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Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets

Cadets chosen for their remarkable dedication

The Shropshire Lieutenancy is dedicated to recognising and rewarding ambition and achievements, qualities which are of particular importance in younger generations.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet nominations reward remarkable dedication in young people who have shown outstanding commitment and achievements in their cadet training.

A representative is chosen from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force to accompany the Lord-Lieutenant on civic and military visits.

Cadets Appointed for the year 2023-2024

ACF – Cadet SSgt Cameron King
RAF AC – Cadet WO Sofie Holland

ACF – Cadet SSgt Cameron King

Cameron is currently studying a level three public uniformed services diploma at Telford College, and is described as a ‘well motivated student’ who is aiming for a career as a Royal Marines commando. Alongside his Telford College studies, he attends the Wellington ACF detachment twice a week, and also has a part-time job supporting a local farmer. Major Joe Coleman, chief executive of the Shropshire Army Cadet Force, said Cameron had ‘excelled at everything he has done’ while representing the ACF at local, regional, and national sports. He is also well on his way to achieving Master Cadet, which is the highest level within the Army Cadet syllabus. Major Coleman said: “During the Covid pandemic he demonstrated his commitment to the ACF by voluntarily attending all of the training sessions that his staff presented via video link. “This proved beneficial to both him and Shropshire ACF in that he is one of the few senior cadets qualified to deliver training to cadets at company and county level, as well as within his detachment. “His energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and he is often seen putting others before himself. He has supported many of his juniors, encouraging them to do their best. In particular, he helps those who are struggling without hesitation.  “Cadet Staff Sergeant King is an excellent ambassador for the Army Cadet Force; he is a smart young man who attends local fayres and other events during which he has showcased the ACF, often explaining to members of the public the benefits of this voluntary youth organisation. “He has never missed a remembrance parade or poppy selling weekend and is keen to uphold the sacrifices that his forbears have endured to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.” Major Coleman said Cameron has also consistently impressed staff with his ‘selfless commitment and willingness to get involved’. “An example of this is that in 2021 he was one of two cadets who, whilst on their way to Nesscliff Training Camp, stopped to assist the emergency services deal with a major road accident – for which he was commended.” Craig Stockman, Telford College public uniformed services tutor, said: “Cameron enjoys the physical aspect of the course and plans to apply to join the Royal Marines in September. “As a college we are incredibly proud that he has been appointed as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet. We know he will undertake his duties in a highly professional manner.

RAF AC – Cadet WO Sofie Holland

Sofie is an outstanding role model and fantastic youth ambassador, showing unwavering dedication to 83 (St George’s) Squadron Air Training Corps whilst pushing herself outside her comfort zone and encouraging cadets to do the same. 

Sofie has recently had an extremely well deserved promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer as well as previously being nominated for the High Sheriff of Shropshire’s Young Citizens Award. During her time at cadets, Sofie has also completed the Road Marching Team Leader course, Method of Instruction and Gold First Aid Instructor course. Sofie teaches, assesses, encourages and leads cadets in all sorts of skills and hobbies to ensure they also get as much out of the organisation as possible. 

Sofie is incredibly proud to be appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet for Shropshire and is excited to face whatever challenges she may face.”