News story: New Year Honours for service personnel and defence civilians 2015

31 civilians have also been honoured either for work in the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of UK Defence.

The 156 defence personnel named in the New Year Honours List for 2015 are listed below.

Royal Navy Awards


Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Companion


Vice Admiral Peter Derek HUDSON CBE

Promotions in and Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Knight Commander



Vice Admiral David George STEEL CBE DL

As Commanders


Brigadier Mark William DUNHAM OBE

Rear Admiral Russell George HARDING OBE

Rear Admiral Ian Michael JESS

Captain Paul MARSHALL

As Officers


Captain Paul Richard CASSON

Lieutenant Colonel Simon CHAPMAN Royal Marines

Captain Steven HOLT

Commander Ian Herbert LYNN

Lieutenant Colonel James Patrick MCLAREN Royal Marines

Commander Stephen Mark Richard MOORHOUSE

Captain Peter James TOWELL

As Members


Lieutenant Jack BRIGHT

Warrant Officer 2 (Communications Technician) Stephen BULLEN

Chief Petty Officer Airman (Aircraft Handler) John CAMPBELL

Lieutenant Commander Shatadeep CHATTERJEE

Warrant Officer 1 (Physical Trainer) Darren Sean CHILDS

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Luciano DE REYA Royal Marines

Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering Submarines) Colin DUGUID

Major Darren HUNT MM Royal Marines

Warrant Officer 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major Paul Wilson) MCARTHUR Royal Marines

Lieutenant Commander Rachel Mary SINGLETON

Lieutenant (Acting Lieutenant Commander) Graham THORLEY

Lieutenant Commander Peter James WHITEHEAD

Warrant Officer 1 Air Engineering Technician Stephen Paul WOOD

Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal


Warrant Officer 2 Brian Robert JONES Royal Marine Reserves

Associate of the Royal Red Cross

2nd Class



Lieutenant Sarah Kay THOMPSON Queen Alexandraís Royal Naval Nursing Service

Army Awards


Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Knight Commander


Lieutenant General Christopher Michael DEVERELL MBE, late Royal Tank Regiment

As Companions


Major General Michael David CONWAY, late Adjutant Generalís Corps (Army Legal Services Branch)

Major General John CRACKETT TD, late Royal Corps of Signals Army Reserve

Major General Richard Roderick DAVIS CBE, late Corps of Royal Engineers

Promotions in and Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Knight Commander



Lieutenant General Gerald William BERRAGAN CB, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

As Commanders


Major General Benjamin John BATHURST OBE, late Welsh Guards

Brigadier William James Frank BRAMBLE OBE, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

Major General Alastair Scott DICKINSON, late Corps of Royal Engineers

Colonel James Jefferson LEARMONT, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

Brigadier Timothy Patrick ROBINSON OBE, late The 9th/12th Royal Lancers

Colonel Mark John THORNHILL, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

As Officers


Lieutenant Colonel Timothy John Simon ALLEN, Royal Corps of Signals

Lieutenant Colonel Robin BAKER, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Colonel Christopher Brendan Kevin BARRY, late The Royal Welsh

Lieutenant Colonel Karen GRAHAM, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Martin HART, The Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Keith Mark HUGHES, The Royal Logistic Corps

Colonel Andrew David MOFFAT, late The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Charles MORGAN, The Royal Logistic Corps

Colonel Duncan Anthony Francis Harlidge PARKHOUSE QHP, late Royal Army Medical Corps

Colonel Simon Patrick PLUMMER MBE, late The Rifles

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Richard TRINICK, Royal Army Medical Corps Army Reserve

As Members


Acting Colonel Markham Patrick BRYANT, Army Cadet Force

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Thomas BURKE, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Lieutenant Colonel David Stewart CLOUSTON, The Royal Logistic Corps

Major Christopher Colin ELWORTHY, Corps of Royal Engineers

Captain Timothy Mathew FLEMING, The Parachute Regiment Army Reserve

Major James Richard Hamilton GAYNER, The Rifles

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan James GREAVES, Corps of Royal Engineers

Major Alec Ewart HARVEY, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Acting Major Darren David HEMBERY, Corps of Royal Engineers

Warrant Officer Class 2 Mark Adrian HILL, The Yorkshire Regiment Army Reserve

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Matthew David INGHAM, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew Mark JAMES, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew George JOHNSON, Royal Corps of Signals

Warrant Officer Class 2 Benn LAIDLER, Army Air Corps

Major Brian David LAMONT, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Major Andrew Mark LEWIS, Royal Army Medical Corps

Major Gerard LONG, The Princess of Walesís Royal Regiment Army Reserve

Colonel James Owen McCay LYTTLE TD, The Royal Irish Regiment Army Reserve

Major Norman MACKINNON, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Graham Alexander MARTIN, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)

Major Guy John Nathaniel MASON, The Royal Logistic Corps

Warrant Officer Class 2 John McCLELLAND, Intelligence Corps Army Reserve

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Victoria Ellen McNEILL, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Royal Military Police)

Major Douglas Charles MUIRHEAD, The Parachute Regiment

Warrant Officer Class 2 Louise Victoria OíCONNELL, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Alan Francis OíFLANAGAN, Army Cadet Force

Major Colin Malcolm OLIVER, The Rifles

Lieutenant Colonel Melvin PEARS, Irish Guards

Major Karen PEEK, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mark PEEK, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Captain Euan Gordon PHILBIN, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Acting Colonel Trevor Ernest RICHMOND, Army Cadet Force

Major David ROOK, Royal Corps of Signals

Captain William ROY, The Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Ian SIMPSON, Royal Army Medical Corps Army Reserve

Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Benjamin SIMPSON, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Major William STABLES, The Royal Logistic Corps

Captain Steven Andrew STEWART, The Royal Dragoon Guards

Major Hiroshi Thessalus THEODORAKAKIS, The Royal Logistic Corps

Sergeant Peter TRICKOVIC, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Lieutenant Colonel John WEETMAN, Army Air Corps

Warrant Officer Class 2 Paul Julian WESTCOTT, Royal Corps of Signals

Captain Timothy Stephen WHITEWAY, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Captain Lee Duncan WILDEY, The Yorkshire Regiment

Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal


Lieutenant Colonel Bibek BANERJEE, Royal Army Medical Corps Army Reserve

Lieutenant Colonel Dominique Sara CAIRNS TD, Royal Corps of Signals Army Reserve

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael HANCOCK, The Mercian Regiment Army Reserve

Acting Brigadier Philip Rowland MIXER TD, late Royal Army Medial Corps Army Reserve

Warrant Officer Class 2 Richard Edward RUDDOM, The Royal Logistic Corps Army Reserve

Royal Air Force


Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Knight Commander


Air Marshal Barry Mark NORTH OBE

As Companion


Air Vice-Marshal Stuart David ATHA DSO

Promotions in and Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Commander



Group Captain Gary Wayne BUNKELL QVRM ADC, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Group Captain Stephen Franklyn LUSHINGTON

Air Commodore Carl Morrell SCOTT AFC

As Officers


Group Captain David Scott ARTHURTON

Wing Commander Anthony James BAKER

Group Captain David Lucien BRUCE MBE

Wing Commander Paul Andrew COLE

Group Captain Mark HUNT

Group Captain David Cyril MCLOUGHLIN

Group Captain John Clayton PRESCOTT

As Members


Flight Sergeant Vincent Roy BARTLETT

Senior Aircraftsman Adam John BRUERTON

Wing Commander Robin Anthony CAINE

Wing Commander Heather Ann CLARKE

Warrant Officer Sandra FLATT

Squadron Leader Gary Antony LANE, Royal Auxilliary Air Force

Warrant Officer John Joseph MORGAN

Flight Lieutenant Nigel Stephen PAINTER

Squadron Leader Andre PELCOT, Royal Air Force Reserve

Warrant Officer Philip Andrew RODD

Squadron Leader Thomas Leslie STEVENSON

Squadron Leader James Howard TURNER

Squadron Leader Colin WELSH

Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal


Corporal Alan Michael HAYMAN, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Civilians in Defence

Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)


Rodney Alan Rupert GREEN for voluntary service to the Order of St John and St John Ambulance

Alasdair Glen STIRLING for services to Defence

Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Colonel Edward Paul Ronald CAUTLEY, CMG, DL for voluntary service to the Cadet Forces

Lt Colonel James Wilfrid CHURCH for services to veterans

Ian ELGY for services in support of military operations

Colonel Robin Dewhurst GIBSON for services to the Armed Forces

Dr John William SCADDING for services to Medical Research and Defence

Eric Roger SMITH for services to First Aid

Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)


Robert Thomas ALLAN for voluntary service to Service personnel & Veterans

Frederick Thomas BARRETT for services to the Army

James Edward BOWYER for services to Defence

Richard George Hugh BURLEND for services to Defence

Stephen DAVISON for services to Armed Forces personnel

Ms Tammie Elizabeth GRAHAM for services to Royal Marines personnel and families

Dennis Anthony HOLLAND for services to Aviation Safety

Mrs Karen-Marie HORN for services to the Armed Forces & Service families

Mrs Helen KNIGHTS for services in support of military operations

Brian Alan Leslie LARCOMBE for services to UK Hydrographic Office and to Industrial Relations

Melvin Kenneth LEE for services to the Armed Forces

Mrs Alma Joan MURRAY for voluntary service to Service personnel & Veterans

Mrs Fiona Marshall ROBINSON for services to the Army

Mrs Carol SCOTT for services in support of military operations

Michael James WHATTON for services to the Armed Forces

Mrs Dawn Elizabeth WIGGINS for services to Defence

The British Empire Medal (BEM)


Jack ANDOW for voluntary service to Royal Navy veterans

Mrs Lisa CROWLEY for services to Defence and the community, particularly to Young People

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Stuart GLENDINNING-SMITH for voluntary service to the Sea Cadet Corps

Mrs Maureen Sylvia LEWSEY for voluntary service to St John Ambulance

Michael David MOGRIDGE for voluntary service to SSAFA

Mrs Renee OUNSLEY for voluntary service to Royal Air Force veterans

Maurice James WARSOP for services to Defence and for charitable Service to the Royal British Legion

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Yeah, but is there any lower NCO's...
 

Dread

LE
Pleased to say I know a few folk on the list: good lads (and lass) all.

Is it just me or has the Royal Artillery apparently managed to reduce the amount of back-stabbing that used to go on with awards i.e. certain RA officers would do their damndest that if they weren't going to get a gong then no-one was?
 

The_Snail

ADC
RIP
I didn't see ACAB on there.
 
I can't believe Dave Rook is a major.

Regardless, congrats to all the recipients, who I am sure richly deserve their awards.
 
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Seems to be more Cadets and AGC than Int Coprs this year. I did like this name though 'Major Hiroshi Thessalus THEODORAKAKIS'.

Looks like a possible husband and wife RA double award- would this be the first time this has occurred?
 
Nice to see the efforts of junior ranks recognised there.
Oh, hang on. No, no they wern't.
Nice to see that John Majors drive for equality in awards actually had the reverse effect. I do note that the BEM has been reintroduced however, but none awarded to any military personel. Can anyone enlighten me as to why this is as this used to be the medal where junior ranks could receive recognition for their efforts.
 
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Adjutant Generalis Corps !

Curious that such a typo could slip through so many checks. Luckily, our ebola checks are much more effecti.... Oh, maybe not.
 

jim30

LE
I know it's common to bemoan the lack of juniors on these lists, but for the most part these awards represent many years of commitment and service to get one. They are rightly not handed out easily. By definition if you are I the running for one, you are long past the point where you are a junior, unless you've really got your heart set on that 22yr vet RSM pension...


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LancePrivateJones

MIA
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I know it's common to bemoan the lack of juniors on these lists, but for the most part these awards represent many years of commitment and service to get one. They are rightly not handed out easily. By definition if you are I the running for one, you are long past the point where you are a junior, unless you've really got your heart set on that 22yr vet RSM pension...
It's not just juniors (there were 2), SNCO awards are pretty rare on this list as well.

Just for the record;

Officers - 101, encompassing every rank and its equivalent from Lt to Lt/Gen.

Warrant Officers - 18

OR's - 5, out of which 3 were S/Sgt or Sgt equivalent.

More than a slight discrepancy there I would respectfully submit.
 

Seadog

ADC
We do this every year, twice. Did anyone who is complaining that the officer/OR split is so unfair, recommend any ORs for an honour?

Operational honours are where ORs rightly clean up.

James Cordon managed to score an OBE. Must have been for some serious charity work, donating a kidney or something because it isn't for comedy the unfunny knacker.
 

LancePrivateJones

MIA
Book Reviewer
We do this every year, twice. Did anyone who is complaining that the officer/OR split is so unfair, recommend any ORs for an honour?

Operational honours are where ORs rightly clean up.

James Cordon managed to score an OBE. Must have been for some serious charity work, donating a kidney or something because it isn't for comedy the unfunny knacker.
No, I'm not in the army any more and am in no position to do so.

However, it would appear that the nominating officers decided to basically ignore the OR's but still manage 101 gongs for themselves, how nice.

I'm a civvy now and the disparity looks rather blatant to me.

Edit; @Seadog and @jim30, are/were you both officers by any chance?
 

jim30

LE
I am an ex officer and CS. From my perspective, average length of service is 8 years (if that) for many other ranks. This means the window for opportunity for an award is tiny as once outside training you'll only have a small time to demonstrate a piece of work and leadership so great that you get written up for a gong. This applies equally to young officer and junior soldiers.

To get to the stage where you are in the running for an mbe or obe, you need to have shown something pretty special and warranted a write up for it, going beyond just the normal means of recognition in the system (I am very big on recognition and it depresses me that all three services don't use the full range of opportunities at their disposal). For a junior solider again it's difficult to find many opportunities where they are operating in an environment where they can do this without many others sharing a similar work experience.

It's also incumbent on everyone at all levels of the system to show leadership to write up and recognise commitment too. This isn't just about Col Bloggs refusing to write someone up, it's about everyone in the leadership chain from Lance Jack upwards spotting and recognising the sort of talent and commitment that makes them tell their own superiors about it and ensuring Pte Bloggs gets recognised. We hear lots of moaning about how ORs are not recognised, but how many in their chain have done their utmost to write them up for it at all levels?

I've never sensed a conspiracy to keep the little man down, more a reality that the threshold to get one is very high, the window where ones career makes them likely to be able to work to qualify for one is very small, and most people don't stay serving long enough to qualify and the entire system doesn't always do it's best to recognise efforts of others.


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I've never sensed a conspiracy to keep the little man down, more a reality that the threshold to get one is very high, the window where ones career makes them likely to be able to work to qualify for one is very small, and most people don't stay serving long enough to qualify and the entire system doesn't always do it's best to recognise efforts of others.

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There is an important difference in the CS insofar as the Imperial Service Medal is available to selected AA's and AO's upon retirement after completion of at least 25 years service; trying to get my Department to actually award the bloody thing to the deserving is another issue entirely...
 
Of the 13 RN MBEs, only 4 of them have been awarded to 'GL/DE' Officers, the other 9 are either to SRs/WOs or UYs/SUYs.
 
Because PDF to HTML cut'n'paste is an ar(r)se, re-read JSP 761 Ch4, para 0409 and App 1 to Ann A to Ch4 for an idea on how/why it is quite hard for anyone to be given a State Honour.

http://ndm-pr.webs.com/jsp761[1].pdf
 

LancePrivateJones

MIA
Book Reviewer
I am an ex officer and CS. From my perspective, average length of service is 8 years (if that) for many other ranks. This means the window for opportunity for an award is tiny as once outside training you'll only have a small time to demonstrate a piece of work and leadership so great that you get written up for a gong. This applies equally to young officer and junior soldiers.

To get to the stage where you are in the running for an mbe or obe, you need to have shown something pretty special and warranted a write up for it, going beyond just the normal means of recognition in the system (I am very big on recognition and it depresses me that all three services don't use the full range of opportunities at their disposal). For a junior solider again it's difficult to find many opportunities where they are operating in an environment where they can do this without many others sharing a similar work experience.

It's also incumbent on everyone at all levels of the system to show leadership to write up and recognise commitment too. This isn't just about Col Bloggs refusing to write someone up, it's about everyone in the leadership chain from Lance Jack upwards spotting and recognising the sort of talent and commitment that makes them tell their own superiors about it and ensuring Pte Bloggs gets recognised. We hear lots of moaning about how ORs are not recognised, but how many in their chain have done their utmost to write them up for it at all levels?

I've never sensed a conspiracy to keep the little man down, more a reality that the threshold to get one is very high, the window where ones career makes them likely to be able to work to qualify for one is very small, and most people don't stay serving long enough to qualify and the entire system doesn't always do it's best to recognise efforts of others.
Just so I can get this right, you don't believe that the system is unfair and the vast imbalance between officer awards and OR awards is OK.

Right...

Oddly enough I always find that it is officers that defend this system (especially the huge disparities), could it be because they are the ones that mainly benefit from it?

It has always been like this and I suspect that it will continue to be so, some things just never change.

I still cannot believe that only 3 SNCO's (not straight out of training by any means) got honoured and this statistic set against 101 officer awards tells me and confirms everything that I have ever suspected about this system.
 

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