Families see TA soldiers receive medals from mayor

TA Parade and Medal Presentation at Blenheim Camp, Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Coropral Matthew Brocklebank (Campaign medal), Corporal Daniel Scott (VRSM) and Lance Corporal Simon Smith (Campaign Medal)
TA Parade and Medal Presentation at Blenheim Camp, Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Coropral Matthew Brocklebank (Campaign medal), Corporal Daniel Scott (VRSM) and Lance Corporal Simon Smith (Campaign Medal)

BRAVE soldiers were honoured on Tuesday at a parade and medal presentation by the Territorial Army.

Bury St Edmunds Mayor Christopher Spicer awarded Corporal Simon Smith and Corporal Matthew Brocklebank with Afghanistan campaign medals at the Blenheim Camp in Bury St Edmunds.

The two men worked in the war-torn country with the Wattisham-based 4 Regiment Army Air Corp, refuelling and rearming Apache helicopters before their dangerous peacekeeping missions.

Corporal Daniel Scott received a Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) for 10 years of exemplary service.

Captain Andy Smith said all three men deserved the highest praise.

He said: “It can be quite a difficult balancing act between a busy civilian work life and the Army life for these men.

“Many do not make it close to 10 years, it is a great achievement. It is easy for soldiers like me who are full time to get to 10 years because it is our job.

“It is nice for the family to come along and see the men get their medals.

“Sometimes it is the first time they have seen their brother, husband or son in a military atmosphere.

“The two men who received campaign medals were involved in refuelling and rearming Apache helicopters. It is a key job in our mission in keeping the peace over there.”