November 26th 2013

Knitters Accolade for Leicester soldiers

The dedication and commitment of two Leicester Army Reservists to their Squadron has been honoured by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.

Corporal Perry Smith, aged 25 years, and Trooper Jamal Adam who are both members of B (Leicestershire and Derbyshire) Squadron The Royal Yeomanry were presented their accolades at Corah Hall by the Master of the Worshipful Framework Knitters, Mr Stephen Woolfe and the Past Master, Mr Graham Smith.

The Tigers Road based Squadron formed an affiliation with The Worshipful Framework of Knitters in 2012. The Livery Company is predominately East Midlands based and each year will make two awards to members of the Squadron in recognition of their contribution to excellence within the Squadron during the previous year.

Corporal Perry Smith, aged 25 years, from Oadby who has recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan, received his award for the compilation of a Fitness Policy to ensure that all yeomen are able to achieve the correct level of fitness required. He has also taken part in a number of ‘Iron Man’ style competitions to maintain his own fitness and raise money for charity.

A Sports Lecturer at South Leicester College, Cpl Smith said: “I was surprised to receive the award but deeply honoured.”

Troop Jamal Adam, aged 38 years, from Wigston was recognised for his services to the Squadron Recruiting Team. Tpr Adam was present at numerous shows through the Summer and regularly supports all Squadron activities.  He said: “The award came totally out of the blue but I am very proud to have my achievements recognised.”

Permanent Staff Administrative Officer, Captain Nigel Benner, said: “It is a great honour to have established an affiliation with The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and we look forward to many happy years of friendship. “

The squadron is part of The Royal Yeomanry, the senior cavalry regiment in the Army Reserves. Their role is reconnaissance, operating ahead of the front line to gather intelligence on the enemy and the environment. Mounted in armoured landrovers (RWMIKs) carrying heavy machine guns the soldiers are trained to seek out the enemy and report their positions.