British Soldiers Recognised for Service on Operations
22 Members of the British Army Honoured
The Armed Forces Operational Awards List 47 has been published in the London Gazette with 48 members of the Armed Forces being cited for exceptional service in respect of worldwide operations for the period 1 April to 30 September 2016. One non-operational award for gallantry is also being awarded.
Twenty-two of those are members of the Army, with soldiers and officers recognised for various high-level missions from Africa to the Middle East including Somalia, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. One civil servant is also recognised in the list.
Queen’s Commendation for Sapper
Reservist Philippa Proud, a qualified Civil Engineer and Sapper with Chilwell-based 65 Works Group, Royal Engineers, was recognised with a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for providing high-level project management ‘far beyond her rank’.
Philippa’s duties included producing detailed and precise engineering designs in direct support of operational requirements; including being the civil engineering lead for the design project to support the deployment of 250 personnel to an airbase in Iraq.
Corporal Mahesh Gurung of Folkstone-based Royal Gurkha Rifles was a Platoon Sergeant for the protection mentors at the Afghan National Officer Academy during his deployment to Afghanistan last summer. His outstanding efforts and operational performance of the highest calibre are also being recognised with a QCVS.
Paras Most Commended Regiment
Andover-based Major David Stead (pictured), Officer Commanding 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers, is being recognised for life-saving work in the Sinai as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) group monitoring peace in the peninsula, when it came under threat of Islamic State terrorists.
On learning of his award, Major Steed said it was “very humbling”.
“The hard work of our deployment was done by the soldiers of 9 Parachute Squadron (and those attached to us for the tour); without their enthusiasm, determination and professionalism, none of the improvement works would have been possible,” he said.
Noting the work of the squadron, part of the Very High Readiness Air Assault Task Force, the citation states: “Their work directly contributed to the increased survivability of the international forces and undoubtedly saved lives by providing protection from direct and indirect fire. Stead’s singular contribution is undoubtedly deserving of formal recognition.” He is to be awarded a QCVS.
A total of nine soldiers from the Parachute Regiment were honoured in the list; ten including Major Stead.
Gallantry Medal for Medic
Lance Corporal Samuel Butler, Royal Army Medical Corps, is to receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM) for non-operational gallantry with regards to an ‘exemplary act of bravery’ during the British Hang Gliding Nationals in France. Following a mid-air collision between two gliders, Samuel assessed the injuries to the most seriously injured pilot, before commencing critical first aid to stabilise him.
His citation states: “The level of care given by Butler was akin to that normally delivered by a specialist trained in pre-hospital emergency care and facilitated the injured pilot’s survival. Butler’s heroism is worthy of high national recognition.”
British Army Personnel in the Armed Forces Operational Awards List 47
OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
Colonel Angus MacGillivray MC
Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel) James Martin DSO MC, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel) Geoffrey Minton MBE, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
Acting Major Thomas Goodall, The Royal Logistic Corps
Lieutenant Colonel David Lee, The Parachute Regiment
Colour Sergeant William Thomas, The Parachute Regiment
QGM (Queen’s Gallantry Medal)
Captain Giles Moon, The Royal Lancers
MiD (Mention in Dispatches)
Private Dominic Hopkinson, The Parachute Regiment
Colour Sergeant Steven Nixon, The Parachute Regiment
QCB (Queen’s Commendation for Bravery)
Sergeant Paul Byrne, The Parachute Regiment
QCVS (Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service)
Corporal Jamie Calvert, The Parachute Regiment
Corporal Mahesh Gurung, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Major Edward Harris, Corps of Royal Engineers
Colonel Robert Howieson, Army Headquarters
Major Edwin Oldfield, Royal Gurkha Rifles
Major Colin Oliver MBE, The Rifles
Sapper Philippa Proud (Reservist), Corps of Royal Engineers
Staff Sergeant Christopher Rhodes, Royal Corps of Signals
Acting Brigadier James Roddis DSO MBE
Major David Stead, Corps of Royal Engineers
Miss Lisa Wain, Joint Force Command, Civil Service
QGM (Queen’s Gallantry Medal)
Acting Corporal Samuel Butler, Royal Army Medical Corps
Featured Image: British Army, Life Guards, A Corporal of Horse (CoH) proudly displays his medals by Harland Quarrington (Crown Copyright, 2011).