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Military nurse Kevin's honorary royal appointment.

Byline: Kevin Davies

A UNIVERSITY of Glamorgan lecturer has been appointed the Queen's Honorary Nurse.

Kevin Davies' appointment recognises his contribution to military nursing and disaster healthcare.

The 51-year-old from Llantrisant is the first nurse ever to take up the post.

The principal lecturer at the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science has served as a regular and reserve officer for many years.

This honour follows his appointment as a member of the Royal Red Cross in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of 1997, in recognition of his contribution in Bosnia in 1996.

He has served in numerous conflict areas and was a liaison officer to the UN in war-torn Mostar.

In Kosovo, he was the officer in charge of the UK military hospital's accident and emergency department.

Mr Davies also served as the deputy senior nursing officer in Iraq for a 200-bed field hospital.

Most recently, in Afghanistan, he formed part of the command group for the UK field hospital.

The tenured appointment of Queen's Honorary Nurse is given to two Army nurses at a time - one regular and one reserve. The current regular incumbent is the director of Army nursing and Mr Davies will take up the reserve appointment in line with his 2008 promotion to full Colonel and appointment as commanding officer of the Welsh Field Hospital.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 7, 2009
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