Fitting tribute to former Army Cadet Instructor Paul


Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force paid tribute to former adult instructor Paul Sykes who died earlier this year, by naming a trophy in his honour. 

During a presentation evening held at E Company Headquarters in Wakefield, Paul’s wife Mandy formally presented the Paul Sykes Duke of Edinburgh Award Endeavour Trophy to Fitzwilliam Detachment for outstanding achievements in 2017.

The Detachment Commander for Fitzwilliam during this period was Colour Serjeant Sarah McPherson and she proudly accepted the trophy from Mandy, as well as Paul’s son and daughter, Elliott and Becki.

Paul, who was from Pontefract, was an adult instructor and a Detachment Commander, serving in many detachments within E (The Rifles) Company.

He served for many years and held a number of roles within the Company but his passion was the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As an assessor, he turned out to all company expeditions in all weathers to help young cadets. He was a mentor to many young cadets and adult instructors.

Officer Commanding E (the Rifles) Company Major Neil Patton said: “Paul Sykes really did fulfil the army cadet motto ‘Inspire to Achieve’ and he is sadly missed.”

Pictured: Sarah McPherson (centre) accepts the Paul Sykes Duke of Edinburgh Endeavour Trophy from Paul Sykes’ wife Mandy and son and daughter Elliott and Becki

Submitted by Sgt Mary Hood, Yorkshire N&W ACF

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