Little Trooper of the Month

Arran Dawson

July 2022

Arran Dawson has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ for being resilient and coping with some of the unique challenges that military life can bring.

Arran’s Dad has just been deployed overseas for six months and won’t be home until just before Christmas. He will miss Arran’s birthday. The deployment comes not long after the family moved to Inverness in May and Arran had to start a new school. While many military families move home regularly, this move was particularly difficult for the family as it happened just three weeks after Arran unexpectedly lost his Grandma to cancer at Easter.

Arran was nominated for Little Trooper of the Month by his Mum, Shannon, who explains: “The last few months have been very overwhelming for Arran so I nominated him for the Little Troopers award because I want him to know that we are so proud of him and we think he deserves a medal for everything he has been through.”

Speaking of his award win, Arran says: “I didn’t know my Mum nominated me, I am so happy that I have won the Little Troopers Award. Being a military child isn’t always easy but I’m really proud to have my own medal to show for it – just like my Dad.”

As ‘Little Trooper of the Month’, Arran will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and a £50 voucher.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “The Little Trooper of the Month award scheme is all about recognising military children who have been through a difficult time and have had to be especially brave or resilient. In the last six months Arran has had to cope with three of the biggest challenges facing military children – deployment, moving home and moving school – and to go through all of these just after losing his Grandma must have been especially difficult. We hope that this award helps Arran to feel proud of everything he has been through and shows him that we all think he is a special little trooper.”

This months Little Trooper of the Month Award is kindly sponsored by Baxter Storey.

BaxterStorey is the UK’s biggest independent foodservice provider of bespoke hospitality services through restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for a wide range of customers. http://www.baxterstorey.com/



Arran Dawson

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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.

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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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