Ashley Fulford has served with Devon Army cadet Force for 40 years

When Ashley Fulford joined Devon Army Cadet Force aged 12, he never imagined it would lead to an OBE 40 years later.

Colonel Fulford, 52 from Bishops Tawton, has been the commandant of Devon ACF for the past three years.

He joined the ACF while he was a schoolboy in Torrington.

“It’s quite unbelievable, I feel very lucky and honoured to have been nominated and then accepted – it’s not what I ever expected,” he said.

“There are lots of people like myself out there doing lots of good work and I am just lucky to be one of those picked for recognition.

“I have been well supported by many good people over the years – you are only as good as the people that mentor you and the team you have around you.”