July 27, 2015
CSgt Cameron receiving his Cadet 100 badge from Battalion Commandant Colonel Iain Cassidy

CSgt Cameron receiving his Cadet 100 badge from Battalion Commandant, Colonel Iain Cassidy.


The Bisley team (from left) CSgt Cameron, LCpl Mackenzie, Cpl Brown (Reserve), LCpl Stewart and Sgt Martin.

Four Army Cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders returned home from a national shooting competition as the best Scottish team.

Cadet Colour Sergeant Yann Cameron (18), Cadet Sergeant Peter Martin (18), Cadet Lance Corporal Corran Mackenzie (15) and Cadet Lance Corporal Euan Stewart (14) all attended the annual Inter-Service Cadet Rifle Meeting at Bisley Rifle Ranges in Surrey.

The three-day competition involved the Cadets firing the Cadet Force 7.62mm Cadet Target Rifle at 300, 500 and 600 yards, competing against other teams from the ACF, ATC and Sea Cadets.

This year’s event also had a guest team from the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and also the Hong Kong Air Cadets. As well as the team competition, they also competed individually as part of the Cadet 100 competition to become one of the top one hundred shots in the Cadet Forces.

Out of 100 teams the Highlanders came 24th, which placed them as the best overall Scottish team. In the Cadet 100, out of 400 other competitors, CSgt Cameron came 53rd, beating last year’s place of 69th. The rest of the team did equally as well: First-timers LCpl Corran Mackenzie came 106th and LCpl Euan Stewart came 176th. Sgt Peter Martin, who was in last year’s competition, came 183rd overall.

The team were presented with their Bisley Badges by the Battalion’s Commandant, Colonel Iain Cassidy, at the battalion’s annual camp at Barry Buddon near Dundee. On top of receiving his Bisley Badge, CSgt Cameron also received his Cadet 100 badge for the 2nd year in a row.

The Cadets went to Bisley with three Adult Instructors, Sergeant Instructor Michael McCann, Sergeant Major Instructor Lorraine Woolley and Battalion Shooting Officer Lieutenant Richard Thorpe, whose job was to coach the team in their firing during the competition.

Lt Thorpe was very pleased with the overall position that the team finished. He said: “Cadets from our battalion competed against some of the best Cadet shooters from all over the UK, Canada and Hong Kong. They did amazingly in very hot conditions and achieved our best result ever. I am very proud of them.”