Soldiers and officers cited for New Year Honours in 2023 List

Fifty-nine Army personnel are recognised in the New Year Honours List 2023, announced in the London Gazette today, 30 December 2022 - the first state honours to be signed off by His Majesty King Charles.

Personnel have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in transforming the Army Reserves, a lifetime of dedication for a master craftsman and those who inspire the next generation of soldiers. Additionally, some are recognised for their pioneering work in the treatment of COVID patients and their support to both military and civilians communities alike.

Pioneering Care for COVID patients

Lieutenant Colonel Jeyasankar Jeyanathan is a Consultant Intensivist with Joint Hospital Group, South East. During the COVID pandemic he worked as a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care at St George’s Hospital in London where for over nine months he doubled his hours to care for critically unwell COVID patients.

In his secondary role as a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services doctor for Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance he helped maintain and innovate enduring essential emergency services for the communities of south-east England, at a time when non-COVID NHS care was severely stretched. He developed not one but two distinct transfer services for critically ill patients to manage the pandemic-induced local and regional critical care bed shortages. The changes he brought about ensured critical care beds and safe transfer were available for any patient in the region who required the highest level of medical and nursing care.

For his incredible commitment he is awarded an OBE.

Transforming the Army Reserves

Major General Simon Graham, VR is the Director of Reserves at Army Headquarters. Maj Gen Graham has had a distinguished career in both the Territorial and Regular Army where he deployed on seven operational tours before retiring in 1997 and re-joining the Reserves. He became Director of Reserves in 2020 and has been the driving force at the very centre of transforming the Army’s Reserve Forces and their integrated role in the Army’s ‘Future Soldier’ program in deployed operations and UK Resilience. He has overseen huge transformations in the Reserves, successfully bringing together the Integrated Review with Reserves Forces 2030 and a range of ongoing initiatives. He has been made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB).

Maj Gen Graham said: “I am honoured and humbled to have been recognised in this way for my work with the Army Reserve. The honour is received on behalf of all reservists in the Army who together contribute so much, so willingly and so brilliantly.

“I am particularly pleased that a number of other Army reservists have also been recognised in this New Year’s list, and hope that this may serve as reaffirmation that regulars and reservists are of one company; all part of the same, amazing British Army team.”

Selfless Commitment to bereaved parents

In 2020 Corporal Hollie Davis, a Combat Medical Technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps, suffered a devastating tragedy when her son, aged only 20 weeks, passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Despite her unimaginable grief, she has used her experience and her extraordinary leadership qualities to help others who have faced similar tragedy.

In March 2021 Hollie created the Army Child Bereavement Network, which grew to 65 members in its first week, and so she broadened the network to become a pan-Defence initiative, allowing her to support service people during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Incredibly, she has also independently qualified as a breastfeeding support worker to help mothers within the community with infant feeding issues, displaying incredible bravery around other new mothers whilst mourning the loss of her son.

Throughout all of this Hollie has remained a dedicated soldier and has deployed in support of numerous operations, exercises and activities with Cyclops Squadron, The Royal Tank Regiment. She played a key role in planning and implementing COVID Force Health Protection measures and still finds time to lead physical training sessions as an All Arms Physical Training Instructor.

For her incredible leadership and selfless commitment, she is awarded an MBE.

On learning of her aware, Hollie said: “I’m so shocked I don’t have words. I’ve had lots of tears but no words. It still hasn’t really sunk in. I don’t know who nominated me, and because you don’t know that, you don’t expect to ever have that phone call. I’m speechless!”

Speaking of the network she created, Hollie said: “When I lost my son, everybody in the Army wanted to help me but nobody knew how, nobody knew what to say. People said nothing or said ridiculous things. Setting up the network helped me going forward, to try and not let that be someone else’s experience.

“I’m proud to run the network. It’s a nice safe space for people to be able to talk about the worst thing that could ever happen to you, I think, losing a child or a pregnancy is definitely one of the worst things that could ever happen.

“Lots of people get lots of different things from it. For some people it’s the care package, for some it’s the signposting to outside charities or support groups. For others it’s knowing that other people have gone through something similar. It will never be the same, but just to know that people survive it.”

A lifetime of dedication for a Master Saddler

In what has been a remarkable year in an already outstanding career for one of the Royal Artillery’s finest soldiers, Warrant Officer (Class 2) Godfrey Boyd Morris, Master Saddler of King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery is to be awarded the MBE.

On learning of his award, Godfrey said: “I’m very grateful and pleased, but very humbled at the same time. When I got the news I was a little bit stunned, you don’t know what to say. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen to me.”

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1974, Godfrey spent six years in the Jamaican Defence Force and after moving to the UK at the age of 25, joined The King’s Troop in 2001 as a Mounted Gunner, working with horses, before going on to do an apprenticeship as a Saddler.

Godfrey was responsible for all the saddles, harnesses and bridles of the horses taking part in the 10-day operation for the funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with crucial involvement in the procession where Her coffin was borne on a Gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery for her Lying in State in Westminster Hall. WO2 Morris walked beside her coffin on the procession, and it was one of the most privileged and honoured moments of his life.

He has fond memories of discussing saddlery with Her Majesty The Queen, who was something of an expert, during her visits to The Kings Troop at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which he also attended many times. He said, “I am fortunate to have met Her Majesty on a few occasions at her residence in Windsor. While visiting our saddlery workshop she said that the work was absolutely beautiful, which was quite humbling for me. To be part of the Trooping the Colour Parade for the Platinum Jubilee, a once in a millennia achievement, was an all-round privilege and honour.”

He has been the Master Saddler for eight years and has just one year left to serve in the Army. He heads up a team of four apprentices who, like all those that have gone before them, flourish under his tutelage. In the last year his tremendous achievements in encouraging, mentoring and training the current and next generations of saddlers was professionally recognised at the highest level when he was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

Reflecting on the moment he was told of his award, Godfrey said: “I was summoned by my commanding officer and worried I’d done something wrong, but she had a big smile on her face. I was really nervous, but she said she had some really good news.

“I sat back in the chair and froze. You are between happiness and shock. It caught me totally off guard. You want to live the moment, but you don’t know what to do or what to say. It was a lovely moment and one I will remember forever.”

Inspirational role model

Sergeant Jade Baptie has been given an MBE for her work as a Section Commander at the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) between 2019 and 2021. The role saw her delivering the 14-week basic training given to all recruits before they learn the specialist skills of their chosen Army trade, with the COVID pandemic bringing additional complexity to training recruits. Social distancing rules made teaching skills such as first aid and weapon handling challenging, whilst ensuring the same high standard of training.

Jade’s citation praises the 31-year-old as ‘an exceptional female role model in a male dominated environment who has, through her tremendous work ethic and uncompromising personal standards, unlocked the potential in dozens of recruits’.

“I was speechless when I was told about the MBE," said Jade. "I feel like I just did my job. I got a massive sense of satisfaction from the work at Pirbright. We see recruits on the first day of their Army career, and a lot have come from difficult backgrounds or have personal issues. After 14 weeks you see a different person, and to know that you’ve helped them to overcome challenges and get the best out of themselves is hugely rewarding.”  

She has deployed on operations in Afghanistan and Cyprus and is currently serving with Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

The New Year’s Honours List 2023 - Army

PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH

As Knight Commander

Lieutenant General Charles Roland Vincent WALKER, DSO

As Companions

Major General Ludwig Karl FORD, CBE

Major General Simon John Malise GRAHAM, VR

Lieutenant General James Francis Pardoe SWIFT, OBE

PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

As Commanders

Brigadier Ben James CATTERMOLE, MBE

Brigadier Edwin David COLTHUP

Major General Mark PULLAN, MBE

Brigadier Khashayar Dominic SHARIFI, OBE

As Officers

Lieutenant Colonel (now Acting Colonel) James Edwin ASHWORTH, The Yorkshire Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick James FARRELL, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel James Anthony FAUX, The Rifles

Colonel Andrew James Charles GEARY

Lieutenant Colonel Jeyasankar JEYANATHAN, Royal Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Joanna LIMBREY, Royal Corps of Signals

Colonel Peter Michael SKINSLEY, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Colin WOOD, MBE, The Parachute Regiment

As Members

Sergeant Jade Diane BAPTIE, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Philip CHAMBERS, The Rifles, Army Reserve

Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew James CHATTAWAY, Intelligence Corps

Major Robert McAllister CRAWFORD, The Royal Logistic Corps

Corporal Hollie Haviland DAVIS, Royal Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Billy DILKES, The Royal Logistic Corps

Major Peter Thomas Arthur DOBINSON, Corps of Royal Engineers

Captain Alexander William Geyton EDMUND, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Major Richard Paul FOWLES, Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)

Captain George Herbert Samuel GIBSON, Corps of Royal Engineers

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Francis GILES, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Sergeant David Steven HANNA, The Royal Dragoon Guards

Captain Tristram Gary HOUGH, Corps of Royal Engineers

Warrant Officer Class 2 Waylon Christopher Isaac JANG, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Corporal Pardeep KAUR, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Paul LETHBRIDGE, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Major Thomas LLOYD-JUKES, Royal Tank Regiment

Major William Clifford McAULEY, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Lance Corporal (now Acting Corporal) Richard Alexander MILBURN, Intelligence Corps, Army Reserve

Warrant Officer Class 1 Daniel James MILLER, Royal Corps of Signals

Major Philip Nicholas MOONEY, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Robin MOORE, Army Air Corps

Warrant Officer Class 2 Godfrey Boyd MORRIS, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Warrant Officer 2 Abimbola Felix OLUWASONA, The Royal Logistic Corps

Warrant Officer Class 1 Carl John RYAN, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Lieutenant Colonel Michael James SHARP, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Sergeant Alastair Lee SMITH, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment/The Ranger Regiment

Major Calvin James SMITH, The Parachute Regiment

Staff Sergeant Shane Alan Thomas SMITH, Royal Corps of Signals

Major Sophie Jane SPENCER-SMALL, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Bede STRONG, VR, Royal Tank Regiment, Army Reserve

Major Philip John SWEENEY, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Army Reserve

Major David Robert THATCHER, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Captain (now Acting Major) Daljinder Singh VIRDEE, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Reserve

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen John WOODINGS, Corps of Royal Engineers

Corporal Kelvin Jordan ZINGANO, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

ROYAL RED CROSS

As an Ordinary Member of the Royal Red Cross, First Class

Lieutenant Colonel Gary MARTIN, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class

Major Michael Ian COLLINS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

Major Shaun Francis Stainislaus McGARRY, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

KING’S VOLUNTEER RESERVES MEDAL

Brigadier Simon Robert GOLDSTEIN, MBE, VR, Army Reserve

Staff Sergeant Paul Edward HILTON, VR, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, Army Reserve

Captain Colin Alexander McDONALD, VR, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve

Major Gary Leslie STRAIN, VR, The Royal Irish Regiment, Army Reserve