Bristol TA soldiers have been presented with their Jubilee medals by a special guest, the Lord Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior MBE.
The Queen’s representative in the county visited the TA centre in Horfield to award the commemorative medals on 3rd July 2012.
The soldiers who were awarded the medals are members of 57th Signal Squadron (Volunteers) which itself is part of one of the Army’s Territorial Army communications units.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals have been awarded to members of all the Regular and Reservist forces as recognition of individual commitment to service to the country.
Amongst those awarded on the evening was Lance Corporal Joshua Seller, 29, from Iron Acton. Joshua, who has over eight years’ service with the Territorial Army, commented: “It is a great honour to have received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Mary Prior.”
Two years of Joshua’s Reservist career were spent serving at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, where he was involved in facilitating training for Potential Officers from across the World.
“It was a great honour to work at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as it gave me a great opportunity to lead a successful career as a reservist. During my time there I was part of the Academy Communications Troop, which provides the infrastructure to facilitate the Officer Cadet training at the Academy.
“During my time in the TA I have attended adventure training including sailing in the Arctic Circle and Southern Ocean and have also represented the Forces in sailing.”
For Reservists, the Jubilee medal marks their achievement of combining long-term service in the Armed Forces with full time civilian roles and family lives.
Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Sharkey, the Commanding Officer of 39th Signal Regiment (Volunteers) commented on the remarkable work of the soldiers in the unit: “The soldiers within the regiment are all highly committed individuals, many of whom juggle a civilian career with their role in the TA.
“Lance Corporal Seller’s military experience serves as a great example of what can be achieved by those serving in the Territorial Army. Being a part of the regiment has given him the opportunity to develop specialist skills, and undertake training at the world renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
“The Territorial Army plays a vital role in the UK’s defence capabilities and we’re always keen to hear from those who, like Lance Corporal Seller, have the desire, enthusiasm and dedication it takes to be the best.”
For more information on 39th Signal Regiment (Volunteers) and how to join, email 39SR-57-AO@mod.uk or call 01985 223705.