Richmond Fellmongers recognise achievements of Yorkshire Regiment personnel

The Fellmongers Company of Richmond has recognised the achievements of Yorkshire Regiment personnel.

Regular and reserve, including YORKS cap-badged Army Cadets and adult instructors from the regional cadet organisations, received honours.

The award ceremony took place in Richmond Town Hall.

The awards were presented by master fellmonger Keith Jeffrey in front of commanding officers, colleagues, family and friends.

This year, the honours fell to Pte James Beaumont of the 2nd Battalion (2 YORKS) based in Cyprus, LCpl Paul Bailey, an Army Reserve from the 4th Battalion, and Cadet Corporal Ellie Fawley from the Yorkshire (North & West) Army Cadet Force.

Unfortunately, the Cleveland Army Cadet Force nominee, CSMI Nicola White was unable to attend

Recipients & Citations

Pte James Beaumont is a junior soldier in Burma Company 2 YORKS, currently based in Cyprus.  James was nominated for his excellent performance during his first year in Battalion, despite having to deal with some challenging family trauma. Whilst under training at Catterick, Pte Beaumont’s mother suffered a severe injury leaving her paralysed, but James ensured his mother’s needs were met, providing her with a home and all the adaptations she needed, spending all of his leave periods travelling back to the UK to take care of her.  Despite these difficulties, he has made an impressive start to his military career in The Yorkshire Regiment, both as a professional soldier, a potential future leader and as a sportsman.  Fit and robust, James passed his Army Physical Training Instructor course with a distinction and has represented the Battalion at the British Army Warrior Fitness competition, helping the team achieve a silver medal. He has trained as a weightlifting coach, coaches the Battalion team, and has now been invited to trial for the Army team.  For such a such young soldier, his positive attitude, professionalism and drive has been truly impressive and is worthy of recognition by the Fellmongers. His mother Samantha was on hand to witness the award.

LCpl Paul Bailey, Burma Coy, 4 YORKS – Paul joined the Army Reserve in Oct 16 and was immediately identified as a promising soldier and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in Oct 21. He has served with the Battalion with distinction and was deployed as part of the UK’s COVID task force for 2 months in 2020 and to Kenya over Christmas 2021, tasked with performing Force Protection duties in the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).  Whilst acting as Guard Commander in Kenya, he reacted calmly and methodically to the multiple incidents in which he was involved and was personally praised by Commander BATUK for his professionalism and leadership.  During the 4-month Kenya deployment, Paul volunteered for multiple routine additional tasks including training for the local security personnel, consistently displaying an exemplary attitude, tirelessly volunteering to assist his fellow soldiers without hesitation and without once comprising his ‘can-do’ attitude that is an example to all other soldiers to aspire to.  LCpl Bailey is no doubt deserving of the Company of Fellmongers of Richmond award.

Cadet Corporal Ellie Fawley – Northallerton Detachment Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force – Cadet Corporal Ellie Fawley joined the Northallerton detachment in January 2019, progressing quickly and completing her 1-star syllabus within six months. She has quickly become a vital member of detachment and willingly assists more junior cadets when they ask her for advice. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellie attended every Army Cadet Force (ACF) event, engaging in fundraising activities within Northallerton and assisting in the organising of bag packs at local supermarkets. Even when the country went into lockdown Ellie continued to be an asset to the detachment, assisting with ‘zoom’ training and helping to keep things running. Since the lifting of restrictions, Ellie has attended all weekend camps and completed her radio user’s course and even as a relatively junior cadet he has already shown, that anything is achievable through hard work and determination. It is because of this that Cpl Ellie Fawley was recommended for the Company of Fellmongers Award.