October 28, 2022


The Yorkshire Regimen, comprising the personnel from the 1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions (there is no 3rd Battalion) and the Yorkshire and Humber Cadets, were warmly welcomed to Cutlers’ Hall last night in order to sign Certificates of Affiliation between the Company and the Regiment and to award Junior Soldiers and a Yorkshire Cadet awards in recognition of their performance, outstanding work and endeavours over and above that which is normally expected of them. 

The Certificates of Affiliation were signed by Past Masters Mr Nick Williams and Mr James Tear and by Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly.

Dame Julie Kenny, DBE DL, spoke of The Company’s commitment and pride to have a formal affiliation with the Yorkshire Regiment, which is our County Regiment, and of the Company’s signing of an Armed Forces Covenant in 2020, in which we pledged to support the Armed Services in a variety of ways. We already have a formal affiliation with HMS Sheffield.  She explained part of this commitment to the Covenant is not only to support the serving but to assist, where we can, in finding employment for those leaving the services, using our network of Freemen and their companies. These will be annual awards in recognition of these outstanding achievements. 

A ceremonial knife was presented to Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly, the Regimental Secretary, by Dame Julie Kenny, DBE DL, Master Cutler. 

The Clerk then read the citations of the recipients of each award and they were presented with a smaller operational version of the ceremonial knife and a cheque each by Dame Julie Kenny.  The recipients of the awards were Lance Corporal Joe Strazynski, 1 Yorks; Corporal Villiame Tuimoala, 2 Yorks; Private Jason Lingard, 4 Yorks and Cadet Sergeant Major Emily Bone (collecting her award from Dame Julie Kenny below).

The beautiful knives were manufactured by Chris Hopkinson of Samuel Staniforth, a Sheffield traditional cutler. Chris is one of our Freemen and attended the Ceremony. The knife was designed by Chris Parry, an ex-SAS soldier, who took part in the breaking of the Iranian Embassy Siege in London in the 1970s. The knife is silver and hallmarked with the Company, Sheffield and Jubilee hallmarks. It was gifted by Mr James Tear, the IPM. 

Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly thanked the Master Cutler for her kind words and generous hospitality and for the Company’s support of the Yorkshire Regiment, which is extremely important to them.

A fabulous buffet curry supper was enjoyed by all after the Ceremony, prepared by our in house catering team.