Adam Paylor, a 32-year-old Army Reserve soldier from Salisbury, enjoyed a very special double family celebration when he completed the first phase of basic training at Pirbright Barracks, Surrey.
The Paylor family boast a phenomenal record of unbroken Army service because, by recently joining Salisbury-based B Squadron, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, Adam ensured the continuation of a proud heritage that goes back more than 150 years to his great-great-grandfather George.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, Adam dreamt as a youngster of a career in the Regulars.
The advice he always received from James was to keep his career options open, which explains why for the past seven years he has worked for the BBC as an outside broadcast technician, working on the Breakfast Show from Reading.
George Frost, great-great-grandfather, enlisted 1856 in the 7th (The Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards, serving 21 years around the world, including action during the Indian mutiny and receiving the Lucknow clasp in relation to the famous Defence of Lucknow, 1857.
Quartermaster and Lieutenant George Frederick Frost, great-grandfather, served from 1887-1919 in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, then the East Lancashire Regiment.
Took part in Relief of Ladysmith during the Boer War; discharged in 1914 but re-enlisted for service in the First World War – and complained in his memoirs of being rejected as too old for further service in World War Two! The family own his Distinguished Conduct Medal and an engraved pocket watch awarded in 1899 for gallantry in saving a soldier from drowning.
Sergeant Vincent Thomas Paylor, grandfather, service in India and Burma during the Second World War with the 2nd battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.
Adam’s father, Major James Paylor, served all over the world with the Royal Artillery, which he joined as a boy soldier at 16. Awarded the MBE. Long association with the RA gunnery training team as an instructor.
In addition, grandmother Iris Frost was in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during the Second World War, with duties that included issuing ammunition for D-Day. After the War, she served in Egypt with the Women’s Royal Army Corps. James’s brother – Adam’s Uncle Bernie Paylor – was also a Royal Artillery serviceman.
James, who lives in Suffolk, was able to attend his son’s passing-out parade at Pirbright. Adam, whose home is in Basingstoke, aims to complete the second stage of basic training in the near future.
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