His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire recognises reservists, cadets, cadet volunteers and military support staff in the county with top honour
His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE, officially appointed the 2023 Lord-Lieutenant Cadets of South Yorkshire and presented Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards to individuals for exceptional commitment to services in the cadet and reserve forces. The ceremony was held last night (Thursday 28 September 2023) at Endcliffe Hall in Sheffield and was hosted by the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Yorkshire and the Humber. The event was attended by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, The Deputy Mayor of Barnsley, The Mayor Of Doncaster and The Civic Mayor of Doncaster.
About the Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award recognises cadets, cadet adult volunteers, reservists and military civilian support staff for their extraordinary efforts and supplements honours bestowed by His Majesty The King in the New Year and Birthday Honours Lists.
Cadets awarded become one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets of their county supporting the Lord-Lieutenant at many ceremonial duties throughout the year. Duties can range from Royal Visits to services such as Remembrance Day. To receive this, cadets must be of the highest standard with excellent bearing, good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with others. Recipients should hold the rank of at least Able Cadet or Cadet Sergeant and should have been a cadet for at least two years. This award is the highest honour a cadet can achieve and offers opportunities unique only to the cadets recognised as Lord-Lieutenant Cadets.
The Lord-Lieutenant Award is also given to adult volunteers of any rank serving in the reserves and cadet forces and specifically recognise exceptional service rather than the length of time served as well as to military-civilian support staff for their work in the forces.
Recognition for service and duty
Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire said:
It is a pleasure to celebrate this year’s individuals receiving the Lord-Lieutenant Award. Their exceptional work and contributions are a true measure of their commitment to public service. The cadets awarded have demonstrated outstanding skills and dedication to their duties, the adult volunteers have selflessly helped deliver our youth programmes and the reservists honoured this evening have made an extraordinary impact on the armed forces.
As Lord-Lieutenant for South Yorkshire, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the award recipients for all their notable achievements to the public and the military community.
South Yorkshire recipients
The following individuals were recognised for their outstanding service:
Sergeant Peter Tipping, 75 Engineer Regiment, 106 Field Squadron Royal Engineers
Corporal Stephen Henderson, 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment, Burma Company, Barnsley
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kirandeep Kundi, Eastern Area Sea Cadets, South Yorkshire
Staff Sergeant Instructor Stephen Brightmore, Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF, Greenhill Detachment
Squadron Leader Barry French, South and West Yorkshire Wing RAF Air Cadets
Cadet Corporal Shania Roche-Dowdall, Sea Cadet, TS Sheffield
Cadet Staff Sergeant Charley Foster-Tomlinson ACF Cadet, Adwick detachment
Cadet Flight Sergeant Joseph Doszczeczko ATC Cadet, South & West Yorkshire Wing, 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron
Cadets stepping into their role
Cadet Corporal Shania Roche-Dowdall says, “Being appointed Lord-Lieutenant Cadet is a huge honour, it opens up so many more opportunities and I can’t wait to get started.”
Cadet Staff Sergeant Charley Foster-Tomlinson says, “To be appointed Lord-Lieutenant cadet is one of the highest honours you can receive within the Army Cadet Force; I definitely consider this one of my biggest achievements.”
Cadet Flight Sergeant Joseph Doszczeczko says, “I feel very honoured to be appointed as Lord-Lieutenant cadet. I hope to be a role model for cadets within South Yorkshire and inspire more young people to join the cadet force.”