14 April 2011

Operational Honours List

Light blogging lately whilst dealing with the aftermath of the move. It's amazing what goes on in the world when you're not keeping track of your usual news sources....

ZUI this article (dated 25 Mar 11) from the MOD Defence News:
A total of 136 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards in the Operational Honours List dated today, 25 March 2011.

ZUI also this article:
Any one of the stories these brave servicemen and women have to tell is humbling. It seems invidious to single any out for special attention. The ones here give just a flavour of the calibre of not just the recipients of these awards, but of all our Armed Forces.

Ninety-three gallantry awards were made, including three Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses, five Distinguished Service Orders, 14 Military Crosses and a Distinguished Flying Cross. In addition to these, 43 meritorious awards were made, including three CBEs and four OBEs.

Members of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force were all included on the list. (The complete list is given in the first article linked to above.)

Amongst those honoured:

Corporal Isobel Ann Henderson, Royal Army Medical Corps, was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Corporal Dipprasad Pun, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, received the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC).

Acting Lance Corporal Kylie Elizabeth Watson, Royal Army Medical Corps, became the fourth woman to be awarded the Military Cross (MC).*

Squadron Leader Matthew David Roberts, Royal Air Force, received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).

(The above awards were all earned in Afghanistan.)

* The other three were also medics, two from the RAMC and one from the Royal Navy.

Photographs © Crown Copyright/MOD 2011.

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