Medals and recognition for Maghull Squadron Air Cadets

Five members of staff at 2348 (Maghull) Squadron Air Cadets have been recognized for their hard work within the organization recently and have been awarded medals.

Flt Lt Taylor, Flt Lt Mulally, Fg Off Cave, Fg Off Tomlinson and AWO Manning were all presented with their service medals on the units annual presentation evening held at The Maghull British Legion on May 12.

After 12 years of service, Flt Lt Jaqueline Mullaly was awarded her Cadet Forces Medal whilst Fg Off Simon Cave and AWO Nick Manning were awarded their first clasp for a further six years service.

Finally, Fg Off James Tomlinson and Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Ian Taylor were awarded their second clasp, in recognition of a further 12 years service, a total of 24 years service each.

Katie Dabrowski Thomas from the HQ 2348 (Maghull) Squadron said: “It is very rare that a squadron is awarded one medal, let alone five, and it really shows the commitment of our staff and their passion for our service.

“Maghull Squadron has been one of the best units on Merseyside wing for many years and with these presentations, it isn’t hard to see why.”

Maghull Squadron parade on a Monday and Friday from 7pm until 10pm. To request an Information Pack or to register for the Recruitment Evening call 0151 520 2348 during the mentioned opening hours, email 2348@aircadets.org or find them on Facebook as 2348 (Maghull) Sqn.

Sefton Veterans Project helps Seaforth hero receive his father’s lost medals

A WAR hero from Seaforth has been formally presented with the medals of his father who served in the First World War.

Henry Edward Whetnall, 89, was joined by other veterans at the Bowersdale Centre where they were given medals in a touching ceremony attended by the Mayor of Sefton and MP Peter Dowd.

Henry, who served for his country during the 1939-45 period in a bomb disposal team in Palestine, has social media to thank for helping to reunite him with his father’s medals.

The Champion reported in February 2015 how the ex-serviceman was given his own medals which he had lost after getting help from Sefton Veteran’s Project.

The group then shared the story on social media and Henry’s distant cousin, Rita, who lives in America, spotted it while researching her own family tree and decided to get in touch.

She helped Henry locate his father’s medals and a presentation was held on Wednesday, March 2.

David Smith of Expect Ltd and Project Manager of the Sefton Veterans Project, said: “It was an incredible story last year. When Henry told us about his missing medals, we worked hard to track them down from the Ministry of Defence, and it was a very moving presentation.

“As soon as Rita got in touch, we knew we had to present Henry with his father’s original medals to give the honour and respect both men deserved.”

Sefton Veterans Project is delivered by the charity Expect Ltd, a charity providing services to people living with learning disability and mental health problems.

The project’s primary focus is the mental wellbeing of ex-service personnel and their families, and part of its work is to track down and reunite veterans with their missing medals.

Two other local veterans, Tess Cameron and Colin Johnson, joined Henry last week as they also received lost medals.

Tess, who served in the Royal Navy from 1943-46, was reunited with her Second World War General Service Medal and Colin, who served in the Royal Green Jackets, received the Long Service and Good Conduct medal, awarded after 18 years of service.

David added: “Reuniting veterans with lost medals is just one aspect of our work.

“We believe it’s incredibly important to formally acknowledge these military honours.

“It’s bringing back pride, recognising those who risked their lives, and not forgetting theirs and their fallen comrades’ sacrifices.”

The medals were presented by Commodore Gary Doyle, a senior Royal Navy officer and the new regional commander for Northern England and the Isle of Man.