Commendations recognise achievements in latest Operational Awards list

Acts of bravery and leadership have been recognised in the latest Operational Awards list, released today.

13 soldiers and officers have been awarded for a wide range of achievements from Engineering feats in South Sudan to saving lives in the UK and overseas. Just a sample of those  being recognised include:

Combat Medical Technician Lance Corporal Hannah Richardson, is to receive a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service following an insurgent attack in Afghanistan in February, following which she supported a mass casualty station at the coalition hospital. She orchestrated a team of soldiers – some senior to her - instructing them to complete tasks while applying treatment to the most critically wounded personnel herself.

Her citation states: “Her contribution directly improved the chances of survival of a number of injured personnel.  She acted far beyond her experience and rank in very demanding circumstances.  For her resourcefulness and control, she is eminently deserving of national recognition.”

During an off-duty shopping trip in April 19, Captain Karl Williams, Royal Logistic Corps, acted without hesitation or regard for his own safety to apprehend an individual with a firearm who was threatening the lives of others. He is being awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

His citation says: “The unconditional bravery and selfless commitment demonstrated by Williams was truly remarkable as he instinctively focussed on the safety of everyone else around him.  For acting so impressively in the face of danger, Williams is unequivocally deserving of formal and public recognition for his bravery.”

Engineer Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Smith, of the Corps of Royal Engineers, is also being recognised with a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service, for his ‘inspiring leadership’, whilst he commanded the Operation concluding the UK's 46-month commitment to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Faced with significant challenges, Lt Col Smith’s team’s achievements were commendable, including the completion of vital routes being rebuilt or upgraded.

His citation states: “His inspiring leadership, analysis and diplomacy have proved central to the success of redeployment. Smith has embodied the unerring focus on his mission and through his conduct the UK's hard-won reputation as an 'exemplar troop contributing country' was sustained.  For his inspirational conduct he is most deserving of formal recognition.”

The Army list for operations


Colonel Marcus James MUDD DSO


Colonel John Leslie BAYNHAM


Lance Corporal Elham SEDEQI, The Parachute Regiment

Staff Sergeant Jason Peter WILCOX, Intelligence Corps


Corporal Louise Lillian COOPER, Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Captain Alun Huw MORRIS, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Colonel Roderick Miles LEE

Lance Corporal Hannah RICHARDSON, Royal Army Medical Corps

Sergeant (now Staff Sergeant) Ashley Jade ROYLANCE, Intelligence Corps

Major Kerry Anne SCHULTZ, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew James Edney SMITH, Corps of Royal Engineers

For non-operational gallantry


Staff Sergeant Steven Wayne COCKBURN, The Royal Logistic Corps

Captain Karl Anthony WILLIAMS, The Royal Logistic Corps

Armed Forces Operational Awards List Number 54 is published in the London Gazette on 27 November 2020.  It includes awards in respect of worldwide operations for the period from 1 October 2019-31 March 2020.