Reservist Richard receives long service award

December 22 2016

ARMY reservist Corporal Richard Brown has been presented with an award for completing 34 years of unbroken service.

ARMY reservist Corporal Richard Brown has been presented with an award for completing 34 years of unbroken service.

Richard, who lives in Yate, first enrolled in what was then the Territorial Army at Speedwell, Bristol, and has served in various units of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) across the city.

Now with the Keynsham-based 105 Battalion of REME, he received the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol’s Certificate for Meritorious Service during a ceremony at the Merchant Venturers’ Hall in Clifton.

The award was handed to him by the Lord Lieutenant, Mary Prior.

Richard, 56, is a fitter at aircraft manufacturer Airbus in Filton and as a youngster had wanted to join the RAF.

He said: “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.

He is also a member of a small team with responsibility for inspecting weapons held by more than 160 cadet units across the South West and Wales.