A presentation took place at the Thongsbridge Army Cadet Unit on Thursday 4th April 2013.
After reading a report in the Huddersfield Examiner, Dr Jan Telensky, a generous supporter of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, replaced items of IT equipment stolen from the unit at the beginning of March.
Unfortunately, Dr Telensky was involved in a long traffic jam on his journey from Luton to Huddersfield and was unable to attend the presentation. His colleague Terry Butterworth made a short speech on his behalf and handed over the IT equipment to Mr Mick Wroe who presented the equipment to the Cadets in memory of his son Tom.
Mick Wroe handing over the donated IT equipment to Major Marren
Left to Right:- Lt Richard Keaveney – SMI Andrew Speight, Major Terry Butterworth (Rtd), Major Marren, Claire Wroe, Mick Wroe
C/Sgt Maurice Crossley, C/Sgt Dan Heneghan, SgtMajor Dave Nettleton, Lt Col Mike Wootton
Tom, a former Cadet from this Unit, was shot and fatally wounded by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman at Checkpoint Tora in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, on 15 September 2012. Mr Wroe, a former Sergeant in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, was accompanied by his wife Claire and daughter Demi, who has now joined Thongsbridge Cadet Unit.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the end of the month was an opportunity for the ROG to show their gratitude to the Sovereign and to be presented their medals by Dr Jan Telensky, a friend of the Battalion.
Dr Telensky was given a tour of camp and soldiers of the ROG provided him with equipment demonstrations and briefings.
On parade the ROG were presented with their medals in front of their families and friends. In his speech Dr Telensky expressed his gratitude at being invited, his support for the Battalion and a few experiences of his own.
Exceptional drill and unusually fair weather provided a good spectacle for the crowd and the parade was followed by a family’s event and a chance to celebrate the day.
Reproduced with the kind permission of AKHBAR the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment