Honour for long-serving Honiton Army Reservist


devonllawardssimontuckerA 41-year-old Army Reservist from Honiton has received a top award after 23 years’ service, which included two deployments to Afghanistan.

Colour Serjeant Simon Tucker, of 6th Battalion, The Rifles, was awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon’s Certificate for Meritorious Service during ceremonies at Dartington Hall, Totnes.

Simon, a Colour Serjeant with Exeter-based 6th Battalion, The Rifles, also works full-time at the Wyvern Barracks, where he teaches signalling skills to Reservist recruits.

Although brought up in Devon, he went to university in Leeds, where he experienced Army life for the first time in the Officer Training Corps.

Since then, Simon has enjoyed a much-varied, all-action, Army Reserve career. “Clearly, it’s not a nine-to-five job,” he says. “But what I like about it is that there’s always something different going on – and no shortage of opportunities to gain new experiences. For example, I have just returned from a mountaineering expedition in Georgia.”

Also awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service were:

  • Lieutenant Nigel Cooper, commander of Crediton detachment, Devon Army Cadet Force.
  • Corporal Jack Daniels, of Plymouth, a Section Commander in 8 Platoon, Millbay, with 6th Battalion, The Rifles
  • Lt-Colonel Peter Lewis, of Torpoint, Commander, Plymouth College Combined Cadet Force.
  • Staff Sergeant Instructor Mark Sanders, Tiverton Detachment, Army Cadet Force.
  • Corporal Lee Woodfield, of Newton Abbot, a physical training instructor with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (Army Reserve).

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