Remembrance Poetry Success for West Yorkshire Army Cadets

8 November 2018

Four young cadets from E Company, Yorkshire (North and West) ACF have won prizes in the York Remembers Poetry Competition, part of the City of York’s centenary commemorations of the ending of the First World War. The competition, hosted by the York Army Museum, encouraged young people to take part by submitting original pieces of poetry on the theme of World War I/Remembrance.

Judging the competition was York poet Doreen Gurrey and the winners were announced on National Poetry Day October 4 at Explore Acomb Library.

Winning First Prize in the Year 7-9 category was Cadet Abi Parr (12) Ossett Detachment, Runner up in this category was Cadet Finlay Milnes (12) Ossett Detachment

Runner up in the Year 10-11 category was Cadet Tamzyn Moore (14) Ossett Detachment.

Winning First Prize in the Year 12-13 category was Lance Corporal Mohammed Karolia (17) from Batley Detachment.

York Army Museum together with the Mayor of York will be arranging a celebration in November and inviting the winners and their parents to come along and take part in the reading of the poems.

The cadets will receive their prizes and certificates during E Company’s Christmas Camp in December by Officer Commanding E Company, Major Neil Patton, who said. “I am extremely proud of Abi, Finlay, Tamzyn and Mohammed. These cadets embraced this challenge and in doing so opened their minds to many different emotions and thoughts. This is a great example of showing how the Army Cadets go further - in the way it encourages and enables young people to develop their skills and talents. Well done all of you and I would like to thank Sergeant Mary Hood and Sergeant Ben Hanson, the Cadet Force adult volunteers who assisted and supported you in taking part.”

The poems, and all the other winners can be seen by visiting the York Army Museum website

Lance Corporal Mohammed Karolia from Yorkshire (North and West) ACF
Pictured above is Lance Corporal Mohammed Karolia at the Thiepval Memorial during the Army Cadet Armistice 2018 battlefield tour in October.
Cadets Milnes, Moor and Parr at Ossett detachment
Cadets Milnes, Moor and Parr - three of the winners of the York Remembers Poetry Competition

Thanks to Sgt Mary Hood, Yorkshire (North and West) ACF for reporting on this story.