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The Big Interview by Pat Nasmyth June 2012

Mathew Cowling with his trophyMathew began his education at Whitstone Primary School where his many experiences included discovering that it was possible to put his foot through the floor of the ‘Old Elliot Building’ and that he could kick a football from one end of the playground to the other! His favourite subjects were Maths and Art. He played Joseph in the nativity play, ran in the Inter village cross-country and was the first boy across the line.

Mr Lawrence was a great help and mentor for Mathew. When he progressed to Bude Haven Senior School Mathew found the size of the place a bit daunting to begin with and managed to get lost a few times, however he soon got used to it. Art is still one of his favourite subjects along with P.E.

Mathew’s interest in the Army Cadet Force was fostered after he met Caroline Roberts. In 2009 he joined 41 Bude Platoon. It soon became his favourite after-school activity and he responded well to the discipline, enjoyed the drill, shooting, field craft, map and compass reading and first aid and gained his St John’s First Aider badge, Half Star for First Aid, Map and Field at Camp in Penhale. He then went on to gain 1 Star for advanced work in the same subjects. He now has his 2 Star badge and holds the rank of Lance Corporal.

Mathew has attended several weekend camping expeditions and hasMatthew Cowling moved up to using semi-automatic assault rifles whilst at camp in Penally near Tenby in Wales, he has passed the qualifying tests for the shooting team for Cornwall and hopes to be chosen for the Cornwall Cadets all England Team whilst working for the full Corporal Badge.

Mathew won the Cup for best attendance and is intending to attend Army College next year and then to enlist in 2015 to join the infantry or mechanical engineers.

 The 41 Cadet Force has now become a Cowling affair as his brother Keith and Cousin Brandon have joined and Caroline now runs the NAAFI which saves her having to either wait for the boys or make two journeys.

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