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Personnel recognised in Birthday Honours

11 June 2016

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today, 11 Jun 16, recognises the achievements of 63 British Army personnel including an officer who is to be awarded an MBE for saving the lives of climbers caught up in an avalanche on Mount Everest following an earthquake in April 2015.

Major Andrew Todd, aged 36, was deputy leader of the G200 Everest Expedition, the attempt to put the first serving Gurkha on the summit to mark the 200th year of Gurkha service to the Crown, when the quake struck causing an avalanche on the mountain which killed 22 climbers. No one in their group was badly hurt.

Major Andrew Todd MBE Canterbury-born Major Todd and his fellow Gurkhas, many of whom had families in devastated regions, stayed to help rescue people from the mountain and help the clean-up operation. He said: “What we did was no different from what any soldier would have done. We stayed because we are British soldiers and that’s what they do. We had a duty to do what we did.”

On learning of his award, Major Todd, who is currently Second-in-Command of 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles in Folkestone, said: “Genuinely I’m staggered by this. It’s the biggest thing that has happened in my life since the earthquake.

“You think of the people who have gone before, who’ve been given the same award and part of me thinks that they’re such great people; I never really see myself in their shoes at all. So to have been given the same recognition feels like quite a responsibility. I was delighted.”

‘Inherent goodness’

Other recipients of awards include members of the Army Reserve and the regular Army who have been recognised for their dedication over long service careers.

RLC Reservist Major Carol Miller, a Unit Welfare Officer at ATC Pirbright, is also to receive an MBE for her dedication to the welfare of 3,500 people at Pirbright including staff, soldiers and their families. Maj Miller has dealt with cases ranging from suicide and domestic abuse to chronic debt and homesickness.

Royal Regiment of Scotland Reservist Captain Alan McEwen, Reserve Operations Support Officer with the 7th Battalion, has dedicated his life to supporting the battalion’s soldiers and their families. His commitment to veterans in Perth and Kinross is a further example of his willingness to volunteer to help others. He is being recognised with an MBE.

WO1 James Lang of the Royal Army Medical Corps was a Regimental Sergeant Major with 243 Field Hospital at the time of his recommendation for an MBE. His citation, which covers his period of service from 1995, states: “Fusing his infantry experience with his combat medic skills his success in this environment was proven by the closest of support to the 1 PARA battle-group on Op TELIC.

“He is a consummate medical soldier delivering, enabling and sustaining the highest level of care within the operational setting. His passionate efforts and success in supporting those with stammers reinforces the inherent goodness of the man.”

‘Selfless desire to help others’

RLC Reservist Sergeant Peter McAlindon, a chef with 167 Catering Support Regiment, is being recognised with a Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) for his dedicated and lengthy service. “A Reserve and Regimental ambassador on every level, his sense of duty and selfless desire to help others is extremely impressive and truly humbling,” his citation states. “He has delivered dynamic leadership, endless drive and supreme commitment throughout his Reserve service. He has consistently operated beyond expectations in all aspects of his capabilities.” His citation covers the period from 1994 to May 15.

Army awards

The Birthday Honours list recognises achievements of individuals, both civilian and military, whose contribution to British society warrants special recognition. Find out more via the link in the right-hand panel.

Knight Commander Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General John Gordon LORIMER, DSO MBE, late The Parachute Regiment

Knight Commander Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Andrew Richard GREGORY, CB, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

Companions of Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Major General Nicholas David ASHMORE, OBE, late Royal Regiment of Artillery
The Reverend Dr David George COULTER, QHC, late Royal Army Chaplain’s Department,
Lieutenant General Timothy Buchan RADFORD, DSO OBE, late The Light Infantry

Commanders of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier Christopher John GHIKA, OBE, late Irish Guards
Brigadier Robert Jason WALTON–KNIGHT, late Corps of Royal Engineers
Major General Robert Harry TALBOT–RICE, late Welsh Guards
Brigadier David Graeme ROBSON, late Royal Corps of Signals

Officers of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Major James Michael Henry ALLEN, MBE, The Rifles
Lieutenant Colonel Garry Royston BLEWITT, The Royal Welsh
Lieutenant Colonel James Peter COOK, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Colonel Simon Peter FITZGIBBON, late Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher PALMER, The Light Dragoons
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Philip SMITH, The Rifles
Lieutenant Colonel Giles Matthew TIMMS, MC, The Parachute Regiment

Members of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Major Devendra ALE, MVO, The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Captain Michael George Hugh ALLAN, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Major Michael James ATKINSON, Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)
Acting Major Matthew John BARD, The Mercian Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart CATTERMULL, The Royal Irish Regiment
Major Graham Jackson CLARKE, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Fraser Graham Barry CUTTLE, General List, Army Reserve
Major Andrew Raymond DAVIES, Corps of Royal Engineers
Warrant Officer Class 2 Richard Jimmy DAVIES, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Major Arthur David James DAWE, Scots Guards
Major Andrew Lawrence DUGGAN, The Royal Logistic Corps
Chaplain to the Forces (3rd Class) John Charles DUNCAN, Royal Army Chaplains’ Department
Major William Leslie EDEN, The Rifles
Major Adam Nicholas Baron FODEN, DSO, The Royal Lancers
Captain Ceri Lee GREEN, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personal Support Branch), Army Reserve
Major Nigel Lionel GREENWOOD, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Major Rachel GRIMES, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Carlos Anthony HAMLET, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Corporal Robert Ian HARPER, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Mark Daniel HENDRY, Corps of Royal Engineers
Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Gregory Ian JEX, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major Malcolm James Ross JUNOR, Royal Tank Regiment
Major Christopher Matthew LANE, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Warrant Officer Class 1 James LANG, Royal Army Medical Corps
Warrant Officer Class 1 Alexander William LITTLE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major John Samuel Thomas MATEER, Irish Guards
Captain Alan Graham McEWEN, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Army Reserve
Warrant Officer Class 2 David Benjamin McFARLAND, Intelligence Corps
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Robin Ian MELLING, Army Air Corps
Major Carol MILLER, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve
Major Paul MORT, The Parachute Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel William George PRIOR, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Major Yambahadur RANA, MVO, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Staff Sergeant Catharine Ann REEVES, Intelligence Corps
Warrant Officer Class 2 Matthew Stuart SEMPLE, The Parachute Regiment
Captain Karen TAIT, Adjutant General’s Corps (Royal Military Police), Army Reserve
Major Andrew Patrick TODD, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Major Ben WALTERS, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Royal Red Cross (RRC)

As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class
Major Sara Bernice HAWKINS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Major Mari Louise RODEN, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Captain Harriet Ann SLOSS, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Major Sarah Kate THOM, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM)

Sergeant John Rowland BUTLER, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch), Army Reserve
Sergeant Peter McALINDON, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Julian Mark PICTON, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve
Colonel Stephen William RAYSON, late The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve
Warrant Officer Class 2 Neil STEVENS, The Parachute Regiment, Army Reserve

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) recognises a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

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