Little Trooper of the Month

Joshua O'Connor

August 2022

Joshua O’Connor has been awarded the Little Trooper of the month award for his bravery. 

Joshua​’s Dad serves in the Royal Air Force. Joshua​’s Dad told us- 

“Joshua is an incredible little boy. He has been through so much in his first 8 years, after his twin brother James was diagnosed with an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour aged just 2. 

He supported his brother ​through many brain surgeries and different treatment​s from Chemotherapy to ​Radiotherapy and more. He was just the best brother to James, helping him every single day, and always being there by his side. James sadly passed away in February this year, and Joshua was with him right up until the end, and speaks about him every day since.

On the first day of ​the summer holiday, Joshua asked for a basketball to play with at home, and after playing with it for 5 minutes he unfortunately hit his finger straight on the ball, causing a fracture across the middle of his finger. He was so brave throughout, just like how he fa​ced James’ treatments and passing, and found the x-ray quite funny in fact. After the fracture was confirmed, he spent the whole summer with his hand strapped up. He didn’t complain once, and somehow managed to find the positives in everything. That is just how Joshua faces life, he always looks for the positives, and does everything with a smile. Our hero.”

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Our Little Trooper of the Month award scheme is about recognising military children who have been through exceptional circumstances and have shown bravery and resilience. Joshua is an incredible young boy who has been through so much in his short life. It’s amazing to hear how he was such a supportive brother and how he has stayed positive this summer after such a turbulent year. We hope he wears his medal with pride and that it helps him to see what a special little trooper he really is.”

This month’s Little Trooper of the Month Award has kindly been sponsored by The Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM)


Joshua O'Connor

Nominate a Trooper of the month!

We want to recognise Little Troopers; children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. 

This is an opportunity to really celebrate and shine a spotlight on the lives of incredible military children, hear the special stories and give them the recognition they really deserve.

Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. We will also shout about how amazing our winners our on our website, social media and other related publications.

Nominations welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course YOU!

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you are nominating you must ask permission and advise them you are nominating. We will need to contact them directly to progress a nomination if successful.

Unsuccessful nominations will not be contacted.

Please upload a recent photograph we can use for certificate and hall of fame if they win:

Eligible children: ANY child with a parent or step parent currently serving with the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force; wherever they live, reserve or regular, parents married or unmarried. Children can only win once. Please only nominate one child per nomination. Children of any age can be nominated. Please ensure all the information you submit is true and correct stating if the child is a step child/has a different father or mother to serving person.

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