Jack overcomes the odds

Back in 2014, Jack Davies (Devine, 2015) was diagnosed with leukaemia. Earlier this month, he became an officer in the Royal Navy and will be starting university in September. His is a story of courage, hard work and an enterprising mind not easily beaten.

He passed the Admiralty Interview Board in January and was accepted as a Deck Officer Cadet in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. His cancer diagnosis had earlier prevented him from joining the military directly (he needed to be five years post treatment), so he pursued the RFA and started training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Even to get that far, he had previously had to re-sit a maths module to improve his A Level result so he had the grades to go into the Royal Navy Officer selection process. This he arranged to do whilst travelling, so he sat it in Australia!

Then, earlier this month, he sent us this message:

“Yesterday, I passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, as an officer. It was a fantastic day and definitely one of the happiest of my entire life. 

“The next step is a BSc  in Nautical Science, that the Navy has sponsored me for in Southampton. They are paying the full tuition and salary on top. Very, very pleased with that one. So I am going to university after all.”

What an amazing young man and Old Clayesmorian. Good luck to you, Jack; we’re very proud of you indeed.