Josh’s Army dreams cruelly dashed

Image by Sgt Paul Morrison  Junior Soldier Joshua Byard, 18,  with his trophy for the Most Improved Junior Soldier.

Image by Sgt Paul Morrison Junior Soldier Joshua Byard, 18, with his trophy for the Most Improved Junior Soldier.

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An award-winning Army Cadet from Ilkeston has had his lifelong dream of joining the full-time armed forces cruelly dashed after being diagnosed with a condition that will attack his eyesight and cannot be cured.

Josh Byard, 18, was presented with the coveted Gilbert Statuette as the Most Improved Junior Soldier when he passed out from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate this week.

But it was a bitter-sweet moment as he stepped forward and received the honour. For he knew that unlike his fellow graduates, he wouldn’t be taking up his dream career as a soldier because he has been diagnosed with Stargardt Disease after a routine eye test at Ilkeston Specsavers.

 

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