Joseph shows he’s officer material

Joseph Thornhill with David Moody, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, after winning a top award.
Joseph Thornhill with David Moody, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, after winning a top award.
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A TALENTED sea cadet has been awarded a prestigious honour.

Joseph Thornhill, aged 15, is now the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for South Yorkshire – an achievement recognised as the highest honour in the Cadets – in recognition of his outstanding service in the Sea Cadet Corps.

The Arbourthorne schoolboy has shown commitment and dedication since joining the corps at the age of 11.

He mentors younger members, shares his knowledge and skills and is ‘always willing to give as much as he can’.

Joseph has risen rapidly through the ranks and is already at a level to become petty officer, but must be 16 before he can apply.

Joseph, who attends Newfield Secondary School, said: “I’m very honoured and privileged to receive this award.

“I only joined the cadets because two of my friends were there and it seemed like a good way to spend two nights of the week. Since then I’ve never looked back and have enjoyed every moment and all the opportunities it brings.”

Joseph was one of only 12 cadets awarded the certificate in the region at a special ceremony.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, deputy chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This is a prestigious award that recognises cadets who have performed above expectations.

“I’m delighted for Joseph, who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”

Colonel Bleasdale also appealed for more adult volunteers to support the region’s 5,400 cadets.

n Visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk for more details.