Colonel Taylor has now retired from his post as Honorary Colonel Shetland Army Cadets after a long and distinguished military career that has seen him wear uniform for the last 45 years. John Taylor began his military career with the Royal Observer Corps in 1964 before being accepted for a commission into the regular army serving with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1966. He then served in the regular army for 23 years with a further 3 years spent with the Territorial Army. In 1995, as Major Taylor, he was appointed Commandant of what was then Shetland Independent Cadet Battery RA ACF, serving in post for 15 years. For the last 11 years Colonel Taylor has held the appointment of Honorary Colonel for Shetland’s Army Cadets.
Colonel Taylor was presented with gifts from the cadets at both locations as well as a bouquet of flowers for his wife Helen. He took the time to speak to the cadets and let them know that he will continue to give support where possible in a non-uniformed role.