The highest-ranked army cadet in Somme Company retires from the Army Cadets.
Multi-talented Kacey Titley who held the senior rank of cadet Company Sergeant Major (CSM) has, on reaching her 18th birthday, “retired” from Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force.
Kacey from Holywell Detachment joined the ACF in September 2015 has achieved a huge amount during her service and has been an inspiration to other cadets. As well as her cadet training Kacey has participated in numerous competitions and sporting events. Kacey has also been the Mayor's Cadet for Holywell. Last year during the Covid restrictions Kacey with sister Keeley completed their challenge of 11 for 11 for the 11th of the 11th. This involved walking 11 miles for 11 days to raise much-needed funds for the Poppy Appeal. It took them 11 days, 44 hours, 121 miles, and 271,859 steps and they raised over £600 for the Royal British Legion.
Kacey said “In the 5 years that I’ve been in the cadet force I have achieved so much. I’ve made a lot of friends, gained buckets of confidence, and was presented with lots of opportunities to travel all over the UK and France. I even got the opportunity to travel to Frimley Park to complete the Master Cadet course which later allowed me to be promoted to CSM. I also gained lots of qualifications which I used to pass on my knowledge to the younger cadets and take part in multiple competitions. I am going to miss being part of the organisation and would like to thank all the adults for giving me the best experiences over the past 5 years.”
AUO Louise McCabe-Allen said “I took over as Detachment Commander of Holywell Detachment in November 2018 having already worked with CSM TItley on various training camps. Her maturity and professionalism always shone out and I was not disappointed when I became her DC. She radiates everything our core values stand for and was always first in line to volunteer for activities, competitions, and camps. Always keen to assist with new recruits and more junior cadets, she passed her knowledge and experience down through the cadet ranks with ease and confidence. Most recently, she held the position of Mayor's Honour Cadet for Holywell town and was also instrumental in assisting to 'keep the flame alight' during the lockdown months. She will be sorely missed not only within the detachment but within Somme Company as a whole and I hope that, someday, she will return to continue to spread her wealth of knowledge as an adult volunteer. I wish you all the very best in everything you do in the future but know that with the resilience and determination you have shown as a cadet, you will succeed in everything you set out to do.”
Company Commander Darien Elie said “I would like to thank CSM Titley for her dedication and commitment to Somme Company. She has been an inspiration to the cadets and will be missed greatly. Thank you for your continued support.”