Never let your Children Down

It was 1978 and my dad’s call rang out after me, “You will be kicked out and home in no time”.

Was I cut out to be a Soldier, a Leader?

Did the words of a man who never showed me love or affection make me more determined to make the grade and prove him wrong?

I would go to the telephone box and dial in the number. A man would answer.

“Hi Dad – I have something to tell you. I have been promoted”.

“Well done, but you don’t have to tell me”.

I found it very strange that my Dad would not acknowledge my achievements.

It was as though I was letting him know that he was wrong for shouting those words as I left the house on my own to make my way to the railway station to join the Army.

Early days after recruit training

I would make four more calls over the next 22 years, every time I got promoted. Making my point that my Dad was wrong. A bit like a movie scene, it plays in my head.

Proud to Stand Alone.

Let’s push forward to 1997 – the year a Single Crown was stitched on to the bottom of my right arm. Warrant Officer Class 2. Title SIR. The Royal Warrant from the Queen.

To the phone box again I would walk, picking up the phone.

“Hi Dad. I would like to invite you down to my first Passing Out Parade. I will be leading 90 Recruits led by the Band of the Grenadier Guards on to the Parade Ground.

I will be at the front of the Parade, and will lead the parade on to the square where the Secretary for Defence and 500 Spectators will be sitting and watching.

I will stand proud and announce the Recruits as they get their Awards presented”.

Other than the Parachute Award Ceremony on the Drop Zone where I was Presented my British Military Parachute Wings, this would be a proud moment that my Dad could be be part of.

“Will you come Dad?”

“No Son. We have just got a Puppy. Sorry”.

Your Loss Father.

Before The Parade 1997

When my time comes, I will look back and say “I Never Let My Children Down”.

One Comment

  1. Relax Blackburn

    Ron you should be very proud of your achievements and your the bigger man and even though i didn’t know you in those difficult times i am very proud of you.


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