TA soldier in Redruth honoured for helping those less fortunate
A Redruth territorial army soldier who has devoted his life to helping those less fortunate than himself, has been recognised for his dedicated service by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall.
Timothy Rowe, a foster-carer and sports coach, has spent 17 years of his life with 6th Battalion The Rifles, during which time he has been deployed to Afghanistan and served with London’s Venue Security Force for the 2012 Olympics.
The 44-year-old was presented with the Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate of Meritorious Service by Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE during a ceremony at Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro.
He attended the ceremony with his wife, Emily Rowe, and described the honour as one of the “proudest moments” of his career, topped only by his service in Afghanistan as a Platoon Serjeant.
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“To have had the opportunity to serve in Afghanistan was incredible for me,” he explained, “I think when you’re a part of the TA it is essentially what you have been working for all along.
“But nothing beats the time I get to spend with my kids,” he added.
“I have three children, one of whom is a foster-child and everything I do in life is for them. I was a foster-child myself so I know from personal experiences what they go through. That’s why it was so important that my wife and I give something back by fostering a child of our own.”
Timothy also coaches the local Under-12 football and rugby teams, and now works full-time as a careers advisor for the local Army Careers Office.
“Being in the TA is a way of life for me now, but sometimes I do think it is amazing I find the time to do everything that I do,” he said, “I keep going because I am always striving to give something back, whether it is to the British Army or to children in my local community.”
His citation, read out at the ceremony, said: “Warrant Officer Rowe has been a committed TA soldier for most of his adult life. He constantly achieves above what is expected of his rank and position and his enthusiasm for service is obvious.”
Other reservist soldiers and cadet instructors who received Certificates of Meritorious Service at the Cornwall Lord-Lieutenants Awards Ceremony were Chaplain Diane Powell RNR, 72, who has dedicated 25 years of her life to Padstow Sea Cadet Unit as an Adult Instructor.
Reverend Kenneth Wakefield, 59, who has been a Chaplain at Cornwall Army Cadet Force for 13 years and Serjeant Major Instructor David James, 69, a former regular soldier who served with the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, who joined Cornwall Army Cadet Force in 1991.
Serjeant Benjamin Whitehouse, 36, who joined the TA in 1995 aged 18 after first serving in Cornwall ACF was also commended. He has completed the last 18 years’ service at Truro’s TA Centre.