South West Reservist and Cadet News - November 2017
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Devon's Lord-Lieutenant honours Royal Signals specialist for dedicated service to the Army Reserve

Nick Parkyn’s Army career began as a young Royal Signals soldier serving in the Falklands campaign 35 years ago.

Now 56 and living in Plymouth, he is still going strong – as he proved when awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon’s

Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding contribution to the Reserves.

Nick’s full-time Army career ended in 1991 but he was not out of uniform for very long.

Just six months elapsed before he joined the Territorial Army (now Army Reserve) and began service in 81 Signal Squadron, which provides fixed telecom expertise to the Ministry of Defence at a variety of worldwide locations. “I missed the camaraderie and banter of Army life,” he explains.

As a BT telephone engineer – he’s now an assistant manager for BT Openreach – the new role suited him perfectly.  Read more.

6 RIFLES Army Reserve soldiers complete two week Annual Deployment Exercise on Dartmoor - video

Army Reserve soldiers from 6 RIFLES have recently completed their two week Annual Deployment Exercise on Dartmoor.

Reservist Stuart adds Army combat boat handling to his Dartmoor waterway skills

Stuart Ross admits he has a ‘dream job’ as a leatsman looking after 200-year-old Dartmoor waterways that power a small hydro-electric plant.

But weekends are just as fulfilling for the 39-year-old from Princetown who has

been learning to handle a powerful Combat Support Boat as an Army Reservist with 165 Port & Maritime Regiment in Plymouth.

Stuart, a 39-year-old Lance-Corporal has been a Reservist since 2002, when he joined 168th Pioneer Regiment, and he was mobilised for Op Telic in Iraq the following year.

After the Pioneers were disbanded, Stuart transferred to 165 Port & Maritime which was in the process of being re-roled from a transport regiment.  Read more.

Bristol cadet volunteer winds Army photographic competition online favourite

Paul Clark (52) from Henbury in Bristol has won the Online category in this year’s prestigious British Army Photographic Competition.

The British Army Photographic Competition has been running for more than 20 years and one of this year’s categories was to allow members of the public to vote for their favourite image via the Army‘s social media platforms.

Paul or ‘Nobby’ a civilian driver is also an Army Cadet Force (ACF) Volunteer Instructor based at the Stoke Gifford Detachment in Bristol. A former soldier with the Royal Artillery, he hails from Manchester but has lived in Bristol for more than 30 years.  Read more.

Bath Army Cadets leader honoured with Lord-Lieutenant's award

A Bath man’s dedicated service to the Army Cadet Force has been recognised with the award of the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.

Warrant Officer Philip Coward owes his ACF introduction to encouragement from daughters Stacie and Samatha, who at the time were cadets in the Paulton platoon.

Very rapidly, he rose through the ranks to a point where he is now Sergeant Major of the Normandy Company, comprising eight platoons, as well as commanding the Paulton unit.

Read more.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3,700 tri-service Reservists and 15,000 Cadets across the South West.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services.  To find out more click here.


Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve.
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