A TERRITORIAL Army soldier has been honoured for 18 years’ service to the cadets.
Peter Davies, 64, who has been in the Territorial Army for about 42 years and has the rank of sergeant major, was presented with the Cadet Force Medal and Bar for his services to the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Forces Wales Association (ACFA Wales).
The medal was presented to Mr Davies, who comes from Connah’s Quay, by Lord Barry Jones of Deeside after a request from Colonel Commandant A. V. Jones of the Clwyd and Gwynedd ACFA Wales branch.
Mr Davies, who previously had the rank of regimental sergeant major, said: “It was a great honour to receive this award.
“I have been with the cadets for 18 years and it offers a great service to people.”
Lord Jones, who presented the award at the annual cadet camp at Oakhampton Battle Camp in Dartmoor, said: “It was a great honour and a humbling moment to be able to give the award to Mr Davies.
“He has given his life to the Territorial Army and to the Army Cadet movement.
“He has served with great distinction showing loyalty and immense ability.”
Mr Davies, who used to work at Shotton Steel, has already been awarded the gold and diamond jubilee medals and the territorial medal.
He is also the assistant treasurer of the Royal Welch Comrades Association.
Lord Jones added: “He is a longstanding friend of more than 50 years so to be able to give this award was an immense honour.
“He has had a great army career. I was so proud of a fine Deeside man who has served the army brilliantly.”
Mr Davies said his time with the Territorial Army had given him the opportunity to learn a range of skills, including taking part in a range of driving instructor courses and rifle training courses.
Since Joining the AFCA Wales, Mr Davies has worked with young people in the area, teaching them skills in many different areas.
He said: “The cadets do all sorts of sports including football, hockey, swimming, and some of them go on to represent Wales in different competitions.
“They also get to do all sorts of other activities - like at [Oakhampton] battle camp they will do adventure training which includes quadbiking, rock climbing canoeing and mountain biking.
“When I first came into the ACFA Wales I was in Wrexham and there was a young lad there. We pestered him to stay. He stayed the course and came to us a few years after and he said if he hadn’t have stayed he might have been in jail.”
Mr Davies will be joined by Lord Jones at the Royal Welch Comrades’ First World War Memorial Service at Connah’s Quay on August 17.