Re­tired sol­dier hon­oured for ser­vice to war Vet­er­ans

Jamaica Gleaner - - EARTH DAY - Syranno Baines Gleaner Writer

EIGHTY-THREE-YEAROLD RE­TIRED Ja­maica De­fence Force (JDF) Sergeant Peter Wil­liams was hon­oured dur­ing Tues­day’s sit­ting of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for his ser­vices in aid of the Cur­phey Home in Man­dev­ille, Manch­ester.

The Cur­phey Home was es­tab­lished un­der the di­rec­tion of the Ja­maican Le­gion to nur­ture the needs of war vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially those who have en­tered their se­nior years.

Wil­liams has been at­tend­ing Par­lia­ment since the lat­ter part of 2005 to sell pop­pies and has been do­nat­ing the pro­ceeds to as­sist war vet­er­ans with their ba­sic needs.

Wil­liams had en­listed in the Ja­maican Bat­tal­ion on Oc­to­ber 6, 1952 at 19 years of age. He left the bat­tal­ion af­ter two years of ser­vice to join the Bri­tish Army’s Royal Corps of Sig­nals lo­cated at Up Park Camp. He then de­parted to en­rol in the West In­dian Reg­i­ment (WIR) in 1958 up un­til dis­band­ment in 1962 and the even­tual for­ma­tion of the JDF.

Dur­ing his 16-year ten­ure with the JDF, he held the ranks of sergeant, post­mas­ter, pho­tog­ra­pher and su­per­vi­sor for JDF Ex­change.

On Tues­day, the House was tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended at 2:28 p.m. by Speaker Pear­nel Peter Wil­liams mak­ing his fi­nal poppy ap­peal in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day. Charles to an­nounce Wil­liams’ re­tire­ment and to pay trib­ute to him for his no­ble decade of ser­vice.

Neatly clad in his 63-year-old army at­tire, com­plete with var­i­ous in­signias, Wil­liams beamed with pride.

When asked by The Gleaner to de­scribe his ten­ure, the soft-spo­ken vet­eran said “It was a great plea­sure in­deed to serve”.

SUC­CES­SOR

Wil­liams has hand-picked his suc­ces­sor, Martin Sylvester Spald­ing, a re­tired reg­i­ment sergeant ma­jor who left the JDF in Septem­ber 2014 af­ter 40 years of ser­vice.

When asked about his vi­sion for the movement, Spald­ing said his “vi­sion is to do what he can and what is right while col­lect­ing the pro­ceeds to aid the old sol­diers who can’t as­sist them­selves”.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/ FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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