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Conductors’ Parchment Ceremony

Two of the Army’s serving Warrant Officers are the latest in a long long line of senior soldiers stretching back nearly 700 years, to be presented with the Honourable and Ancient Appointment of Conductor.

You have to go back to 1327 to the time of King Edward III when conductors were first mentioned in the statute of Westminster. In it they were described as men whose job it was to conduct soldiers
to places of assembly in times of conflict.

Later the appointment developed into the “Conductor of Ordnance” and as the name suggests they ensured the necessary armaments and weaponry were supplied.

Today, the British Army has a maximum of nine, each of which will be the head of a particular trade group within The Royal Logistic Corps.

As the most senior non-commissioned warrant officer rank in the British Army, it marks the pinnacle of a long and illustrious military career for those chosen to carry the appointment. Each recipient is
presented at a ceremony with a scrolled parchment entitled “The Honourable and Ancient Appointment of Conductor”.

One of the recipients this time is WO1 (Cdr), W Craig, the Army Command Master Photographer. He has spent most of his career capturing army life on film and memory card. His images
of active operations, ceremonial display and off-duty moments have graced newsprint and publications across the globe.

The other Parchment recipient is WO1 (Cdr) M Bloomfield, who is the Command Petroleum Warrant Officer of petroleum operations.

The Royal Logistic Corps

Congratulations to RLC soldier LCpl Stu Elvin of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Bassingbourn Barracks, who has received two bronze medals at the World Rowing Indoor Championships 2021. LCpl Elvin has represented the Army in rowing for a number of years. Having individually qualified at the British Championships for the Men's (age 30-39) 500m to race at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men's Team race. The races took place on 23 Feb 21, where LCpl achieved third place in his individual race and an hour later, he received another bronze medal as he played an integral part of the Armed Forces Men's Team. His commitment and success in rowing is nothing short of impressive with his ability to balance work, training and family life along with the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Competing in any sport at this level requires a unique strength and determination – something which the LCpl displays in abundance, putting in hours of solitary training, where he has had to use his mental resilience to push himself further than most would. ... See MoreSee Less