Outstanding cadets and members of the region’s armed forces have been honoured by York’s Merchant Adventurers.
The Merchant Adventurers are one of the oldest guilds in the country and each year they present specially engraved tankards to top-performing cadets, reservists and regular service personnel in York and Yorkshire.
“It’s a privilege to be able to pay tribute to these dedicated cadets and members of the armed forces for the contribution they make to their communities,” said David Barstow, Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers.
“The guild is a strong supporter of the region’s cadets and the military and is delighted to be able to express our gratitude for all that they do on our behalf.
“The conduct of these brilliant individuals has gone above and beyond expectations and they are fully deserving of the publication recognition today.”
The Tankard Awards recognises all three services – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force as well as the cadet forces across the region. Chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber, which supports cadets and reservists in the region, Jason Wright, said: “We are delighted that the Company of Merchant Adventurers have again chosen to honour our cadets and members of the region’s reserve forces in this way.
“It recognises the exceptional service that these individuals provide to all three Armed Services, their communities, our region and our nation. We greatly value the relationship that we have with the Merchant Adventures and the continuing support that they offer to the cadets and reserves of Yorkshire.”
This year honours went to:
- Ordinary Cadet Philip Pegram, aged 15, of Heworth York, is with York Sea Cadets and a pupil at the city’s Archbishop Holgate School. His nominating Officer Lieutenant Commander Jacqui Gorman said: “Philip is an outstanding young person and regularly helps out fellow cadets with their training. Liked and respected by his peers he’s a credit to the sea cadets”.
- Corporal Zoe Bevan, aged 15, of Holgate, York, is with York’s B Company, Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadet Force, and a pupil of Milthorpe School. Zoe’s Staff Sergeant Philip Squires, detachment commander said: “Zoe is by far the detachments best ambassador and, at one point, was personally responsible for the recruitment of half of our new cadets!”
- Corporal Sam Bousfield, aged 16, of Clifton, York, is with 110 (City of York) Squadron, Air Training Corps and a pupil of Manor Church of England Academy. Flight Lieutenant Jo Tucker who nominated Sam for this award said: “Sam always puts in maximum effort and sets a high example for other cadets to follow. He is now at the stage where he can teach younger cadets and is an exemplary role model.”
- Corporal Aaron Porter, 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
- Midshipman Kathryn Emm RNR – Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit
- Lieutenant Rebecca Anderson RN, HMS Dragon
- Corporal Jason Seymour, RAF Linton on Ouse
- Senior Aircraftman Jack Wilkes – RAF Linton on Ouse.
- Lance Corporal Bradley Walsh – 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
Pictured left to right are Sam Bousfield, Philip Pegram and Zoe Bevan