Congratulation from all the members of St John's Lodge, St John's Chapter and St John's Mark on being awarded the BEM
Bryan Catchpole, Newton Abbot
For services to Young People
- Bryan has, for a quarter of a century, been the sole member of employed staff in full-spectrum support of an Army Cadet Force (ACF) company, comprising a headquarters and 8 cadet detachments dispersed throughout South Devon.
- Throughout, he has rarely been responsible for administering less than 250 adult volunteers and cadets at any one time.
- He acts as the Regional Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) local officer, providing facilities and estates management for 7 discrete Ministry of Defence (MOD) sites in the South Devon area, 4 of which include MOD rifle ranges and 3 of which are jointly occupied by the Air Training Corps.
- In his spare time, Mr Catchpole serves as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer in his own right. 2020 will mark his 35th year of loyal service.
- During this time he has held a host of appointments, bringing to each of them a rare combination of military proficiency, honed as a former Royal Marine, and genuine compassion for, and interest in, his cadets.
- In particular, as a Detachment Commander for 3 different ACF detachments and as the Regimental Serjeant Major Instructor for Devon ACF as a whole, he has proved instrumental in ensuring the very highest of standards are maintained.
- Under his direct tutelage, nearly 100 cadets have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- In all, he has directly touched the lives and tangibly enhanced the life chances of upwards of 1,500 young people across the County of Devon.