A Weymouth Reservist with the Territorial Army has been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers.
Lance Corporal David Clifford, a dedicated family man and local fundraiser, received a certificate for Meritorious Service with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron, from the Lord-Lieutenant on Thursday (October 17).
The 41 year-old dedicates much of his spare time to the Reserves, acting as a Sword Orderly for the Squadron, where he attends a number of prestigious events across the country.
He is also a keen fundraiser and has taken on a number of challenges to raise funds for Dorchester Keep Museum, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Squadron’s Old Comrades Association.
The rest of David’s time is devoted to his three children, aged 6, 12 and 15.
He said: “As a family man being in the TA gives me a lot of flexibility because I can have a full-time job and earn money as a Reservist at the same time if I choose to.
“For the moment I want to spend that time with my children and it also gives me the time to take on fundraising ventures for charity.
“I adore my squadron and I adore its history so I’m always looking for ways to keep it alive through fundraising and generally helping out,” he said.
“That’s part of the reason I became a Sword Orderly for the Royal Wessex Yeomanry – there’s nothing better than being able to represent your Squadron at big events.
He added: “I am so honoured to have received this award from the Lord-Lieutenant and it’s one of my proudest moments to date.”
However David says the pinnacle of his career was when he acted as Sword Orderly for the Queen’s visit to Sherborne Abbey in 2012.
“To be able to do something like that for the Queen of our country was just incredible and it was without doubt my proudest moment to date.”
Others who received the award for Meritorious Service with the Reserve and Cadet Forces in Dorset were:
• Platoon Serjeant Kevin Loader, 44, of Bournemouth – a skilled Platoon Serjeant at C Company 6 Rifles who has been with the TA for a total of 18 years. He runs his own vehicle recovery business in Bournemouth.
• Corporal Nigel Scott, 51 of Dorchester – a Military Clerk at C Company 6 Rifles and former police officer, who has served twice in Afghanistan.
• Major Andrew Robert Garrett, 45, of Wimborne – a County Training Officer at Dorset Army Cadet Force responsible for the training of young Cadets throughout Dorset and the Channel Islands.
• Mr Michael Godden, 64, of Bournemouth – a Civilian Instructor with 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) who has been a key figure with the Dorset and Wiltshire Wing ATC for over 40 years.