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Honour for the most brave and dedicated

02 July 2015

Soldiers, engineers and medics who deployed to Sierra Leone on Operation GRITROCK* are among 55 armed forces personnel being recognised in the latest Operational Honours and Awards list published today.

Operational Honours and Awards list 44 recognises the bravery, commitment and meritorious service of all three services around the world. Many other recipients are being honoured for their contribution to Op HERRICK in Afghanistan.

Recipients include Staff Sergeant Adam Marshall, 37, of the Corps of Royal Engineers, who will receive the MBE for delivering a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in just eight weeks in Sierra Leone, whilst fulfilling the role of site commander, a role usually undertaken by a Captain. His citation says Adam should receive national recognition for ‘demonstrating maturity and leadership far beyond his rank’.

A Military Plant Foreman with Nottingham-based 170 Infrastructure Support Group, Adam said: “It’s slightly surreal to be honest. It sounds like an old cliché but obviously I was doing my job in Sierra Leone, and I don’t class it as anything other than that. I was quite shocked to be fair.”

The list of British Army recipients, which recognises service between 1 July and 31 Dec 14, is below:

Afghanistan

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier Darrell Peter AMISON, OBE late The Royal Logistic Corps

Brigadier Robert John THOMSON, DSO MBE late The Rifles

 

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Acting Colonel (now Lt Col) Ash Giles ALEXANDER-COOPER, MBE The Royal Gurkha Rifles

Lieutenant Colonel (now Col) Charles Seymour COLLINS, DSO MBE The Rifles

 

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Captain Daniel FERGUSON Adjutant General’s Corps (Royal Military Police)

Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 (now Staff Sergeant) Sean Liam Horwood PURSER Corps of Royal Engineers

 

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Acting Colonel Neil Alexander DEN-MCKAY, OBE The Royal Regiment of Scotland

 

Associate Royal Red Cross Medal (ARRC)

Acting Major (now Captain) Harry Karl WALLACE Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

 

Mention in Despatches (MiD)

Staff Sergeant (now acting WO2) James David BULL Army Air Corps

Sergeant (Staff Sergeant) David Anthony GRIMSHAW Royal Army Medical Corps

Captain James George Ogilvie SUTHERLAND The Rifles

 

Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (QCB)

Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Ruth MATUSKA Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

 

Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Acting Captain (now Captain) Julie Christina THAIN-SMITH Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service

Trooper (now Lance Corporal) Marcus Wyndham DAVIES 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards

Lance Bombardier (now Bombardier) James NURDIN Royal Regiment of Artillery

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Julia Mary PARKE-ROBINSON Adjutant General’s Corps (Royal Military Police)

Brigadier Bruce Woolger Osborne RUSSELL, MBE late The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Roland THORNE Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

 


Rest of the World

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier Stephen Christopher MCMAHON, MBE late The Royal Logistic Corps

 

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Alastair GARROW Corps of Royal Engineers

Lieutenant Colonel Alison Louise MCCOURT, ARRC Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

 

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Major Thomas Edward FLETCHER Royal Army Medical Corps

Staff Sergeant Adam Landers MARSHALL Corps of Royal Engineers

 

Mention in Despatches (MiD)

Sergeant Christopher DAY Intelligence Corps

 

Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class Reverend Christopher Neil KELLOCK Royal Army Chaplains’ Department

Lieutenant Colonel David Myles MAXWELL The Royal Logistic Corps

Corporal Christopher MYERS The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Acting Sergeant Andrew William PORTE Intelligence Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Nigel Peter RHODES The Yorkshire Regiment

Sergeant (now Staff Sergeant) Bikram THAPA The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

 


Miscellaneous

Captain Mark James GOLD Royal Army Medical Corps

 

* Operation GRITROCK is the name of Britain’s role in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

 

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