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Sir John Thompson Memorial Sword Awarded to Head Boy


On Sunday Will Moon was presented with the Sir John Thompson Memorial Sword in recognition of the fact that he has been judged to be the best of the CCF (RAF) cadets in the country this year. With over 9000 CCF (RAF) cadets in the country this is a very significant achievement.

The very best of the CCF(RAF) gathered at Old Warden in Bedfordshire, the home of the Shuttleworth Trust, to be presented with their just rewards.

Each year, the Top RAF Section and most outstanding cadet from CCF’s across the country attend The Air Day where their prizes are presented and they have an opportunity to fly in a variety of aircraft owned and flown by members of “The Air Squadron”.

Will was kitted out with a made to measure No.1 uniform, which is a formal uniform custom made by the RAF. As the top CCF/RAF cadet in the country, Will led the parade of other medal winners and Flights from the top 3 schools in the Air Squadron Trophy competition. The parade was accompanied by the Air Cadet Marching Band that Will is a former member of.

After lunch, Will was taken for a flight in a small Vans aircraft which had been made from a kit by the pilot! As the aircraft has been fitted with a smoke machine, there was a spectacular smoke display which made Will’s parents think he was on fire! The afternoon was followed with a private tour of the Shuttleworth Collection, an amazing collection of historic and vintage aircraft from the start of the last century, (all of which fly).

On the day Will was also awarded the The Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation Medal for CCF Achievement, which is another excellent achievement for a cadet.

Will's citation reads: “From the outset, William has been determined to make the most of the opportunities available to Cadets both within Trent College’s CCF Contingent and the wider Air Cadet Organisation.

He has been a valued member of the Air Cadet Organisation’s National Marching Band, taking part in several camps and performances with cadets from all over the country, including playing in the Cadet 150 Celebrations along the Mall, culminating at the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Will has attended annual Summer Camp for the last three years, each year taking on more responsibility as a reliable and effective NCO. Will attended an overseas camp at Ramstein NATO base in Germany, where he was able to experience the US Air Force. He successfully completed a Gliding Scholarship, flying solo to earn his Silver Wings. As soon as he could, Will completed the three levels of the Eastern Area Leadership Training at RAF Wittering, and has diligently put the skills learned to good practice within the RAF Section and Contingent since then. Earlier this year Will was selected to go to Canada as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange, which in itself is an honour. Will is a popular, dedicated and accomplished NCO who has made good use of his initiative and natural leadership ability to ensure that he sets the highest possible standards in all that he does in the Contingent. He will be sorely missed at Trent College, both within the CCF and as Head Boy”

Will and his CCF involvement doesn’t stop there, as he leaves for Canada next month, where he has been selected to join the International Air Cadet Exchange Association Programme for a week of activities. More information can be found at

We wish Will all the best for the future with his CCF/RAF career.

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