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 E (THE RIFLES) Company – Yorkshire Army Cadet Force
 Headquarters Army Reserve Centre, George Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4DG Tel: 01924 376533
Officer Commanding: SOT:
Major Neil Patton Captain Rory Romani Captain Darren Brookes SMI Terry Yates
Captain Graham Wood
This year has been a particularly successful one for the Company. In the annual Yorkshire (North & West) Army Cadet Force Nat West Trophy Compe- tition, the Company achieved the award of ‘3rd Best Company in the County’. South Elmsall Detachment achieved the award – ‘3rd Best Detachment in the County’ and Wakefield Detachment received the ‘Honorary Colonel’s Award for the Most Improved Detachment’.
The Company’s engagement with the Duke of Edinburgh Award has significantly increased and has seen almost 40 cadets achieve a Bronze Award during the year.
An incredible achievement this year has seen 33 senior cadets being awarded the nationally recog- nised qualification a CVQO BTEC Level 2 Diploma.
As well as the overseas activities detailed below, five cadets took part in a 10-day overseas training exercise to Gibraltar in April along with cadets from Yorkshire (North & West) ACF. The Company have just received the exciting news that four junior
cadets from Wakefield and Pontefract Detach- ments have been selected to take part in a
summer expedition to Bavaria in August. Here are some more Company highlights:
Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet
In October 2018 Cadet Colour Serjeant Jack Goode (17) from Batley Detachment was appointed the West Yorkshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2018-19. The appointment was in recognition of Jack’s exceptional achievement within the army cadets. CSjt Jack Goode was appointed by Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Major Stan Hardy, at a special ceremony held at Belle Vue Barracks, Bradford on Wednesday 3rd October 2018. During his year of service Jack Goode was promoted to the rank of Cadet Regimental Serjeant Major of Yorkshire
North & West Army Cadet Force.
The Somme - Cadet Armistice 100
In October 2018, 13 cadets and two Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from travelled to the Somme to take part in the Army Cadet Armistice 100 Commemo- rative Visits event.
The cadets visited Poziers Windmill, Lochnagar Crater, Devonshire Cemetery and Fricourt German War Cemetery. The visit culminated with more than 1000 cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volun- teers from all over the UK congregating at Thiepval Memorial for a Service of Remembrance. The event was a memorable and fantastic experience for all concerned.
 E Company Cadets and
2Lt Mick O’Connor in Normandy for the D-Day 75th Anniversary
    Poetry competition winner, Corporal Mohammed Karolia
 Corporal Liam Hunter in Canada
Overseas Activities Canada Exchange
After a gruelling selection process, Cadet Corporal Liam Hunter (17) from Pontefract Detachment achieved a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a six-week long National Exchange Programme with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCAC) during the summer of 2018. Liam, along with 11 other UK army cadets and 180 Royal Canadian Army Cadets formed the Argonaut Exercise which was based in the Canadian Forces’ base at Gagetown, New Brunswick, in one of Canada’s Atlantic Maritime
Provinces. During the exercise Cpl Hunter experienced rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding and camping wild during an 18-day expedition.

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