Health and safety employee joins community to pay tribute to Victoria Cross soldiers
A Cammell Laird employee played his part in paying tribute to soldiers who fought in the First World War.
Jonjo Sullivan (pictured on the left) joined dignitaries and members of the Wirral community to unveil a set of memorial stones to commemorate the area’s Victoria Cross recipients.
The 27-year-old, who works in the health and safety department, was representing 1175 (Prenton) air cadet squadron, where he is officer commanding, at the prestigious event.
The stones in honour of the nine Wirral soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War were officially unveiled by Wirral’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Smith, and Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Martin Amlot OBE during a ceremony at Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.
Wreaths were laid and the Last Post played before prayers led by the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Rev Keith Sinclair. The ceremony included representatives from The Royal Navy, Royal Field Artillery, Royal West Surrey, The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), The Lancashire Fusiliers, The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own), The Rifle Brigade, The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), The Royal British Legion and the families of the soldiers.
Jonjo, who was joined by members of his squadron at the event, said: “I was proud to represent my squadron at this prestigious event to ensure we always remember the sacrifices made by the Wirral’s Victoria Cross soldiers. The event began at the town hall and then involved a short service at the Cenotaph with dignitaries and families of the people involved, and it went very well. It’s important for the air cadets to be involved in events like this and our next occasion will be the Remembrance Sunday parade.”
Jonjo joined the 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.
Jonjo, who has worked for the business for eight years, said: “Cammell Laird has always been extremely supportive of my work with the air cadets and when I told them about this event, they were really accommodating.
“I always try and incorporate my work with my role in the squadron because the children are always asking about life here at Cammell Laird. I had air cadets marshalling cars at the launch of the Sir David Attenborough in 2018 and I’ve brought them into the yard for visits. It gives them some inspiration for what to do in life and they love hearing about what goes on here.
“Without Cammell Laird’s support I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.”