South Elmsall Army Cadet Awarded The Emily Parker Memorial Trophy


An army cadet is the latest winner of a trophy dedicated to a former Doncaster cadet who died in a tragic accident.

Emily Parker was on a kayaking holiday with friends in Scotland when she got into difficulty and sadly died, she was 20.

Army cadets played a big part in Emily’s teenage years, where she excelled at rifle shooting. Emily represented Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force in a competition in Canada and was selected twice for the National Cadet Rifle Championships in Bisley.

The Emily Parker Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a cadet who has shown the most commitment and skill at shooting throughout the past year.

This year the winner was Cadet Nathan Strudley aged 14 of South Elmsall detachment.

Emily’s parents, Steve and Diane Parker, presented the trophy at E(THE RIFLES) Company weekend camp at Strensall recently.

Mrs Parker said: “We are delighted to be here today to spend time with the adults and cadets from the Company. Emily loved being an army cadet and this is a wonderful way to continue to celebrate Emily’s life. Congratulations Cadet Nathan Strudley.”

Officer Commanding E(THE RIFLES) Company Major Neil Patton said: “It is important that we remember Emily in this way for all that she contributed to the Company. To be awarded this trophy is the goal of all the cadets in the shooting team. I am delighted for Cadet Nathan Strudley, well done young man.”

Picture shows Nathan Strudley with Emily’s parents.

Article and picture submitted by Serjeant Mary Hood E (THE RIFLES) Company, Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force

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