Wal­ter’s ded­i­ca­tion to cadet corps is hon­oured

The Oban Times - - News 11 -

A FOR­MER soldier has been awarded a long-ser­vice medal for his ded­i­ca­tion to train­ing cadets in Lochaber.

Flight lieu­tenant Wal­ter Lid­dell, 59, has served as an of­fi­cer in the air train­ing corps for 12 years.

At just 13 years old, Lieu­tenant Lid­dell started out as a cadet with Lochaber Air Cadets 1730. His own ex­pe­ri­ence spurred him on to join­ing the army, where he went on to serve with the Scots Guards and the spe­cial forces. For the past 12 years, Lieu­tenant Lid­dell has nur­tured and trained cadets aged be­tween 13-20.

The mod­est Fort Wil­liam man said: ‘I don’t do very much. I make sure the cadets are up-to- date with their train­ing and help them to get qual­i­fied, but the peo­ple in the of­fices do much more. It is see­ing them when they first join to see­ing them leav­ing with all the life skills that they learn. That is one of the high­lights.’

Now the cadet of­fi­cer is driv­ing a re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion cam­paign for the Lochaber or­gan­i­sa­tion. And in re­cent years, the corps has helped the ca­reer path of two of its mem­bers.

Lieu­tenant Lid­dell said: ‘One of the boys is now in the Royal Air Force and one of the girls is a po­lice of­fi­cer in Fort Wil­liam. She is ac­tu­ally the youngest traf­fic of­fi­cer in the area and an of­fi­cer is go­ing to come in and talk to our cadets to let them see what op­por­tu­ni­ties the skills they learn now can open for them.’

To find out more about the air cadet or­gan­i­sa­tion and to meet cur­rent serv­ing cadets call 01397 703565.

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