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Gdf renames drill square in honour of stalwart

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in commitment to honouring its stalwarts and recognising their contributions has renamed the Drill Square at the Colonel John Clarke Military School at Tacama in honour of Warrant Officer Class Two (ret’d.) Patrick Williams.
The force also established a Veteran’s Affairs Office in this regard.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony at the Drill Square on November 19, Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best lauded the work of the former soldier. He stated that the tribute was fitting since WO Williams was an individual of extraordinary character.
“You were an exceptional Sergeant Major, a patriot and a remarkable person and the name of Warrant Officer Class Two Patrick Williams is now assured in the history of the Guyana Defence Force,” Commodore Best stated.
Commanding Officer of Training Corps , Lieutenant Colonel Khemraj Persaud  in his remarks echoed the sentiments of the Chief of Staff when he said that Williams “transformed many wavering minds into military souls.”

In acceptance of the honour given to him, Williams said that he was delighted to have the Drill Square renamed after him.
“This will be remembered by my family long after I have passed and so I thank you,” he said.
He added that Drill Squares are sacred and it is where military discipline is best displayed. He urged the force to continue naming other Drills Squares in honour of other Warrant Officers who may be worthy of such recognition.
Williams’s military history dates back to 1956 as a soldier with the British Guiana Volunteer Force, where he served with distinction during emergencies and civil unrest in the pre-independence era.
He later enlisted in the Guyana Defence Force, serving with honour until his retirement on November 12, 1984.  
WO Williams was awarded the Rupununi Border Defence Medal for his valiant efforts in the Uprising of 1974. He served 13 years at Tacama where he was engaged in training recruits.
At the ceremony Warrant Officers (Ret’d.) W.  Nurse, Randolph Reynolds, Margaret Arthur, Bertram Jervis, Dennis Rock, Staff Sergeants (Ret’d.) Beverley Somerset, Cecil Chin and Thomas Prince were also honoured.