Two East Yorkshire teenagers have been recognised by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for their outstanding service to the Cadet Forces, having been appointed the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets of East Yorkshire – the highest honour that can be achieved by a Cadet in any of the forces.
Ben Woollin (18) of Hornsea is a Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) with Central and East Yorkshire Wing Air Training Corps (ATC), and Harry Dyson of Hessle is a Cadet Sergeant with Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force (ACF); they were appointed by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Yorkshire, The Hon. Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, at a special ceremony held at the Cadet Training Centre in Driffield in front of family, friends and local dignitaries.
CWO Woollin is a member of 298 (Hornsea) Squadron. He was nominated by Wing Commander Steve Wiggins, who describes Ben as ‘an exceptional young man who seizes any and all opportunities available to him in order to have a profound impact on himself, his peers, community and the RAF Air Cadets alike. He has a huge level of pride in his duties and responsibilities, pursuing them with his exemplary demeanour, conduct, and attitude that is displayed in all his endeavours.’
Ben, who attends Wyke Sixth Form College in Hull, has enjoyed many achievements during his time with his Squadron. He joined the ATC in February 2014 and participated in various different courses including St Johns Activity First Aid, and participated in events such as the 102nd Nijmegen marches in July 2018, which saw him march 100 miles over four days and he helped lead the squadron to victory at the annual wing competition day. Ben has also been heavily involved with the Air Cadet National Marching Band, which included completing the gruelling 50-mile Cosford RAF Walking and Road Marching (WARMA) event – something he never thought he would finish. He passed Cadet Warrant Officer interview board in June 2018, reaching the highest rank available to a cadet.
He said: “Originally, I joined the ATC in February 2014 after being reluctantly dragged down to the Squadron by my two best friends, and I truly haven’t looked back since that day, dedicating my Monday and Wednesday nights to the Squadron and truly having the time of my life within the Corps.
“The appointment as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for East Yorkshire is a source of great pride for me, and represents the pinnacle of my cadet career; this humbling award could not be possible without the hard work of the Staff at my Squadron and within the Wing, who have helped push my limits, and my friends and family who have supported me all the way.”
Harry (16) joined the Army Cadet Force (ACF) in 2014 and is currently a member of B Company, Wolfreton Detachment. He attends South Hunsley School in Melton near Hull.
He was nominated by Commandant of Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF, Col. Robin Fox, who said: “Cadet Sergeant Dyson works tirelessly within the detachment to promote the ACF syllabus and enthuse other cadets in their personal progression. Not content with this alone, Cdt Sgt Dyson continues to progress through his Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) subjects and has taken part in a wide range of activities, specialising in military topics. All of this accomplished whilst enjoying his other passion for horse riding.
“Cadet Sgt Dyson continues to be a positive role model for the junior cadets and spends much of his time ensuring that younger members of the Detachment feel supported. In addition to this he is the focal point for the education of new recruits, ensuring they feel welcome within the ACF”
Cadet Sergeant Dyson said: “I joined through my interest in the Army and War games. I feel honoured and it provides me with a unique opportunity for the future.”
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Yorkshire and The Humber, which runs the awards, said: “The Cadet Forces provide young people with opportunities that may otherwise be closed to them and they can also take advantage of additional qualifications and training. In particular, these young people have risen to the challenges they have faced and shown what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and passion. They have very bright futures ahead of them.
“We are enormously privileged to celebrate this achievement with them and we look forward to supporting them over the next year as they perform their duties for the Lord-Lieutenant.”
Lieutenant Colonel Bleasdale also appealed for more adult volunteers to support the region’s 8,500 cadets: “The cadet movement’s popularity means we need more adult instructors to lead the cadets and deliver the quality of experiences, adventure and community projects which our cadets enjoy. We would love to hear from people who are willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an adult volunteer – no military experience is needed, just a desire to work with young people.”
Ben and Harry were among only 11 cadets selected from a total of 8,500 across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region to be awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate.