A Bristol Royal Marines Reservist who has dedicated 25 years of his life to the ‘Green Beret’ has been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Mary Prior MBE JP.
Philip Jagger, 51, who was promoted to Colour Sergeant earlier this year, received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service in a ceremony at Merchant Hall, Clifton.
Praised for his ‘can do’ enthusiasm and ability to unlock a problem, he spends his spare time doing a vital role with the Royal Marines Reserve as Recruit Company Colour Quartermaster Sergeant, using his knowledge and experience to develop new ranks under training.
Philip has won ten gold medals for the unit skiing team, represented the unit at shooting and run the unarmed combat display team. Whenever there is a call to support community events or ceremonial occasions, he is first to volunteer.
By day he Is a Fire and Rescue Service technical fire safety officer but because his wife, Karen, has a weekly commute to her job in Milton Keynes, he also takes care of domestic responsibilities at home in Clifton. And he finds time to take fitness training for their son’s football team and to encourage their daughter win a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Until family commitments took over, Philip’s early years in the RMR included deployments to Norway for Arctic warfare training and exercises alongside the US Marines.
“When I was first invited by a friend to join the Royal Marines Reserve, I didn’t even know it existed,” he admitted. “But part of being successful in the fire service came from what I had learned in the Royal Marines.
“These days physical training is exactly the same –I put guys through a physical circuit that I remember doing when I started. But there is a massive difference these days where kit and equipment is concerned.”
Others who received Certificates of Meritorious Service at the City and County of Bristol Lord-Lieutenant’s awards ceremony were:
- Major Stephen Anstey, 43, of Patchway, Bristol, who has devoted more than 25 years to service in the City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force as an adult instructor. He works as a commercial manager for Rolls-Royce in its naval business
- Squadron Leader Nigel Roebuck, 53, of Winterbourne, near Bristol, who first became an adult instructor of cadets in 1980 and has command responsibility over five squadrons of the Air Training Corps in Bristol and North Somerset. He is a civil servant.
- Mrs Marion Gibney, 59, of Abbeymead, Gloucester, for her dedication to the Territorial Army as administrative officer with A Company, 6 RIFLES.