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Ilminster cadet wins Denis Lucy Prize
7:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
LANCE Corporal Ben Adams, of the Ilminster platoon of the Army Cadet Force, was the second recipient of the Denis Lucy Prize last week.
The award was presented in memory of Denis Lucy, who died in 2010 and had been an officer in the Royal Ulster Rifles.
He moved to Ilminster a number of years ago, and was a keen supporter of the Ilminster Royal British Legion branch and the Army Cadet Force.
His son, William, who was an officer with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars in the 1980s, has a good understanding of soldiers and the need to supplement their personal kit with items they need to buy for themselves.
The aim of the Denis Lucy Prize is to present cash annually so a member of the Ilminster ACF can buy items of kit they would otherwise have to fund themselves.
C/Sgt Dan Inggs, platoon commander, said: “The prize is judged by the platoon’s instructors over the course of a year.
“The judging criteria span many categories within the Army Cadet Force remit, and some of the categories include attendance, Army Proficiency Certificate subject passes and additional subjects, such as sports and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
“We also look at individual attitudes and enthusiasm towards their cadet career.”
C/Sgt Inggs announced the winners at the Ilminster ACF HQ in Shudrick Lane with L/Cpl Adams winning the top prize of best cadet and £70, and L/Cpl Georgia Weston receiving an award of £30 in vouchers for the cadet making the best effort.
L/Cpl Ben Adams will also receive a certificate which can be used to put in his record of achievement to demonstrate that he will be a credible asset to future employers or colleges he may apply to.
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