Awards at the double in Nairnshire

July 6, 2018

Nairnshire representatives of 1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF have been awarded certificates by the Lord Lieutenant of Nairnshire, George Asher. 

Cadet Corporal Matthew Johnstone (16), from Nairn Detachment, was awarded his certificate of appointment as the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of Nairnshire. Meanwhile, battalion training officer Major Martin Whyte (46) received a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service.

Every year each area’s respective Lord Lieutenant appoints a young person to serve as their cadet. Cpl Johnstone has been a member of the ACF since August 2014, where he is currently a 4 Star Training cadet on the organisation’s syllabus – the second highest level a cadet can reach in their cadet career.

Within the detachment he is cadet instructor, teaching the junior cadets the training syllabus, as well as being a role model for the cadets to aspire to. As the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of Nairnshire Matthew will assist the Lord Lieutenant in his duties as the Queen’s appointed representative of Nairnshire and will also act as an ambassador for the ACF and the young people of Nairn.

Major Whyte was awarded his Certificate of Meritorious Service for his years of service to the battalion and the cadets. He has held several positions in the battalion, from detachment commander to also being company commander for Moray Company. The roles he has held make him the ideal instructor to be the battalion’s training officer, a position he has held twice in his career. On top of his training duties, he is also Pipe President for the Battalion’s Pipes & Drums.

The certificates were presented at the Nairn Detachment Cadet Centre on John Street.