Selflessness and bravery cited in latest honours and awards

Ten Army personnel are being recognised in the latest Operational Awards List, published today in the London Gazette, in respect of worldwide operations for the period from 1 October 2021-31 March 2022.

A Mention in Despatches is awarded to Sergeant (Sgt) Adam Humphreys of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards for demonstrating bravery in the face of the enemy on numerous occasions. It was whilst serving as a UN peacekeeper in Mali, Sgt Humphreys’ actions resulted in the detention of armed men and a seizure of weapons.

His citation said these actions contributed to saving the lives of two soldiers who were pinned down. “His courageous actions in the face of the enemy have demonstrated the resolve of the United Nations peacekeepers and strengthened the reputation of the British Army amongst her allies,” it said.

Sgt Humphreys said: “I really enjoyed my deployment and found it really fulfilling. Our core job is reconnaissance, and it was great to be able to put all our training and experience into practice.” 

Non-operational bravery commendation

Although he has since retired, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Fraser Gee, formerly of the Royal Tank Regiment, is being recognised with a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (QCB) for his role at the scene of a road traffic accident.

LCpl Gee conducted triage and provided first aid to casualties and led the extraction of a casualty from a vehicle at risk of catching fire. He administered CPR until an off-duty paramedic arrived.

His citation cited his act of selflessness and said he remained at the scene giving first aid to casualties where he could.

Acting Corporal Stefan Cole, Royal Army Medical Corps, is recognised with a non-operational Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for saving the life of a casualty. The Army Aviation Winch Medic, was tasked with his MEDEVAC crew to extract the very seriously ill person through a very small gap in the jungle canopy.

His citation stated: “He conducted the mission faultlessly and worked relentlessly to stabilise the casualty during the flight to hospital, thereby saving his life.”

The Army list

OBE

Lieutenant Colonel William James Meddings, Royal Anglian Regiment

MBE

Major Benjamin Sean Costello Attrell, Corps of Royal Engineers

Major Steven John Howard, Army Air Corps

MID

Sergeant Adam James Humphreys, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards

QCVS

Staff Sergeant (now Warrant Officer Class Two) Meghann Kylie Bradbury, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

Captain Andrew Robert Macbeth, Royal Tank Regiment

Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Toyah Louise Palmer, Intelligence Corps

Captain Helena Katheryn Richardson, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Non-Operational Awards

QCB

Lance Corporal (now Retired) Fraser Alan Duncan Gee, Royal Tank Regiment

QCVS

Acting Corporal Stefan Cole, Royal Army Medical Corps


Approved Foreign Awards List

US BRONZE STAR MEDAL

Captain Henry Roger Milford Dutton, Coldstream Guards

MÉDAILLE DE LA DÉFENSE NATIONALE (ÉCHELON BRONZE)

Major Matthew Norman Byron, The Royal Logistic Corps, Volunteer Reserve

Corporal (now Sergeant) Christopher Graham, Royal Corps of Signals

Lieutenant Colonel (now Retired) James Landale Melville, Army Air Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Sean Findlay Scullion, Corps of Royal Engineers

ORDER OF THE CROWN OF BELGIUM (Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne)

General (now Retired) Sir Adrian Bradshaw, K.C.B. O.B.E. (Restricted Permission to Wear)