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Armoured Med Regt awarded Firmin Sword

5 Armoured Medical Regiment has been awarded the Firmin Sword of Peace by HRH Countess of Wessex for its humanitarian work in both Sierra Leone and Kenya.

The men and women of the Catterick-based Regiment now boast one of the highest accolades that can be bestowed upon a military formation. The Firmin Sword of Peace is awarded for the most valuable contribution to humanitarian activities.

Firmin, makers of the sword, is steeped in the history of supplying the Armed Forces with swords, buttons and other uniform accoutrements. The company supplied the buttons that adorned Nelson’s uniform at Trafalgar.

The sword was presented to Lance Corporal Danielle Pattinson, who was selected for the honour as the most junior member of the Regiment during both its deployment to Sierra Leone and when it took part on Exercise ASKARI SERPENT in Kenya.

Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Jackson, said: “It’s a great honour to have the sword presented to us. It is really important for the young Soldiers who provided such a professional service in both Sierra Leone and Kenya to be suitably rewarded.”

Members of 5 Armoured Med Regt trained the Sierra Leone authorities in how to combat the ebola epidemic and isolate sufferers in order to contain the spread. In Kenya, they provided primary healthcare to some 3000 local civilians in some of the most remote parts.

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