Gongs awarded to Devon reservists

Picture at Castle Hill, Filleigh with Col Jeremy Smith-Bingham, who presented the medals, are Devon

Picture at Castle Hill, Filleigh with Col Jeremy Smith-Bingham, who presented the medals, are Devon Yeomanry Terriotorial Army members WO2 David Flynn, troopers Lee Woodfield, Neil Hobbs, Mark Ford and Lance Corporal Arthur Sproson. - Credit: Archant

Territorial Army soldiers attend medal parade at Castle Hill, Filleigh.

MEMBERS of the Royal Devon Yeomanry Territorial Army reservists have been presented with medals for service in Afghanistan and at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday at Castle Hill, Filleigh, hosted by Lord and Lady Arran, with medals presented by the squadron’s Honorary Colonel Jeremy Smith-Bingham.

Warrant Officer Second Class David Flynn, who received both the Afghanistan Medal and the Jubilee Medal, had worked as a security adviser with the Afghan National Army:

“I was in the regular army for 24 years and to join the TA and then go back out there was fantastic and a massive opportunity,” he said.

“It was really busy but also really rewarding to work with the Afghan Army to eventually get them in a position to take over their own country.”

Jubilee Medals also went to WO2 Paul Potter and Lance Corporal Thomas Williamson.

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ISAF Medals went to Lance Corporal Arthur Sproson, Trooper Neil Hobbs and Tpr Lee Woodfield.

Tpr Mark Ford was among five who received the Olympics Medal for their work in helping to make the Games a success. He served as part of the guard force at Weymouth and said: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the Games and part of the security force.” Sergeant Bill Brown, Tpr Tom Roe and Lcpl Thomas Williamson also received Olympic Medals.

The commanding officer of D Squadron, Royal Devon Yeomanry, Major James Morley, added: “Those reservists from Devon that volunteer for these duties and all those other reservists, families and employers that support them are critical for the future of this country’s defence and it is only right they should be honoured with these medals.

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