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Cammell Laird honours employees’ roles in war efforts at Remembrance Sunday parade

posted on November 12, 2019 categories Corporate News, In The Community

Merseyside shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird played its part in Remembrance Sunday when it honoured the role of employees in past conflicts.

The Birkenhead employer gave tribute to servicemen who have worked for the business as well as those who played their part by building warships during the world wars.

The shipbuilder laid a wreath at Birkenhead Cenotaph this Sunday, November 10 as part of Remembrance Day commemorations.

Corporal Lewis Duckworth, 15, a member of 400 Birkenhead air cadet squadron, had the task of carrying the wreath bearing the Cammell Laird logo and laying it at the war memorial on the day. His stepdad, Richard Peters, is a Cammell Laird ship manager and his grandfather, Paul Fitzgerald, is a HSE adviser.

Employee Jonjo Sullivan arranged for Cammell Laird’s inclusion in the parade, which left from Hamilton Square, after studying the history of his employer’s role in past conflicts.

Corporal Lewis Duckworth with Cammell Laird employee Jonjo Sullivan

The 27-year-old, who works in the health and safety department, takes part in the parade every year through his involvement as officer commanding with 1175 (Prenton) air cadet squadron.

After finding out about the business’s contribution to efforts during the world wars, he was determined it should be involved in the community event.

Jonjo, who also volunteers with the Royal British Legion, said: “Cammell Laird employees were exempt from going to war during the world wars because they were helping build warships and contributing in that respect. I did some research and became really interested in it and, because of my work with the cadets and the Royal British Legion, I felt it was important that we took part in the parade.

“It’s amazing to have made that happen and it was a proud day to be able to honour the servicemen and the workers who all had a role to play.”

In September, Jonjo represented Cammell Laird when he joined dignitaries and members of the Wirral community to unveil a set of memorial stones to commemorate the area’s Victoria Cross recipients.

He joined his squadron as an air cadet at the age of 13 and stayed on as an adult volunteer when he turned 20, achieving the rank of sergeant in 2016 and then officer commanding in 2018. He volunteers for 12 hours a month, every Monday and Thursday evening, as well as running first aid training sessions and teaching basic lifesaving skills as either a two-hour or weekend course at Merseyside Wing Adventure Training Camp. He also runs Heart Start courses at Cammell Laird,

His squadron has experienced life in the shipyard, just one of the ways the business ensures it is a part of the community it serves.

Tony Graham, chief operating officer of Cammell Laird, said it was important for the business to take part in such events.

He said: “Cammell Laird employees played a pivotal role in both world wars and the business employed many ex-servicemen over the years. For these reasons, and as a major employer in Merseyside, it is only right that we pay our respects during the Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

“Lewis was chosen to lay the wreath on our behalf through his family links to the business and we were proud to have him represent Cammell Laird, and those thousands of workers who have come through the shipyard gates.”

Cammell Laird ship manager Richard Peters with stepson Corporal Lewis Duckworth