A Bristol Army reservist who in civilian life works as a fitter manufacturing the Airbus A330 wings at Filton has been honoured after completing 34 years’ unbroken service.
Corporal Richard Brown, aged 56, of Yate, who serves in Keynsham-based 105 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), received the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol’s Certificate for Meritorious Service during ceremonies at the Merchant Venturers’ Hall, Clifton.
Richard joined the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Army) at Speedwell and has served in various REME units across Bristol.
“As a youngster, my ambition was to join the RAF,” he admits. “But my dad was a toolmaker and found an engineering apprenticeship with a company at Bitton – which took me in a different direction.
“Since then, I have always liked the appeal of mixing a civilian job with the days we spend in uniform. Thanks to the Army, I’ve had some great experiences, travelling to countries such as Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark and Gibraltar.”
Richard has always had a keen interest in shooting and is now responsible for training Armourers across the whole of 105 Battalion as well as being a member of a small team with responsibility for inspecting weapons held by more than 160 cadet units across the South West and Wales.
Also awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service were:
- Lieutenant Christopher Cameron, Senior Training Officer, Bristol University Royal Naval Unit.
- Peter Stanley, adult instructor with Clifton College Combined Cadet Force.
- Commander Clive Smith, Deputy Area Officer South West, Sea Cadet Corps.
- Captain Christopher Verrinder, Assistant County Training, City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force.
- Lieutenant Natalie Wong, Officer Commanding, 2442 (Westbury-on-Trym) Squadron, Air Training Corps.