Mark Skelton 3rd February 1961 – 2nd June 2019
Today we said farewell to Captain Mark Skelton the well respected Adventurous Training Officer for Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF who recently passed away following a gallant fight with cancer. His funeral service was attended by many family, friends’ colleagues and former colleagues. Mark was carried into church by colleagues from the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadets and the Joint Service Mountain Training Wing. The last post was played by Drum Major Ian Simon from the C&G Corps of Drums.
Mark had joined the Army Cadets in 2001 following a successful military career in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, ultimately becoming the Adventurous Training Officer. He, in addition to overseeing adventurous training at many annual and other camps and training weekends, had masterminded numerous courses for cadets and adults across North Wales and beyond. Mark had regularly supported the Wales Cadet Climbing Competition and taken part in the Snowdon Moonlight Challenge.
Mark was a highly proficient officer with high level qualifications covering Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Bike and Mountaineering. He was a Joint Service Klettersteig Leader, Alpine Mountain Instructor, Ski Mountain Leader Winter Climbing Instructor as well as an Army Cadet NNAS Course Tutor. He regularly applied his many skills for the greater benefit of cadets and instructors alike. Mark’s last training weekend was in February helping Albuhera Company with navigation training.
Mark was awarded the Cadet Force Medal in 2010 and a clasp in 2019. Earlier this year he was awarded a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Clwyd Henry Fetherstonhaugh Esq. OBE FRAGS for his outstanding contribution, dedication, commitment and selfless service.
Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF Commandant Col LT Williams said “Mark was a highly qualified, well respected and dedicated instructor who had made an immense contribution to the cadet movement not only for cadets but for adults as well. He regularly helped cadets and adults to achieve goals they thought impossible be it on a mountain bike, a rock face, in a kayak or abseiling over 30 meters from under a railway viaduct. His expertise, professionalism and can do attitude will be greatly missed by us all. We all extend our sympathises to his wife Rosemary and daughter Becca who is herself a former cadet”
Capt Mathew Fletcher RAPTC Officer Commanding Joint Service Mountain Training Wing Indefatigable (JSMTC) added “Mark Skelton worked for JSMTC for over 20 years; training service personnel from across all three services. As an Adventurous Training Instructor, Mark was dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction to Adventurous Training. In the height of Mark’s service at JSMTC he was awarded the Joint Service Mountain Guide qualification and the UK’s highest civilian award in climbing and mountaineering, this is something that many aspire to, but only a few achieve.”