Hitchin soldiers commended by Lord Lieutenant

Soldiers from the Hitchin-based TA centre were commended

Soldiers from the Hitchin-based TA centre were commended - Credit: Archant

SOLDIERS based in Comet country have been commended for their service in the Territorial Army (TA).

Six people from the D Squadron 254 Medical Regiment received awards in front of friends and family at the TA Centre based in Bedford Road, Hitchin.

Between them, they have toured Afghanistan, volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics and led other soldiers in combat.

Last Wednesday, they were presented with various awards by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Air Vice Marshall Merriman, including Lord Lieutenant certificates and Olympic medallions.

Captain Jim McFarland, who is based in Hitchin, said: “Having him in attendance at the TA Centre was not only a great opportunity to have a former senior officer present the prestige awards of the Lord Lieutenant’s certificates, but also to present other medals for long service and operational commitments that the squadron has been involved in.

“All those who attended including friends and relatives thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”

Staff Sergeant Robert Jamison and Sergeant Derrick Sims both received the Lord Lieutenants certificates, while Captain Gav Bacon was awarded the Operational Service Medal for completing a tour of Afghanistan, as well as a Royal Warrant for commissioning into the TA.

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Lieutenant Clare Mayes was also awarded the Royal Warrant for commissioning into the TA, as well as the Voluntary Reserve Medal for 10 years’ service.

And both Lance Corporal Katie Millman and Private Ryan Cannon were presented with the OP OLYMPIC Medallion for service to the UK during the London 2012 Games.

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