The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE held his annual awards presentation at his family home on 28th September 2015. Twenty four members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air – were presented with medals and certificates in recognition of their dedicated service throughout the County. In addition, he has appointed seven Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2015/2016 who will accompany him on County engagements for the next twelve months.
The event was attended by Brigadier Andrew Hughes MBE, Commander II Infantry Brigade, based in Aldershot, with dignitaries from across Kent present to witness the ceremony, which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues of those receiving awards. Congratulating all the award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant said, “There have been many exceptional events that have taken place in this hall and it is my pleasure on behalf of Her Majesty and the County to congratulate all those who have received an award this evening”.
Lord-Lieutenant Certificates for Meritorious Services were presented to members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from within the Army Cadet Force (ACF), Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and Air Training Corps (ATC). Cadet Forces’ Clasps were awarded for long and meritorious service to one member of the SCC and one member of the ACF.
The Best Reservist of the Year Award
Sponsored by Shepherd Neame, this award was presented to Private Scott Clark, 28, who serves with C (Royal West Kent) Company, 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, based in Chatham. The award was presented by Johnathan Neame DL, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame.
Recipients of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Certificate are –
♦Lieutenant Duncan Wood – 579 Field Squadron (EOD); ♦Staff Sergeant Christopher Harman – 133 Field Company REME; ♦Staff Sergeant Isabel Sage – 133 Field Company REME; ♦Commander Antony Rawlins (Retd) RNR – Dover and Deal SCC; ♦Chaplain Grahame Whittlesea RNR – Canterbury SCC;♦Chief Petty Officer (SCC) Leisse Gambell – Sheppey SCC; ♦Second Lieutenant Keith Fuller – D Company Kent ACF; ♦Company Sergeant Major Alan Buckle – A Company Kent ACF; ♦Sergeant Major Instructor Daniel Westall – D Company Kent ACF; ♦Wing Commander Russell Goodayle RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC; ♦Flight Lieutenant Nigel Taylor RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC; ♦Flight Lieutenant (Retd) Paul Collins RAF VR (T) – Kent Wing ATC;
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets 2015/2016