Air cadets from 2248 (Rutland) Sqn formed a guard of Honour at the memorial service of Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Kennedy. The service held at All Saints Church, Oakham, Rutland and was attended by many high Ranking dignitaries including Viscount Trenchant, Air Marshall Bagwell – Deputy Commander of Operations RAF and the Lord Lieutenants of Rutland and Leicestershire – Dr Howard and Lady Gretton.
The many impressive medals worn by Sir Jock which included The Knight Grand Cross, and the Air Force Cross with bar were carried through the nave by Rutland’s Lord Lieutenant Cadet Sgt Billy Richards. Billy said,”I am very proud to be carrying the medals of such a distinguished officer, this is a day I will remember for years to come.”
Sir Jock was he was known, was a great support of the Rutland Air Cadets and was President of South & East Midlands Wing ATC. Sir Jock joined the RAF in 1946 as an airman. He took part in the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49. At the end of the Korean War he helped evacuate prisoners of war, he then went onto fly in the Suez crisis. In the 50’s he flew Dakotas’ with the Royal Australian Air Force. In the late 70’s and 80’s he held various command posts finishing as ADC to the Queen in 1986. After retiring from the RAF he held the post of Lord Lieutenant of Rutland until 1997 and was involved in many groups within the community and the church.
After the service cadets again formed a Guard of Honour for the family and guests, during which many of the Air Marshalls spoke individually to the cadets and commented to Flt Lt Jackie the Sqn Adjutant on how smart and well presented the cadets were – a real credit to the Air Cadets.
Written by :
Flt Lt Jackie Lawrence