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Cadet Sgt Major Ryan Atkins, Deal Detachment A Coy Kent Army Cadet Force was recently awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s cadet award.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is seen as the aide and representative of the cadet forces to the British Royal family and the Lord-lieutenant in an administrative county of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Typically, one is chosen from each of the main cadet forces, the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets (United Kingdom). They are selected each year at the Spring Lord-lieutenant’s awards in each county.
They provide an essential link between the armed forces and the local community, assist with recruiting within the cadet forces and assist the county’s Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. The cadet from each arm of the cadet forces is selected and appointed based on their outreach and participation within their squadron, detachment or unit, and is seen as one of the highest achievements in the Cadet Forces.


I contacted Stuart our Youth Liaison Officer below is his reply!

I asked Stuart how he was progressing and if it was appropriate for me to let you all know, below is his reply and I know you will all join with me in offering our heartfelt congratulations on his First-Class degree in Accounting and Finance, an incredible amount of work both mentally and physically for him so a marvellous achievement indeed, Well Done Stuart!
Hi Edward,

Thanks for your reply. Well, now that I have had my university exam results confirmed, I have achieved a first-class degree in Accounting & Finance, I have applied to Canterbury University to become a teacher. It means another year of studying and placements, but it will be worth it.

As for my rehab, I had an out-patients appointment at Stanford Hall last week, and all seems to be progressing well. Due to COVID-19, the hospital has been re-rolled to help servicemen and women recover from Coronavirus, so other patients cannot be admitted at present. There is a plan to get me in once the virus has passed, but in the meantime, it’s a waiting game.

Otherwise, all is well. Home-schooling the kids and trying to get back to some sort of normality, as best we can. I look forward to catching up with people in person, rather than virtually, soon.

Stay safe, Stuart

A website for youth members and cadets click


A Coy shows respect for the 75th Anniversary of D Day 8th May 2020 

Flight Sergeant Stuart Gemmell Officer Commanding – 2235 (Deal) Sqn. our Downs Branch Youth Liaison Officer has had a “Prang” his message on Facebook is copied below, we all wish him Good Luck and back to full Ops soon!
I loathe posting like this, as I am not seeking sympathy but need to inform some people and I know this will be read.Body is off the road (VOR) – I snapped my femur on Wednesday (prosthetic side) after slipping in the wet. I was transferred to the QE Birmingham, by East-Lancs Ambulance service and operated on the following day. All the medical staff at both hospitals have been amazing, and yet again I owe them a massive debt of gratitude that I will never be able to repay 🙏🏻 I will be off my feet for six weeks+ while I let the plates, pins and screws (whatever is in there) heal and do their thing.I am completely fine but slightly embarrassed by the timing and slipping the way I did. I sometimes forget my leg doesn’t work in the same way as a real one.


Branch President John Elms, Chair Edward Barkway & wife Janet together with Vice Chair Malcolm Gibbons with committee member and wife Jennie were privileged to be invited to the Deal 2235 (Deal) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets Presentation Evening 31st January. 
Flight Sergeant Stuart Gemmell Officer Commanding – 2235 (Deal) Sqn. extends a warm welcome.
  Air Marshal Christopher Nickols speaking at the Cadet Presentation evening in Deal Castle.
  Stuart welcomes Deputy Deal Town Mayor Ciir. David Cronk.
  Cadets FALL IN ……and OUT!
Air Marshal Christopher Nickols says“Well done “Flight” for a splendid evening and a first class Air Cadet Corps.                            


Photographs from 2235 Sqd Facebook website

2235 (Deal) Squadron – Royal Air Force Air Cadets 





2235 (Deal) Sqn RAF Air Cadets Formal Mess Dinner December

Flight Sargent Stuart Gemmell Officer Commanding along with uniformed staff, civilian instructors and most importantly smartly dressed Air Cadets enjoying their dinner at the RBL Club.                                                                     

We are very fortunate that Stuart (DJ & Medals) is also our Royal British Legion Branch Youth Liaison Officer so a very busy man indeed.



Deal Detachment Army Cadet Corp A Coy Presentation Evening 19th December.

Detachment Commander Lt Paul Atkins opened proceedings by extending a warm welcome to Town Mayor Cllr Eileen Rowbotham, Cadets parents, Officers from the Kent Area and Edward Barkway RBL Downs Chair.

The stage lighting did not lend itself to good photographs!                                  A great model of a WW1 Tank presented to Paul from the Officers & Cadets.

Edward congratulated the cadets on raising £304.14 for the Poppy Appeal and explained the Affiliation the RBL have with A Coy, he thanked Gemma and Ryan Atkins for carrying the RBL Standard on numerous occasions. 



Deal Detachment Kent Army Cadet Corps have a new recruit, non other than Mia Gemmell eldest daughter (12) of of our Youth Liaison Officer Stuart, both Dad and Mum Kelly were proud to see Mia complete a sponsored walk from Dover to Deal pier in aid of the Royal British Legion and  Walmer Lifeboat this weekend 14th/15th September…….

……as Dad Stuart said “Mia enjoyed every minute but has some very tired legs today” 

The smile says it all! Well Done Tankie we are all very proud of you!



Deal Detachment Kent Army Cadet Corps Camp.

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Deal ATC 2235 Squadron Camp.

Branch Youth Liaison Officer Stuart Gemmell sent the following report and photographs from the August 2019 Summer Camp.

Please find photos of this year Air Cadets summer camp at RAF Leeming. 30 Air Cadets from across Kent (two from Deal), visited the station last week for seven day’s of Air Force life, learning what it takes to become an Airman or Woman. The Cadets visited the stations Air Traffic, fire section, police section, RAF Regiment and had the chance to taxi Hawk trainer aircraft onto the runway before a training flight. Cadet Spencer Hall, of Deal 2235 Sqn, won the most sought-after prize of all Camp Best Cadet for exceptional attitude and a great sense of humour throughout the week. 

Cadet Spencer Hall, Deal 2235 Sqn Camp Best Cadet, well done Spenc!


Do NOT pull the trigger!

                       …only if you promise to bring it back!


THE Deal “Team” Standing on runways is not a good idea!

(Is that a smile of fear, relief or delight Stuart!!)

Thank You Stuart for a great report and photo’s 



Members and families gathered in Dover Town Hall Friday 19th July to pay tribute to the hard work and training carried by the cadets of TS Lynx. Many a well earned trophy’s and certificates were presented to many of the cadets in the unit by Dover Town Mayor, White Cliffs Branch Chairman, senior area RN Cadet officers and yours truly.
This was Sarah Butler’s last evening as she has been promoted to the RN Cadet District team.                       A rather tearful Sarah saying goodbye after watching a very touching film in her honour presented by the Cadets.

My thanks to Janet Barkway for her lovely photograhs