DLO Press Release
20 June 2005

 Top Appointment for Bath Based Army Warrant Officer

 Army Warrant Officer Paul Jackson, who works at the Ministry of Defence site at Ensleigh, Bath, has recently been awarded with one of the most prestigious and historic titles in the British Army – that of Army Conductor, of which there are only 17 throughout the whole Army.

Whilst nothing to do with leading bands or collecting fares on a bus, the appointment of Conductor recognises Paul’s contribution to the Armed Forces and the dedication and professionalism he has shown in the variety of jobs he has done since joining the Army as a teenager in 1983.

Now 38 years old, Paul, who currently holds the rank of Warrant Officer 1, recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. He has also served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Falklands, Cyprus, Germany and Kuwait and now currently works as part of the catering team that sends 22 million items of food every day all around the globe to British troops serving in a wide variety of locations.

On receiving his award, Paul said:

“When I joined the Army as at 16 I never imagined I would make the rank of Warrant Officer let alone the prestigious appointment of Conductor. I have had some tough tours in war zones but the teamwork and professionalism of the Army team has always carried me through.”

Paul was presented with a formal parchment at a ceremony at Blackdown followed by a tour of Windsor Castle and lunch on the Thames. Paul invited his mother, Joyce Jackson, to the event. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to show her how much I have achieved in the Army” Paul said after the celebrations.

The rank of Conductor is one of the oldest still awarded today within the British Army and can be traced back over 650 years.

Notes to Editors

1. The earliest record of the rank of Conductor is in a Statute of Westminster of 1327 when Edward III enacted that the wages of Conductors of soldiers from the Shire to the place of Assembly would no longer be a charge on the Shire. Since then Conductors of Ordnance have featured in the Siege of Baulogone in 1544 and in 1688 they were noted as wearing ‘red cloth cloaks and the Chief Engineer a suit of silk armour’. For the Crimea War of 1854 a siege train was hurriedly formed under the control of 8 Conductors of stores. Currently only 10 percent of Warrant Officer Class 1 may be appointed Conductor.

2. Photograph of WO1 Paul Jackson being presented with his Conductors Rank is available upon request.

3. Warrant Officer Jackson has also recently been selected to become a commissioned officer in the rank of Captain. 4. For further information, please contact Stuart Campbell, DLO Press Office on 01225 461748.

Last Updated: 22 Jun 05