby League teams and still turns out for Army veterans’ sides. He has also raised funds for many charities, including The Royal British Legion, and ran the London Marathon for the Squadron Association.
The ceremonies included the appointment of young people as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the coming year, a role which includes attendance at a number of official engagements.
They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The line-up included:
– Aaron Dickinson, aged 16, of Bournemouth, Leading Cadet, Bournemouth Sea Cadet Unit.
– Rebekah Leese, aged 17, of Dorchester, Cadet Sergeant Major, Dorset Army Cadet Force.
– Harriet Mulcahy, aged 18, of Bournemouth, Cadet Flight Sergeant, 130 (Bournemouth) Squadron, Air Training Corps.
– Ryan Parker, aged 17, Cadet Sergeant, Milton Abbey School Combined Cadet Force.