The Sqn were honored to be invited to an intimate memorial service and the unveiling of a memorial to Sgt John Silvester. The service was also attended by some of his family members who were presented with his Flying Goggles as a keepsake. These would no doubt hold much sentimental value to the family. Sgt John Tristram Silvester was just 22 when he took off for a training flight on 14th February 1941. Official logs from RAF Grangemouth's 58 Operational Training Unit (58 OTU) recorded that "the aircraft was seen to dive into the ground from a low height while circling in misty weather. The accident occurred at 1050hrs". The young pilot from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire had joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve just nine months before.
The Sqn standing with the twisted propellor of the spitfire that Sgt Silvester flew. The small tree to the left of the group was planted in memory of Sgt Silvester also.
The Sqn took part in the annual Falkirk & Grangemouth Armed Forces Day parade on Saturday 16th August. The parade is slightly later than most Armed Forces Day parades in the country to coincide with the anniversary of the signing of the Community Covenant. The parade starts from the Royal British Legion Scotland Grangemouth branch, for this year with the commemoration of 100 years since the beginning of WW1 there was a Drumhead Service included in the proceedings where organisations were given the opportunity to lay wreaths. The parade then continues through the main precinct in Grangemouth returning the RBLS Grangemouth where the parade is dismissed.
Cadets Brendan McFarlane and Caitlyn Geraghty lay a wreath on behalf of the Sqn. Photo by Gus McKinnon
The Sqn were asked to undertake a bag pack by ASDA Grangemouth in aid of Cash for Kids. Over the day a total of 20 cadets helped to raise an amazing £1025.23 for this very worthwhile charity. The local citizens of Grangemouth are thanked for their contributions to the cause.
The Sqn begun it's annual trip to Kinlochard for some Adventurous Training and team cohesion activities. The first activity was the gorgewalking, the cadets all had to be issued with wetsuits, neoprene shoes and safety helmets before they could start the activity. Many people overcame some of their fears during this exercise and some of the quieter cadets came out of their shells.
The Staff and Cadets would like to congratulate all of those who gained a promotion on Wednesday 23 Oct The following were promoted to Cadet Sergeant: Cdt Sgt Shahan Gohar, Cdt Sgt Sam Paxton and Cdt Sgt Scott Queen.
Our new Corporals are:Cdt Cpl Alex Baird, Cdt Cpl Louise Brown, Cdt Cpl Zeeshan Gohar, Cdt Cpl James Macfarlane and Cdt Cpl Dean McCarney.
The Squadron assisted ASDA Grangemouth Store with their charity Cash for Kids by bag packing and running a Tombola on their behalf. It was a long cold day but thankfully on this occasion all the activity was indoors!
Lisa-Marie Baird the Community Champion for the store was absolutely delighted with the turnout of cadets and staff, she commented on the cadets "your cadets are absolutely brilliant, they are always so smart, polite and well mannered. They are a joy to work with!"
Lisa-Marie informed me the next day that the cadets managed to pull in a whopping £1241.84 for their charity all of this in only 6 hours, what a sterling effort, well done to all who participated!