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Queen honours military heroes.

Soldiers and air personnel from Teesside and North Yorkshire have been honoured by the Queen for their work in Iraq.

More than 350 servicemen and women from across the country were given accolades for their courage and professionalism in Operation Telic. Among them was Major Alan Durrant, from Catterick. He serves with the Royal Regiment of Artillery and was awarded an MBE.

Major Nicola Watson, from Northallerton, who serves with Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, was made an Associate of the Royal Red Cross, given for devotion and competency in the performance of nursing duties.

Sgt Stephen Hornsby, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Staff Sgt David Hurst, of The Queen's Royal Lancers, both based at Catterick, were given the MiD award.

Mention in Dispatches is the oldest recognition of gallantry within the UK Armed Forces.

* Awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service were Capt Sharon Findlay, from Northallerton, who serves in Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps; Capt Thomas Holland, from Thirsk, who serves in the Royal Regiment of Artillery; Capt Thomas Hubbard, of Northallerton, who serves in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers; Lt James Pearce, from Catterick, who serves with The Duke of Wellington's Regiment and Flight Sgt Timothy Cooper, from Northallerton, of the RAF. Capt Jeffrey Gable, from Stockton, of the Adjutant General Corps (Royal Military Police) Territorial Army, was given a Bronze Star Medal by the US military.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2003
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