The honours were originally due to be published in June but were delayed because of the Coronavirus pandemic and today’s list features recipients who have played a significant role in helping to tackle the virus.
The COVID Support Force saw troops take on a multitude of tasks from driving oxygen tankers to support the NHS, through to delivering PPE to front-line workers; driving ambulances, running Mobile Testing Units and designing and constructing Nightingale hospitals. And, medics regularly found themselves working in frontline NHS hospitals, delivering vital treatment.
Of those included in the Birthday honours is Major Emma Allen, of the Royal Signals. On her own initiative, she led a team of 80 tri-service military co-responders to deliver critical medical reinforcement to the South-Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. She identified that military co-responders could provide an invaluable enhancement to SCAS; which was facing an unprecedented increase in demand.
Emma is recognised with an MBE.
Another inspiring name to feature on the list is Captain Steven Henry, of 1 Regt Royal Logistic Corps, the co-chairperson of the Army BAME network.
Capt Henry will receive an MBE for his 20 years of dedication to improving the lived experience of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority soldiers and officers in the British Army. His citation states: “His personal leadership has provided inspiration to serving young BAME officers and soldiers and created strong advocacy across all communities within the Army.”
There are so many positive stories behind the honours, a few others to highlight are:
Maj B A Foster, RE – For ‘outstanding’ support to planning and delivery of NHS Nightingale Harrogate.
Maj Foster’s development of concept designs and a prototype to enable the rapid procurement of effective COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units was similarly remarkable. In the space of just three weeks and in the face of overwhelming imperatives, he made two incisive contributions of regional and national importance.
Maj G S Jackson, RE – Referred to as a ‘Nightingale lynchpin’ whose pioneering work in London provided blueprints for 9 further builds across UK.
With no blueprint or precedence to follow, he brought clarity to complexity, inspired pragmatic problem solving and collaboration to deliver at pace, and crucially shared lessons and best practice across the nation. His impact in a campaign of national survival and on the confidence of NHS was critical.
Royal Red Cross
WO1 R J Lazarus, QARANC – Leadership on Op TRENTON (South Sudan).
WO1 Lazarus delivered a first-rate clinical effect.
He exemplifies the type of Warrant Officer his subordinates should aspire to follow, always leading by example with the highest standards of clinical care and an exceptionally strong military ethos.
Volunteer Reserves - Col R S T Murphy, TD VR – Exceptional commitment.
Col Murphy has spent 34 years in the Army Reserves, rising from Trooper to Colonel. He has given consistent and exceptional commitment to the Army throughout.
Lt Col T J Brent, RE – For leadership and support.
Deployed to the operational hub known as Standing Joint Command (SJC) and into NHS HQ to assist 101X delivering support to the frontline health workers. His contribution to setting up the Nightingale Centres, providing specialist advice and support is what makes his work as exceptional.
Lt Col S T Thorne, RAMC – Support and leadership.
As lead Emergency Dept Consultant for the response to Covid at UH Plymouth NHS Trust, he was instrumental in ensuring the largest Trust in Devon and Cornwall was able to mount a rapid and effective response and ensure delivery of safe patient care throughout the crisis.
Brig C R P Ginn – Leadership.
Responsible for Defence’s contribution to the UK resilience operations in support of other Government Departments, including the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the response to Saddleworth Moor fires, countering drones at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, support to the Whaley Bridge Dam breach.
In a message to all those included in the honours, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Congratulations to our remarkable Armed Forces personnel who have been granted state honours by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List.
“Our service men and women have continued to do our nation proud by standing ready to protect Britain from all threats, including Covid-19. I’m grateful for their commitment and dedication, and it is great to see it recognised today.”
The Venerable Clinton Matthew LANGSTON, QHC
Major General Gerald Ian MITCHELL, MBE
Brigadier Christopher Matthew Balmer COLES
Colonel (now Brigadier) Charles Richard Patrick GINN
Colonel Andrew Nicholas SZABO
Brigadier Neil Bryan THORPE, OBE
Brigadier William Stewart Codrington WRIGHT, OBE
Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Ashley Philip AMOS, Intelligence Corps Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel) Peter William Stanhope BAINES, MBE, The Rifles
Lieutenant Colonel Debra Jane BLACKMAN, Intelligence Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy John BRENT, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vaughan COOPER, MBE, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Lieutenant Colonel Alex Richard FORSYTH, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Colonel Ian Paul GIBSON
Lieutenant Colonel John HARVEY, Adjutant General’s Corps (RMP)
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Thomas HORNE, Royal Army Medical Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher David Damien O’HALLORAN, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Balfour POOLE, Royal Army Medical Corps
Colonel Clinton Mark RILEY, Army Cadet Force
Lieutenant Colonel James Samuel SKELTON, MBE, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
Major Emma Jane ALLEN, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Louise BATES, Adjutant General’s Corps (ETS Branch), Army Reserve
Corporal (now Sergeant) Thomas Ashley BATES, Intelligence Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 (now Captain) Adam Thomas BIENIASZ, Intelligence Corps
Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Victor Eric BLEAKLEY, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Lieutenant Colonel Alistair John BRYANT, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Captain Kevin Philip CARTER, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major Christopher Furness COLES, Corps of Royal Engineers
Sergeant Mark Stephen CONWAY, VR, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Staff Sergeant Christopher Thomas DENMAN, Royal Corps of Signals
Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Spencer Frederick ELLIOTT, Adjutant General’s Corps (Army Legal Services Branch)
Major Benjamin Alistair FOSTER, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major Richard Phillip GRIMSDELL, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Staff Sergeant (Local Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 (Unpaid)) John Robert HARPER, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)
Corporal David Thomas HEMMINGS, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Captain Steven Walter HENRY, The Royal Logistic Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 James Christopher HOBDEN, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Antony Edward IRELAND, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Gary Stuart JACKSON, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major Antony William JOHNSON, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Major Arianne May KIDD, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Adam Paul KURZEJA, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major (now Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Andrew McDERMOTT, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Acting Lieutenant Colonel (now Major) Philip Charles Edgar MILEHAM, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Major Robert Leasing John MONGER, Corps of Royal Engineers
Acting Major Ebrahim Ahmed MUKHTAR, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Kitioni NAIVALURUA, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Corporal (now Sergeant) Joseph William NEVITT, Army Air Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 Kelly Louise NEWBOUND, The Royal Logistic Corps
Acting Sergeant (now Sergeant) Matthew Kevin PAGET, Intelligence Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 (now Captain) Simon William PATRICK, The Yorkshire Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel James Lee PEARCE, The Yorkshire Regiment
Major Michael Jonathan PIMM, Army Air Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Wayne PLEDGER, The Yorkshire Regiment
Major Colin PRENTICE, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Sergeant Ian Robert PRING, VR, The Parachute Regiment, Army Reserve
Major Gemma Elizabeth STONEBRIDGE-SMITH, Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)
Major Andrew John TIERNAN, Grenadier Guards
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Conrad TURPIN, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Major Nicholas Adam VYE, The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own)
Captain (now Major) Harry Andrew WALTER, Intelligence Corps
Major (now Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Stuart David WEIR-ANSELL, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major Alistair James WOOD, Combined Cadet Force
Royal Red Cross
Sergeant (now Captain) Siobhan Irene DAVIS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Major Johan Marie DEWS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 Richard John LAZARUS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Staff Sergeant Helen MARSHALL, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Captain Hisham Bahjat HALAWI, VR, General List, Army Reserve
Colonel Robert Stuart Thomas MURPHY, TD VR, Army Reserve
Colonel Mark Andrew SIMPSON, TD VR, Army Reserve
Major David Arthur TITHERIDGE, TD VR, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Llewelyn Tremayne WILLIAMS, TD VR, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Reserve