It’s in the blood!

19 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday proved to be a special day for Cadet Lance Corporal Daniel Jones. At the Avenue of Remembrance, in the company of fellow cadets from his Bourne Detachment, he stood silently to honour the fallen. Later that day, Daniel headed to Oakham to meet up with his grandfather, Peter Baker OBE, who also had Remembrance Day duties to fulfill.

Daniel said: “It was an honour to remember the fallen with Bourne detachment in the morning and then I was filled with pride to be able to watch Granddad proudly lead the Colour Party with the Empingham British Legion Standard.”

His grandfather served his National Service 1955 - 1957 with REME and in 1991 was awarded the OBE ‘for Services to the Gulf War’. (Peter was a key member of the team that successfully found solutions to maintain the Challenger and Warrior tanks.)

When Peter retired in 1995, he involved himself in supporting Royal British Legion and took on the position of Secretary at Empingham RBL. He has been the Poppy Co-ordinator for Rutland for the past 25 years and the Standard Bearer for Empingham RBL for the past five. But the family honours do not stop there.

At the outbreak of WW1, Daniel’s great-grandfather, when just 19-years-old, joined RAMC 6th London Field Ambulance. In 1915 his unit was posted to all the major battlefields on The Somme, including Mametz Woods. He was awarded the Military Medal for ‘acts of gallantry and devotion under fire’.

This summer Daniel and his family visited the WW1 battlegrounds of Thiepval and Mametz Woods. This proved an extremely emotional and thought provoking experience.

With such a history behind him, it should come as no surprise that Daniel has thrown himself heart and soul into the ACF. Since joining the Cadets he has worked hard to progress through the cadet syllabus and has achieved his 2 Star. This summer he was promoted to lance corporal.

Having just completed his 2 Star First Aid Training, his skills were needed recently when he helped a gentleman who had fallen down some theatre stairs in front of him.

“My training just took over and I went into auto-pilot,” he says, adding, “The man spent 24 hours in hospital after breaking his wrist and is recovering well.”

Such actions have made his granddad very proud.

“When Daniel joined the Lincolnshire ACF I was overjoyed and I have been pleased with the way he has thrown himself into it,” Peter says.

“I am extremely proud of the young man he has become and that is mainly down to his time with the Cadet Force. This summer was particularly rewarding as Daniel was promoted to Lance Corporal and passed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

“It was lovely to see him looking so smart in his uniform on Remembrance Day.”