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CURRENT AND FORMER SERVICE PERSONNEL NAMED IN NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST

CURRENT AND FORMER SERVICE PERSONNEL NAMED IN NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST

20 Jan 16:00 by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

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The achievements of a large number of currently serving and ex-military personnel have been recognised in the Queen’s 2016 New Year Honours list.

Falklands War veteran Simon Weston, who already held an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), was also awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in this year’s list. Mr Weston, who suffered horrific injuries on board the Sir Galahad in 1982, earned his latest honour for his charity work for a number of causes, including service veterans’ charities.

He said: "To be given the CBE for charity work means a great deal to me because it's something that I have been very passionate about over the past 33 years. I still have to pinch myself. I'm just a boy from a coal mining village in the valleys."

D-Day veteran George Batts, aged 90, was also honoured with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Mr Batts was just 18 when he landed in Normandy as part of the Allied invasion.

He said: “It means a hell of a lot to me, not only to recognise the work I’ve done over the years, but my aim in life is that the Normandy veterans are never forgotten.”

Afghanistan veteran Cpl Carl McAvoy, was honoured for returning to service after suffering a shooting injury and Reservist Captain Naveed Muhammad, who served in the Balkans, received recognition for serving as a role model and enhancing relations between the Army and the Muslim community.

Some of those involved in fighting the 2015 outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus were also honoured. These included Major Albert Keeling, who was awarded an MBE for his part in setting up an Ebola Field Hospital in Sierra Leone.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to all the military and civilian personnel working in Defence who have been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Their dedication and achievements help to keep Britain safe and they deserve our wholehearted thanks and praise.”